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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Oct-22-18
Greetings, O Seeker After Knowledge! You have arrived in Detroit, Michigan (whether you like it or not), and are reading words of wisdom from a player rated 2938--plus or minus 1000 points.

However, I've retired from serious play--not that I ever took playing chess all that seriously. You only have to look at my games to see that. These days I pursue the simple pleasures of finding games that are bizarre or just plain funny. I'd rather enjoy a game than analyze it.

For the record, my name is David Moody. This probably means nothing to you unless you're a longtime player from Michigan, though it's possible that if you attended any US Opens from 1975-1999 we might have crossed paths. Lucky you.

If you know me at all, you'll realize that most of my remarks are meant to be humorous. I do this deliberately, so that if my analysis stinks to High Heaven I can always say that I was just joking.

As you can undoubtedly tell from my sparkling wit, I'm a librarian in my spare time. Even worse, I'm a cataloger, which means I keep log books for cattle. Also, I'm not one of those extroverts who sit at the Reference Desk and help you with research. Instead, I spend all day staring at a computer screen updating and maintaining information in the library's catalog. The general public thinks Reference Librarians are dull. Reference Librarians think Catalogers are dull.

My greatest achievement in chess, other than tricking you into reading this, was probably mating with king, bishop and knight against king in a tournament game. I have to admit that this happened after an adjournment, and that I booked up like crazy before resuming. By the way, the fact I have had adjourned games shows you I've been around too long.

My funniest moment occurred when I finally got a chance to pull off a smothered mate in actual play. You know, 1.Nf7+ Kg8 2.Nh6+ Kh8 3.Qg8+ Rxg8 4.Nf7#. When I played the climactic queen check my opponent looked at the board in shocked disbelief and said, "But that's not mate! I can take the queen!"

Finally, I must confess that I once played a positional move, back around 1982. I'll try not to let that happen again.

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   Phony Benoni has kibitzed 17461 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-18 J Mieses vs Marshall, 1908
Phony Benoni: Mieses' pieces rarely cowered like this.
   Oct-20-18 E Delmar vs L Rosen, 1908
Phony Benoni: <"The following game was played for a special prize in advance of the state tournament."> American Chess Bulletin, August 1908, p. 161.
   Oct-19-18 Prague (1908)
Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett: Another curiosity is that <Rabinovich> seems to have been going under the name <Leontieff> around this time. Perhaps he was in hiding from the Russian secret police. He's plain <Rabinovich> by the time of Karlsbad (1911).> A possibility ...
   Oct-12-18 Velimirovic vs Ehlvest, 1987
Phony Benoni: After <9...g6> [DIAGRAM] White is face with the threat of 10..Bh6 winning apiece. The position had occurred before, White responding <10.Ng4> in Chekhov vs L Zaid, 1974 and <10.Nd3> in J Hickl vs Pinter, 1987 . White lost both games, but the result was not due
   Oct-12-18 O Field vs Schleckster, 1908
Phony Benoni: <FSR> I tried "The Hackensack Immortal" myself, but apparently it received the recognition it deserved.
   Oct-04-18 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: Several years ago, I purchased reprint set of the American Chess Bulletin (1904-1962). It's a very useful resource, but I've been frustrated by the lack of a good overall index, both for names and games. I tried starting a names index, but the tools I have are not suited for ...
   Oct-03-18 J Mieses vs C Jaffe, 1907
Phony Benoni: The game was adjourned, but White resigned without resuming play. (American Chess Bulletin, February 1908, p. 23.)
   Oct-02-18 Allies vs Marshall, 1906
Phony Benoni: The list of Allies I gave earlier came from American Chess Bulletin, January 1907, p. 9. However, both "Indianapolis News" and Indianapolis Star" for November 20, 1907, indicate the third ally was <C C Glazier> rather than Barnhart.
   Sep-25-18 Alekhine / Koltanowski vs Antwerp, 1934 (replies)
Phony Benoni: It was a simul because Alekhine had two opponents: the Antwerp Chess Club, and Koltanowski.
   Sep-22-18 Blackburne vs P F Johner, 1907
Phony Benoni: This game was cancelled when Johner withdrew after round 7.
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Let's play two!

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  Phony Benoni: <jessicafischerqueen>: If you have all of one player's games with round information, you can easily determine all the pairings -- provided, of course, that the tournament used the same Berger Table of Pairings that you are using. The key is to determining Petrovs' pairing number, which can be done by examining his color allocations. Generally a player will alternate colors in each round, but at some point during the tournament will receive either two White or two Blacks in a row. It works out like this:

#1: starts W, receives W in rds.1-2
#2: starts W, receives W in rds.3-4
#3: starts W, receives W in rds.5-6
#4: starts W, receives W in rds.7-8
#5: starts W, receives W in rds.9-10
#6: starts W, receives W in rds.11-12
#7: starts W, receives W in rds.13-14
#8: starts W, alternates in every round

#9: starts B, receives B in rds.1-2
#10: starts B, receives W in rds.3-4
#11: starts B, receives W in rds.5-6
#12: starts B, receives W in rds.7-8
#13: starts B, receives W in rds.9-10
#14: starts B, receives W in rds.11-12
#15: starts B, receives W in rds.13-14
#16: starts B, Alternates all the way

The pattern is pretty obvious.

I don't have all Petrovs' games, but I see from the one in the database that he had Black in round 3-4, which means his pairing number is <10>. Now, you can go to the table given by <Chessdreamer> and determine the pairing numbers of his opponents. Once you have all the pairing numbers, it's just a matter of plugging things in.

For example, in round 1 Petrovs had Black against BogolJUBOV,, who had pairing number #7. In round 2, White against Book, who is #8.

To do the "plugging in", I make a copy of the Berger table in Notepad or some other word processing thinggee, and do a "find-and-replace. If you try this it is important to start with player #16 and work backwards.

If you have trouble with this, send me a list of Petrovs' games and I'll construct the pairings. It only takes a minute or two once or two.

If the result doesn't match the information you have, then a different system of pairing of used and I probably can't help you.

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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> Hold on -- I read the rouind numbers round. Petrovs had Blackin rounds 5 and 6, which makes him player #11.
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<Phony Benoni>

That is a most stunning and generous offer, I can't thank you enough!

If you can figure this out, then we can at least prepare <Kemeri 1939> for future promotion, provided ever starts uploading new games and correction slips again. At present, has already published 87 of 120 games for this event:

Game Collection: Kemeri 1939 International Tournament

Should I send you the list of Petrovs round numbers and dates by email, or post it here in your house?

My email is

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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> Just sent you an e-mail. You can reply to it or post here, whichever is easier.
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  Tabanus: You can also check vs Postimees. I think they have all rounds + dates.

For example, reports of round 4, from a phone call from Flohr to Keres!

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I just sent it to you, thank you so much!!

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  Phony Benoni: E-mail returned. Hope everything checks out.
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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> I just noticed tht the Kemeri collection has gamves from both Tenis Melngailis and Emilis Melngailis, who are two different people.

Emilis was born in1874, so I suspect Temis (b.1911) is the correct player. Bu this needs to be checked.

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<Phony Benoni> I also noticed that, and I share your opinion.

In addition to the ages of the players, the biography of <Emilis> has this to say:

(born Feb-15-1874, died Dec-20-1954, 80 years old) Latvia

Latvian composer and folklorist. His son <<<Tenis Melngailis played in the 1939 Kemeri tournament.>>>>

I find it highly doubtful that they played this event together as a father and son "tag team."

I will check in the Encyclopedia for Latvian Chess Players for further information.

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<Phony Benoni>

Is there a connection between <The Hamburger Table> and the infamous <Summer Hamburger Numbers>?

They sound very similar to me, but you can't really go by me, since I rarely know what I'm talking about at the best of times.

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<Phony Benoni> on "the Melngailis affair" good and bad news...

Good news: <hemy> has provided contemporaneous documentary evidence proving that it was <Tenis Melngailis> who played at <Kemeri 1939>, as you suspected:

Source of photograph: "Stāsti un Romāni", March 25, 1939, p. 14.

Bad news: It may be a long time, gusting up to never, for any correction slip on this issue to be processed.

I have no confirmation that even one new game has been uploaded to, or one new correction slip processed, since <Daniel> died.

I am thinking of asking in the <Cranky Biographer's Bistro> and the <Even Crankier forum page> if any member can confirm that they have succeeded in uploading a game or getting a correction slip processed since <Daniel> died.

I have several items on queue related to <Vladimirs Petrovs> but none of them has been processed.

I am hesitant to submit any more items until I know somebody is actually driving this ship.

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  Phony Benoni: <jessicafischerqueen>

Good to have confirmation on the Melngailis question. The Steak of Contemporaneous Documentary Evidence beats Hamberger every time.

I'm rather cranky about the game / correction slip submission situation myself.what with nearly 4,000 US Open games waiting to be sent in plus those from the ACB project. But there seems no reason to add to the mess until maters get resolved oone way or another.

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<Phony Benoni> Yes I just posted about that in my forum. <hemy> and I are not uploading any more new <Petrovs> games until we hear that new games are in fact being uploaded at all.

I did however submit an <Emilis Melngailis> game today. If it is ever published, his bio page may survive in the long run, since every single game in there right now was played by his son.

I really hope this is not an issue of the new bosses not knowing how to work <Daniel's> game publishing code.

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Oh there is this though- one (1) of my correction slips was in fact recently fixed by the new management:

Viktors Rosenbergs

Victors Rosenbergs should be changed to Viktors Rosenbergs

Submitted July 18, 2018


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  Phony Benoni: Black's last move was suicide, but it was mate in any event and the Will to Live can only go so far.

[Event "Gudmundur Arasib Ut *Ioeb("]
[Site "Hafnarfjordur ISL"]
[Date "1996.12.15"]
[EventDate "1996.12.13"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Leosson, Torfi"]
[Black "Burden, James"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[Source "TWIC"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.f4 Qc7 10.f5 Bc4 11.g4 h6 12.Qd2 b5 13.Bf3 b4 14.Ne2 a5 15.Ng3 Nbd7 16.Qg2 Bb5 17.h4 a4 18.Nd2 Qxc2 19.g5 Ng8 20.Nh5 Bf8 21.g6 f6 22.Be2 Bc6 23.0-0 Nc5 24.Rfc1 Qxb2 25.Nc4 Bxe4 26.Qf1 a3 27.Nxb2 axb2 28.Bxc5 dxc5 29.Bf3 bxa1Q 30.Rxa1 Bxf3 31.Qxf3 Rc8 32.Qb7

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Rd8 33.Qf7# . 1-0

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<Phony Benoni>

<The Steak of Contemporaneous Documentary Evidence beats Hamberger every time.>

Unless there is a misteak!

We have uncovered three errors in the contemporaneous steak for <Kemeri 1939> round pairings. Luckily the hamburger table caught the misteaks.

I fear it might be necessary to have *both* hamburger and steak for the finest, and most accurate, dining experience?

Here is scienceterrific evidence:

Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #775)

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  Phony Benoni: <jessicafischerqueen: >

Food for thought.

Looking at the final position of the games in question, there is no doubt that the Berger Table method had the colors right. I'm just glad the games weren't draws!

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<Food for thought> lol

Interestingly, one of the reasons the Hamburger table was chosen for chess purposes was that these tables typically have a checkered pattern table cloth.

It's a scientific fact!

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, what are you guys trying to get to the Superbowl? Putting a whooping on New England!
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  Phony Benoni: I'm not getting too excited yet, Travis; New England had a lot of injuries and never play their best in September. Let's see what happens against the Cowboys, and other good teams like the First Place Bears. (Good grief, who opened the door and let 1985 back in?)
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Is it time for a <Mike Ditka> comeback? I mean on the field, not just on the sidelines.

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  Phony Benoni: Nah, Ditka couldn't coach these days. Just that look on his face would draw a penalty for Unnecessary Roughness.
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<Phony Benoni> By "comeback" I meant him actually playing in the games, wearing the Bears uniform and all of that gear that they wear in "American Foots Balls."

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, Ditka is probably too small to play in the NFL today. Besides, he's ot his singing career:

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  Phony Benoni: Several years ago, I purchased reprint set of the American Chess Bulletin (1904-1962). It's a very useful resource, but I've been frustrated by the lack of a good overall index, both for names and games.

I tried starting a names index, but the tools I have are not suited for this purpose and the results were too clunky to be useful.

So I've started on the games instead. This has probably been done already, but duplicating somebody else's work has never deterred me before. Besides, how else can I be sure they're right?

So far, I have finished the first four volumes, for 1904-1907. Links to the collections can be found here:

Game Collection: American Chess Bulletin - Years covered

I will not be submitting missing games until the present situation is clarified. If you'd like to take a crack at doing that for any of the games, be my guest. Hopefully, I have provided enough information to allow this.

If you'd like to receive PGN files of the games, contact me.

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