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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Feb-17-18
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 17151 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-17-18 Dreev vs E Solozhenkin, 1996
 
Phony Benoni: <5.b6> is a suicide mission, using a pawn that was going to disappear in any event to sow a little confusion in the Black ranks and entice them onto unfamiliar terrain. Black as if in tribute to the cheeky foot soldier, disdains to capture it in favor of tending to more ...
 
   Feb-17-18 Soltis vs Quinteros, 1975 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Andrew Soltis. A Man For All Seasons.
 
   Feb-16-18 D Yuffa vs Bologan, 2015 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Kind of hard to go wrong on whose move it is today!
 
   Feb-15-18 Vladislav Vorotnikov
 
Phony Benoni: To have both the first and last names begin and end with the same letter must be unusual. But when that letter is "V"...
 
   Feb-15-18 Tolnai vs Z Gyimesi, 1993 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Okay, be honest. How many racked your brains trying to win for White? I mean, besides em.
 
   Feb-14-18 J P Sonnet vs M Poupinel, 1985 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Red is the color o the day, so maybe we could have had The Scarlet Poupinel.
 
   Feb-14-18 Larsen vs Joel Benjamin, 1987 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Sweet.
 
   Feb-13-18 A Kovchan vs A Volokitin, 2015 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Rooks belong behind passed pawns, whether your own or your opponent's. So just knock out White's rook, and install black's/
 
   Feb-12-18 Blackburne vs NN, 1898 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: As Lincoln wrote in his Log: "If it looks like a mating attack, smells like a mating attack, and quacks like a mating attack, then you'd better duck!" 30.Rxb6+ axb6 31.Qxb6#, or 30...Kc7 31.Rb7# via an unusual double check.
 
   Feb-10-18 E P Elliott vs A T Bigelow, 1906 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Thanks. Edward Winter had a question about this nearly a decade ago: X. N. 5779. Excelsior, 1905 I don't see that he ever got a reply, though I'm not very practiced at using his site.
 
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Let's play two!

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Nov-08-17
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  keypusher: Happy birthday, David!
Nov-08-17
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  WannaBe: Happy Boithday, have a Dr. Pepper on me!
Nov-18-17
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  Stonehenge: Nice photo for your Game Collection: Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood,1945

http://www.julielondon.org/J/Family...

Nov-18-17
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  Phony Benoni: probably the only time in history more guys came to kibitz the kibitzers rather than the games!

I need to go back over that thing and finish it up.

Nov-25-17
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  Fusilli: <PB>, in Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955, you may want to delete the note, as all the problems that it notes were taken care of. Cheers!
Nov-26-17
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  Phony Benoni: <Fusilli> Change made. Thanks.
Dec-07-17
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  MissScarlett: E P Elliott vs J W Clark, 1901 has finally arrived.
Dec-07-17
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Added to collection; thanks.

Found Jacobs - Stacy from this tournament recently. See introduction to http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Dec-10-17
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  WannaBe: J. Morris and A. Trammell got elected!
Dec-10-17
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  saffuna: Pro-Detroit bias!
Dec-15-17
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  MissScarlett: Found/submitted the prelims victory by Eastman over Kashdan: Game Collection: US Open 1934, Chicago = 35th ACF Tournament in the Cincinnati Enquirer, 09.09.1934. Surprised Lahde missed it.
Dec-15-17
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  Phony Benoni: <Miss Scarlett> Thanks. I'm rather embarrassed at missing the it myself. Thought I had gone through the Cincinnati Enquirer more thoroughly than that.
Dec-15-17
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  WannaBe: Should read The National Enquirer...
Dec-16-17
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  MissScarlett: One slight problem - the game is the same as Denker vs G Eastman, 1934. I noticed yesterday that the opening was similar, but I just played through it waiting for the divergence that never came...What's the source for the score?
Dec-16-17
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  OhioChessFan: <If a batter ball hits the foul pole, it is considered a home run even it it bounces back on the field or into foul territory.>

Because the foul pole is over/higher than the fence. The fence is the dividing line of the field. The equivalent to a field goal hitting a post and bouncing back would be a baseball hitting the top of the fence and bouncing back.

Dec-16-17
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  OhioChessFan: <But, even so, there is an inconsistency in football. If a kicked ball goes directly over the goal post, it's good. If it's a foot lower. hits the goal post and bounces back, it's no good. Why should the physical presence of the goal post be allowed to make a difference?>

I have never understood that one. Another thought. If a punted football is rolling with its ends facing the sidelines and a player stops it an inch before it reaches the goal line, what is the call? I used to know, but have forgotten. The problem is that when you reorient the ball to be snapped so the ends are facing the goalines, you either have to move the ball forward a few inches so that the center isn't snapping while it's on the goalline, or you must acknowledge the orientation of the rolling ball impacts where a touchback is warranted.

Dec-17-17
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  Phony Benoni: <Missscarlett> Unfortunately, my records don't indicate a source for that game. As I mentioned, I did go through Keeney's column in the <Cincinnati Enquirer>, and I'm left with the even more embarrassing possibility that I either misread or mistranscribed White's name.
Dec-17-17
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  MissScarlett: But the dating of the game to the finals suggests the source was different.
Dec-17-17
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> I determinef the chronology before finding the game. When I thought it was Denker - Eastman, I gave it the data of that game. Kashdan - Eastman would have been played on July 22.

I'll send in a correction to change White's name Kashdan, and correct the section round / date information.

Dec-18-17
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  OhioChessFan: <But, even so, there is an inconsistency in football. If a kicked ball goes directly over the goal post, it's good. If it's a foot lower. hits the goal post and bounces back, it's no good. Why should the physical presence of the goal post be allowed to make a difference?>

The thought just hit me, sheer speculation, but it seems to me to be consistent, is maybe the underlying thought is that to be good, a kick must pass inside the outer edge of the goalposts. If it hits the goalpost and bounces back, sure enough, it didn't pass inside the outer edge. If it goes directly over the goalpost, voila, it did pass inside the outer edge. The physical presence of the goalpost is a necessity for the determination of where the ball is travelling, but at least the premise is consistent..

Dec-25-17
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, <Phony Benoni>. Wish you good health for the upcoming year.
Jan-01-18
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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <PB>! :)
Jan-26-18
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  MissScarlett: See you have some new Western championship games; what's the story behind the Brasket notebook?
Jan-26-18
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> I have no firsthand information. A collector in New York has access to game notebooks from players like Brasket, and shared the US Open games with me.
Feb-17-18
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  zborris8: <Phony Benoni> Hello. I'm organizing a CG Tournament on Gameknot. Details are at my forum if you're interested. Thanks!
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