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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Dec-14-17
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 17082 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-11-17 Judit Polgar vs P Kerkhof, 1987 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: After 30.Bxe5+ dxe5 31.Qxe5+ Kf8, perhaps simplest is 32.Qe8= Kg7 33.Qg8+ +Kh6 34.Qf8+ Kg5 35.Qg7#.
 
   Dec-08-17 AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Hmm. A certain number keeps popping up. +28 -0 -72 comes out to 64%. When Capablanca, "THe Chess Machine" beat Lasker in 1921, he scored +4 -0 -10 -- which also comes out to 64%.
 
   Dec-07-17 M Graber vs Timman, 1974
 
Phony Benoni: A seemingly unremarkable round 1 crush from a big Swiss System tournament, but something quite unusual does happen: Black makes two en passant captures. Now, if we could find a game with three, that would be an event.
 
   Dec-07-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Added to collection; thanks. Found Jacobs - Stacy from this tournament recently. See introduction to http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
 
   Dec-07-17 E P Elliott vs J W Clark, 1901
 
Phony Benoni: The score given in the source "Minneapolis Star Tribune" August 18, 1901) is corrupt, and the reconstruction suggested here in tentative. See Biographer Bistro (kibitz #17182) for details and discussion.
 
   Dec-06-17 C Medinus vs E F Schrader, 1903
 
Phony Benoni: I'm not sure why Schrqder resigned here, as his king escapes without material loss after 32...Kd8 33.Qh8+ Kc7!
 
   Dec-05-17 Luis Bernal
 
Phony Benoni: Possibly Luis Javier Bernal Moro ?, an IM born in 1971.
 
   Dec-05-17 G Chandler vs B Tauren, 1989 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: I'm not screwing up again. Well, at least not today. 23.Rxc5+ bxc5 24.Qe6#.
 
   Dec-04-17 I Polovodin vs Glek, 1987 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Well, I would do it 41.Rxd7+ Kxd7 42.fxe5. White is going to wind with the two widely disconnected passers, and I don't want to bother worrying about Black trying to fight on with ...e4. That being said, the immediate 42.h5 may be better. but probably both work.
 
   Dec-03-17 Suttles vs Lombardy, 1973
 
Phony Benoni: After <23.Bf1>: [DIAGRAM] Don Thackrey, writing in "Michigan Chess", October 1973, p. 15, remarked: <"You would know this was a Suttles games, even without the names!"> Ah, those must have been wonderful times, with imagination running free and no idea off limits. ...
 
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Oct-23-17
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  Phony Benoni: But why is it defined that way? There seems to be a difference in the philosophy of the games.

Both have lines, posts, etc. marking the boundary between "in play" and "out of play". In baseball, if you are on the boundary you are in play ("fair" ball). In football, if you are on the line, you are out of play.

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?

Oct-23-17
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  WannaBe: Field goals in NCAA are reviewable, unless it's over the top of the upright: https://www.sbnation.com/college-fo...

Not sure about NFL, a line have to be drawn somewhere, regarding the height of the uprights.

The crossbar, is 10ft above ground, same height as the rim in basketball, two uprights are 20ft, making it a total of 30ft. (Probably wouldn't hurt to extend the uprights another 10ft to avoid this issue)

Football (American) is probably, if not, the most confusing sport in the world. The only other item that comes to mind is the game of cribbage.

In soccer, hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, water polo, the ball/puck must be completely in the goal to be counted. There's no breakin' the plane.

In football the plane (end zone) can vary, if it's a scoring situation, it's 90 degrees to the field (break the plane).

But on a punt, you can bat the ball back as long as the player and the ball have not touched the ground of end zone. So, in theory, the plane is 179.9999 degrees.

In baseball a player or the ball can be completely in foul territory and a play can be made that affects the game. (Don't know about cricket...)

Oct-23-17
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  saffuna: And why is it called the "foul pole" anyway, if a ball hitting it is fair?
Oct-23-17
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  WannaBe: Strange Points Differential stats...

2-5 Colts (-103) and 3-4 Arizona (-73) have worse PD than two 0-7 teams, Cleveland (-66) and 49ers (-63)

4-3 Jacksonville (+73) have better PD than 5-2 New England (+29), Pittsburgh (+31), Kansas City (+46), Minnesota (+27), and just barely with LA Rams (+74).

5-1 Philadelphia (+43) will play tonight, unless they outscore Washington by 30 points, 6-1 Eagles will also have less PD than Jacksonville.

Go Fig.

Oct-23-17
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  Phony Benoni: It's called the "foul pole" because the corresponding line in the field is the "foul line". When they start calling that the "fair line", they can have "fair pole".
Oct-23-17
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  saffuna: Damn...of course!
Oct-24-17
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  WannaBe: Uneven baseball uniforms, once you see them, you can never 'unsee' them. =)

https://uni-watch.com/2016/05/10/a-...

That's another thing about baseball that is unique, football, pull-over uni, basketball, hockey, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, same thing.

Baseball, ohhhhhhh no! Buttons, button-down shirt!

Oct-25-17
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  saffuna: I am so tired of hearing radio and TV announcers desccribe why the pitch was so bad when a batter hits it hard. Major league hitters can't hit a good pitch?

Kuechel's pitch to Turner last night certainly wasn't bad. And Turner really didn't hit it that well (37% angle).

Oct-27-17
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  keypusher: Hey, PB, a bunch of people on the Jeremy Lim page are talking about the Series, thought I would post this article (one of the things they are talking about).

https://fivethirtyeight.com/feature...

Oct-27-17
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  saffuna: All this talk about Game Two being one of the greatest Series games ever. Come on, it wasn't even the best extra inning 7-6 game ever.
Oct-30-17
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  Phony Benoni: Now I don't want to hear any arguments. That was the greatest 13-12 extra innings game in World Series history.
Oct-30-17
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  saffuna: I'm trying to make an NFL joke, but I'm not sure an overtime game can end 13-12.

Does a safety end an overtime game?

Maybe a 10-10 game, a team gets caught for a safety, then scores a field goal.

Oct-30-17
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  OhioChessFan: Team A scores a field goal on the first possession of a 10-10 game, makes it 13-10. Team B is guaranteed a possession, they take the ball, throw an interception to Team A in the end zone. Team A runs the ball out of the end zone, is tackled, and fumbles the ball out of that end zone. Safety. Team B had their possesion, so game over, Team A wins 13-12.
Oct-30-17
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  saffuna: Right. I hadn't thought of that.
Oct-30-17
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  OhioChessFan: Reviewing the overtime rules, it appears a safety counts as a score, without a guaranteed possession either way, so the game would end then.
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!
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