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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Aug-18-17
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 16943 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-17 R Zile vs Nyberg, 1984 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I once played through a collection of Polish Opening games this sort of thing where Black plays ...Ne3 with the bishop on b4 is a common sort of trap. If 11.Qa4 Bd7 sets White insoluble problems, and 11.Qc1 Nxg2+ and 12...Nxf4 is little better. For the pun, rhyme with "Mille" ...
   Aug-17-17 Seidman vs G Kramer, 1946 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Perhaps a little harder than I thought a decade ago, since White has a number of tempting choices. Having completely forgotten my previous post, I was considering 24.Qxc5.
   Aug-16-17 DeFirmian vs Huebner, 1995 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Start with <20.Rg3+>. Rook can't be taken since 21.Qg5+ will be mate next move, so <20...Kh8 21.Qh6 Bxf6> and now we wrap it up in style: <22.Qg7+ Bxg7 23.Bxg7+ Kh8 24.Bf6#>. Oh, black played 21...Rg8+ instead. Well, not like it was a problem.
   Aug-15-17 Oral vs S Brodbeck, 1997 (replies)
Phony Benoni: If white is feeling sadistic, he can play m9ind games with the bishop for a while: <23.Rxh6+ Bxh6 24.Qxe5+ Bg7 25.Qh2+ Bh6 26.Qe5+ Bg7 27.Qh2+ Bh6 28.Qxh6#>
   Aug-14-17 N Zwirs vs P V Nandhidhaa, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Not obvious. I naturally looked at 21.Qh8+ first, but it doesn't work with h7 not covered.
   Aug-13-17 chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <saffuna> A quick check shows that I cannot delete posts on my player page.
   Aug-08-17 Mamedyarov vs Lu Shanglei, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Oh, clearly <24.Ne8+ Bxc6 25.Nd6#<. Much funnier than 24.Nb5+.
   Aug-07-17 Acs vs A Khruschiov, 1997 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Mating possibility if we lure the queen from c8. 40.Ne7+ does nothing, though. Try reversing moves. Ah, <40.Rc8+> lures the queen to c8 instead, with the sequel <40...Qxc8 41.Ne7+ Kf8 42.Nxc8.> And if Black's d-pawn gets uppity, the White king can deal with it.
   Aug-05-17 L R Eisenberg vs E F Schrader, 1904
Phony Benoni: The game E F Schrader vs L R Eisenberg, 1904 from round 7 the 7th American Chess Congress (St. Louis, 1904) reached this position: [DIAGRAM] At this point the score in the "American Chess Bulletin", November 1904, p.116, breaks off with the note "After fifty more moves the game
   Aug-05-17 L Uedemann vs G Schwietzer, 1904
Phony Benoni: This game appears in the "American Chess Bulletin", November 1904, p. 115. After <28.a4> [DIAGRAM] This statement appears: "Black mates by 28...Q-Kt5 29.K-R2 Kt-B5, etc." The line given is not possible in the diagrammed position. What I think probably happened is that ...
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  Penguincw: At least Gio still got the win. A few weeks ago, leading 1-0, Scherzer after pitching 7.1 IP of no-hit ball, gave up a hit, then an error, then a hit by pitch, wild pitch, and then another hit. He took the loss in a 2-1 defeat to MIA.

But nice tribute by Gonzalez to his late friend, Jose Fernandez on his birthday (Gonzalez grew up in the area).

Aug-01-17  takchess: Boston really misses Ortiz without anyone stepping up to fill the void. Our sports radio is in a big brouhaha about David Price being a jerk to Dennis Eckersley (announcer ) on a flight. Of course a winning streak would fix that but it is viewed that Boston did poorly at the trading deadline.
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  WannaBe: CLE Jackson's catch and falling into the 'pen, the company that I work for logo all over the place. =))

Oh, yeah, I give the catch A++++++, too.

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  WannaBe: Checking the box score from last night's CLE/BOS game:


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  saffuna: Jackson catch, Vasquez homer, big deal...

What about Lester's homer?

Aug-02-17  takchess:
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  Penguincw: Speaking of that ARI-CHC game, CHC won 16-4, Montgomery with the save. He entered the game up 8-3, pitched 3 innings, that's a save.
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  WannaBe: Lookin' at the box score of OAK@SFG last night.

Lead off hitters that don't take (a lot of) pitches. Drives me nuts.

Raja Davis, 5AB 0H 0BB 1K. How many pitches he saw? 14, <14>!! That 1K is 3 pitches (at least), which mean his 4 other AB he saw a total of 11 pitches.

Denard Span, 4AB 1H 0BB 0K, 10 pitches. Ugh!

Oh, also, I just realized OAK have a pitcher named Dull. Hopefully it's never a Dull moment when he's on the mound.

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  WannaBe: DET@BAL top second, DET grounded into TP, Third to Second to First.

Nothing unusual, nothing to to see there, please disperse. Keep moving along, no run scored on the TP... =)

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  perfidious: <WannaBe....Again, 5 NL and 5 AL in both top 10 and bottom 10, but with DH, does not one think that AL would generate more runs?>

Overall the AL should, but the list points up one weak offensive team: White Sox play in a park which favours the hitter, yet do not score many runs.

No surprise at all to see all those West Coast teams in the bottom eight in runs scored: the western parks help pitchers, which makes Dodgers' numbers in RS an anomaly for them.

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  WannaBe: LAD@NYM all runs so far came via the long ball. 9 HRs so far... Souvenier ball night at Citi Field.
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  WannaBe: Game over. Official now. All runs came on homers

Seen a fair share of 1-0 games that was HR, but not a 7-4 game.

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  WannaBe: Don Baylor died. =(
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  WannaBe: I think mine would/should say "JINX"

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  WannaBe: Dollar store, everything must go. (Or player...)

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  Penguincw: On Saturday the Jays started Chris Rowley, a guy who once served in the military. He got the win.

This reminds me of Steve Delabar. Many years ago, he was a supply teacher, but the Jays got him, and turned him into a relief pitcher (even an All Star).

Ah, the Jays, taking guys with non-baseball jobs, and using them as baseball players.

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  Penguincw: Red Sox rally to beat the Yankees, 3-2 in 10 innings. Sunday night game, lasted 3:40 (not too bad).

I'm not the only one who noticed this, but Judge is really struggling since the All-Star break. I'm not too surprised however, as I've seen a lot of guys with good first halves, and then just fade away in the second half (Home Run Derby can be to blamed).

Though I don't think the fact that Judge has struck out in all 28 of his games since the ASG is very appealing...

I see the Yankees put their DH onto the field, but no pitcher had to bat.

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  saffuna: <I'm not the only one who noticed this, but Judge is really struggling since the All-Star break.>

Well, outfielders keep jumping over the fences and stealing his home runs.

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  WannaBe: I've seen 5 infielders before (many a-times when you try to get a force play with one of the OF playing infield to stop a ground ball...), but 4 outfielders?

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  WannaBe: This gotta be a first, ATL@COL bottom 8th, 0-0...

Somebody at ESPN please tell me when was the last time a game was scoreless in the 8th (top/bottom) in Colorado?!!? In Colorado, for crissake...

(Yes, I know that H. Nomo threw a no-no in Colorado...)

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  WannaBe: Here's more on that 4-men outfield:

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  WannaBe: Ya know, I've watched a lot of play-off hockey, and I mean <A LOT>. Whether it's first round, or the Stanley Cup Finals game 7, once a team is eliminated, the losing team will stay on the bench and then form line to shake hands with the winning team.

The worst, of course, have to be the Cup Final, winning team throws off their gloves, drops their stick, people on the bench are jumping onto the ice to mob each other, while the losing team just stares at the celebration.

Baseball is different...

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  WannaBe: BoSox turned 5-4-3 Triple Play tonight vs StL, no run scored, so nothing to see here... Run of the mill variety TP.

Everyone just carry on as you were. =))

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  WannaBe: White Sox have a relieve pitcher on the team, his namw?? Aaron Bummer. =)
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  saffuna: <The Dodgers hit that mark for the first time since September 1953 with a come-from-behind 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.>

Today's brain-twister: How many runs were the Dodgers losing by?

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