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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jun-23-17
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 16881 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-21-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Fairy Promotion> Thanks. I don't mind having mistakes pointed out. For me, accuracy is more important than ego.
   Jun-19-17 A Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1909 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <FSR> I don't keep detailed records, so I'm not sure if I nominated it in 2011 or not. It appeared fairly late on my Pun Submission list, but it's possible I nominated it in 2011, deleted from the list, then nominated it A lot can happen in six years. But now I've had to ...
   Jun-16-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Phony Benoni: The following was recently posted in my forum, but I was unable to be of any help. The questions are not easily answerable. <Latviandevi>l: I am searching two games of our GM Arturo Pomar in US Open 1954, rounds 3 and 9, this one against Great Nicolas Rossolimo. Also ...
   Jun-12-17 Schlechter vs Swiderski, 1904 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Yes, ...Kg8 is the best move. It doesn't look like much, but when you study the position carefully it turns out White has to give up all sorts of material to stop mate. Really an extraordinary idea.
   Jun-12-17 Eingorn vs Kupreichik, 1987 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Glad to see this one make it. Nothing much seems to happen for the sixty move until an endgame study breaks out of nowhere. And kudos for Kupreichik's ingenious resistance after all he had suffered throughout the game.
   Jun-11-17 Von Bardeleben vs H Wolf, 1904
Phony Benoni: This may start out as an English, but it soon morphs into a very early example of the Modern Benoni. Not surprisingly, both players seem to be feeling their way
   Jun-07-17 Janowski vs Saemisch, 1925 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Be careful!
   Jun-06-17 Areshchenko vs A Rustemov, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The first thing that stands out is that Black's queen is protected on ly by the Rd8, and we have the familiar distracting idea of 28.Re8+. Black can play 28...Bxe8, but 29.Rxe8+ then repeats. Black doesn't have to play ...Rxd8, but 29...Kg7 30.Nf5+ wins the queen another way.
   Jun-05-17 R Hess vs E Sevillano, 2006 (replies)
Phony Benoni: One of those where you sacrifice the queen not to be spectacular, but because it's the quickest. White doesn't have to walk into mate after 35. .Rg2+, but 35...Qg2+ forces it.
   Jun-04-17 A C Chow vs E Karklins, 1979 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <FSR> This helps more than you might think. One of my subsidiary goals withte US Open project is to compile a list of players, so every bit of information from the years without crosstables helps. Since Kudring had White in round 5, he probably had White in round 1 ...
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Jun-16-17  Latviandevil: I am searching two games of our GM Arturo Pomar in US Open 1954, rounds 3 and 9, this one against Great Nicolas Rossolimo. Also Crosstable/games of North Central Open Ch. in Milwaukee 1955 (94 players). Pomar dis many simultaneous in 1952, 1954 and 1955 too; I have some information about but I will appreciatte more !. ANY HELP ?
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  Phony Benoni: <Latviandevil> I am sorry, but I cannot be of much help. I carefully checked the sources available to me for games from New Orleans 1954, and Pomar's round 3 and 9 games could not be found.

This is a tragedy (especially in the case of Pomar's important win over Rossolimo), but is also not unusual. Games in United States Swiss System tournaments are generally not well-documentd or even preserved, and we are probably lucky the record is as good as it is.

As for your other questions, I doubt I could find any more information than you have now. The US Open is the only area about which I have any special expertise at all.

Finding information about Milwaukee 1955 or Pomar's simultaneous exhibitions would require a lot of digging through local newspaper, or through regional chess publications if these could be found.

I have reposted your inquiry at Biographer Bistro (kibitz #16787) in the hopes that you can find a little bit of help there.

Best of fortune in your work.

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  Phony Benoni: Unfortunately, the introductory commercial is a bit screwed up. Stick around. The play is worth it.

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  Penguincw: This isn't the first time he's done it. Check out what he did in the 2013 ALCS, G5.

All 3 of the Tigers' outs that innings were on incredible plays. Iglesias also had a nice charging play where he flipped the ball into his hand and Upton robbed what might've been a homerun.

Jun-17-17  takchess: Based on your collection and commentary on the London System, I am going to give it a try. I am primarily a 1. e4 player. It seems to be played a lot by members of my local chess club. Cheers, Jim
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  Phony Benoni: <takchess> I believe you have made that comment about the London System in the wrong place. I have no such collection, nor do I recall ever commenting about the opening.
Jun-17-17  takchess: Thanks.You are correct. Although I confused you with White Shark, I did play like DIRP today. It seems in learning some new openings the London System and the Benko, I have forget the one I normally play the King Gambit. Cheers, Jim
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> I remembered another game from the 1979 U.S. Open. Ove Kroll had White against Jeremy Silman. The game followed Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 for at least five moves, but at some point soon thereafter Kroll (of course) deviated. The game ended in a short draw.
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  Phony Benoni: >FSR> Thanks. Don't yet have enough information on either player to determine the round, but every fragment helps.
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  WannaBe: Tim Kurkjian looks into the crystal ball:

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  saffuna: Concerning speed of play as Kurkjian addresses it, let's have some sort of limit on the number of pickoff throws. Say only two unsuccessful throws for each runner per batter. On the third unsuccessful throw the runner moves up a base.

No throwing the ball around the horn after an out? That takes about six seconds and is nice to look at.

The biggest problems are time betweeen innings (commerrcials) and pitching changes. How about only three warmup pitches for a pitcher coming in mid-inning.

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  Penguincw: < let's have some sort of limit on the number of pickoff throws. >

I like that idea. A little while ago, I think I had a radical idea that any pickoff throw, successful or not, counts as a <ball>. With 3 balls on the batter, I think a special rule could be made to adjust for that. This would encourage runners to take bigger leads, and possibly steal more bases, and more runs.

< No throwing the ball around the horn after an out? That takes about six seconds and is nice to look at. >

Agreed. It probably takes about 6 seconds for the batter to go to the on-deck circle to the batter's box anyhow.

< The biggest problems are time betweeen innings (commerrcials) and pitching changes. How about only three warmup pitches for a pitcher coming in mid-inning.>

I'm sure plenty of time can be saved with 1 less commercial/break. Pitching changes, I think it's like a basketball game, with all those fouls and timeouts near the end. It probably has to stay. It's part of the strategy of the game (but so was the intentional walk, but whatever). And warmup pitches, perhaps fewer is good, but I'm sure a lot of the time is the pitcher trying to get his footing properly on the mound.

Looking at elsewise in the article, I like the idea of a pitch clock. There's actually a never used rule in the book that says with no runners on, a pitcher has 12 seconds to throw the ball, otherwise a ball is called. Enforce that rule. Again, the rule can be adjusted for when runners are on.

Batters, do you really need to adjust your batting gloves after taking ball 1? Probably not. Limit the amount of times a batter is allowed to step in and out of the box.

Runners on base to start the 12th or 13th inning? I personally like the long marathons (maybe because I'm not playing). I don't like this idea, but it may be necessary.

Retractable roofs to prevent rain delays? Definitely yes, although this will be very expensive.

Shift needs to stay. It can be hard to enforce anyhow.

I'm sure those who are fans of baseball appreciate the game the way it is (minus some small changes). I'll like baseball 'til it feels more like MLB The Show than an actual game. I don't think these possible future rule changes would attract many fans (probably would lose more fans than gain, especially with the salary increase it mentions). Most of these changes are probably meant to benefit people who have shorter attention spans (in that case, choose a different sport) or anyone who is trying to maximize as much money as possible...

Ooh, a butterfly.

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  WannaBe: Re: Commercials, 2 breaks per inning (unless pitching change), minus one or two break (game's over after top or end of 9th).

One commercial would be on average, what? 20 seconds? So 40 seconds per one inning of play, multiply by 8.5 gets you 340 seconds.

On average there are about 7 pitching changes per game(?) that's another 140 seconds.

Total time saved: 480 seconds, or 8 minutes, approx. Ball-park figure, pun fully intended.

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  WannaBe: Re: Roof... I am fully supportive of this idea. Over the weekend (and today) very high temperature in the Bay area and inland, Sacramento was over 103.

(SFG's Triple-A club is located at Sacramento, and they had a Sunday afternoon game... Ugh!! That's just not right.)

NYY at OAK, box score said game time temperature was 90, I think it was higher on the field.

Roofs would be very nice, not only to your multi-million dollar investments, I mean players, but also for the fans. And those medical personnel treating heat-related fainting.

Further, it will also prevent BAL and WAS GMs whining at each other.

Jun-21-17  FairyPromotion: Mr Moody,

Counting on your understanding, I would point out to a mistake. In your GotD collection yesterday's GotD should be listed as <Thrill of the Hunt> instead of <Thrill of the Chase>.


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  Phony Benoni: <Fairy Promotion> Thanks. I don't mind having mistakes pointed out. For me, accuracy is more important than ego.
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  WannaBe: Sumthin' going on at Miami... This Max guy is dealin'!!
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  WannaBe: 98 pitches by Max after 7 full innings...
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  WannaBe: Never mind...
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  saffuna: And then, an error, a wild pitch, and a loss.
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  WannaBe: Baseball, what a cruel game. Max lost his no-no and then went on to lose the game 2-1, both runs <NOT EARNED>, OUCH!

As a consolation prize, he got a CG.

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  Penguincw: I've seen it many times before. A pitcher is carrying a no-hitter/perfect game late into the ballgame. As soon as the first baserunner reaches, or the first hit is given up, it quickly goes downhill. Of course, Scherzer only gave up 1 more hit after that, but still sucks.

Could be worse though. What happens if you <do> throw a no-hitter, 0 ER, and still lose (which has happended before, maybe not the "0 ER" part).

On a somewhat related note, how come HBP doesn't count as WHIP, but things like IBB do? I always wondered that...

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  WannaBe: Um... Seattle. That's all I will say.
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  WannaBe: Um... I didn't do it.
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  Penguincw: Hmm, Scherzer denied his 3rd no-hitter earlier, now Verlander gets denied his 3rd no-hitter.

And Arrieta is pitching on Thursday...

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