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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Nov-22-17
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 17065 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-19-17 J Mihajlovic vs Suttles, 1973
 
Phony Benoni: It's the score. In the tournament bulletin (Round 7, p. 36), after <38.Rxh4>: [DIAGRAM] Black played not 38..,Rxh4 (which allows 39.Bxg3, winning for White), but <38...Bxxh4> and Black has too many threats for White to deal with. Correction slip submitted.
 
   Nov-19-17 W Martz vs E Winslow, 1973
 
Phony Benoni: There is a score problem here. After <33.Nd5>: [DIAGRAM] The tournament bulletin gives <33...Qd6> instead of 33...Qd7 as we have here. This certainly looks right on the next move, when after 33...Qd7 34.Qf4 e5 35.Qxf6+ would be immediately crushing. The reason for ...
 
   Nov-18-17 Phony Benoni chessforum
 
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-14-17 L Schandorff vs T Willemze, 2016 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Got a fork on e7 if the bishop deserts his post, and 27.Rxb6 takes advantage.
 
   Nov-12-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: OK, here's something. "Minneapolis Star Tribune", August 14. "<CHESSS GAME SCHEDULE HAS BEEN CHANGED> "The chess games of the tournament can no longer be played in the order originally scheduled, as it has been found necessary to adjust them to th eunique engagements or ...
 
   Nov-12-17 J Manetta vs Suttles, 1973
 
Phony Benoni: In the final position, the tournament bulletin simply says "Black wins". Which he should of course, but that implies there were additional moves that were not made available. Time control was at move 50, so time pressure may have played a part.
 
   Nov-11-17 A Chandra vs W So, 2016 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Amazing how a bishop can make all the difference by just sitting there.
 
   Nov-06-17 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <CG> Indeed. Many thanks for the quick response.
 
   Nov-04-17 Robert E Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1961 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <38.?> [DIAGRAM] This game was played in round 5 of the US Championship. Byrne had started with four draws,, putting him 1 points behind Evens who had started with three wins and was already coasting. However, Bynre outplayed Evans all the way to reach thos crushing ...
 
   Oct-31-17 Tan Zhongyi vs Huang Qian, 2016 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Trick and treat: 31.Qg8+ Kxg8 32.Rg6+ Kh8 33.Rg8#.
 
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Oct-21-17  Yorkshire Fog: <PB> Was there no Game of the Day on 3rd May 2016? I ask because there is no entry for that date in your game collection Game of the Day 2016.
Oct-21-17
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  Phony Benoni: <Yorkshire Fog> That was P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005. I don't know how it happened, but it's int he collection now.

Thanks for alerting me.

Oct-21-17
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  technical draw: Yankees, dem bums!
Oct-22-17  Yorkshire Fog: <Phony Benoni> OK thanks. Always good to have a complete catalogue.
Oct-23-17
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  Phony Benoni: Silly question:

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.

So, if a kicked ball hits the goalpost, shouldn't it be considered a good kick regardless of where the ball winds up?

Oct-23-17
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  WannaBe: Definition of a good kick, is the ball must go in between the posts...

I am certain you already know this. =))

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.

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