Phony Benoni: This game was critical for the future development of my chess style. You see, I all but stopped studying chess afterward.
This was not due to overconfidence. We didn't know back then that Ben Finegold would become a grandmaster, though having a 1995 rating at age 12 was certainly promising. In fact, this was my third straight win over Ben. And the last. This other recently submitted game shows you what gruesome doings have generally gone on since.
B Finegold vs D Moody, 1983
What actually happened is that this game helped cap off my best Michigan Open ever, scoring 5/7 and finishing in the top ten. At the time <Michigan Chess> always had a nice story about the tournament, so I was looking forward to seeing my name in lights.
In the next issue, the only mention of the state championship was a crosstable and a list of prize winners. Apparently no one bothered to write a report. I decided this was not going to happen again, even if I had to write the report myself.
Around then I was appointed Games Editor of the magazine, and began the usual solicitations for games (being averse to using my own). None came, so I started asking tournament organizers for the carbon copy of scoresheets that players handed in after the game. Soon I was writing extensive games columns, and since I had the information it was natural to do tournament reports as well.
I finally managed to work out my anger about 20 years later, quitting in 2000.
Naturally, with all that journalistic work, I had no time to actually study chess. Also, postal chess had to go. I had been a junkie carrying up to 100 games at a time, but quit more or less cold turkey.
What's that--you want to know something about the game? Well, like I said, I've pretty much retired from the Annotation Rat Race. It seems like White went a bit too hypermodern and Black found his cheapos. <29...Qf7> is not a bad move.