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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jan-21-22
Greetings, O Seeker After Knowledge! You have arrived in Dearborn, 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 18499 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-21-22 Denker vs Pinkus, 1946
Phony Benoni: For those of you who keep track of such things (you know who you are), this game is not from the 1946 US Championship. Instead, it was played in the 1945/46 Manhattan CC Championship, round 16, February 17, 1946. It was publiished in the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", February 21, ...
   Jan-20-22 W Fairhurst vs O Bernstein, 1946 (replies)
Phony Benoni: "I'm not going to tell you again: Passed Pawns Must Be Pushed!"
   Jan-19-22 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: Thanks for keeping me in mind. Yes, in E Shrader vs G H Wolbrecht, 1910 it could be either 12.Qa4 or 12.Qh4, but the former certainly looks more natural than walking into a possible discovered attack. I think the Memphis Comercial Appeal is relatively new to The
   Jan-18-22 E Delmar vs F Roser, 1876 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Wonder how that rook got to b6? Black's llast move must have been ...Qd7-c8. Well, at any rate, 20. Qxc6 looks good. If 20...cxb6 the rook on b7 rules and 21.Qxd5+ leads to mate. If 20...Rf7 21.Qxd5, when the rook on b6 is still immune and things are getting ugly for Black very
   Jan-16-22 Capablanca vs J Grommer, 1913
Phony Benoni: The score as given here appears in "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", July 3, 1913, and "American Chess Bulletin", August 1913, p. 171. A J Gillam, in his tournament book, adds the moves <44...Qxf8 45.d7>, citing "Capablanca-Magazine" 1913, p. 112-113 and "New York Tribune", July 6,
   Jan-16-22 Paul Keres
Phony Benoni: <jfq> <keypusher> It's been nearly a decade since I worked seriously on Game Collection: Rice CC Summer Masters Tourn. (New York 1913) . I think most of the information is there, and it's just a little mater of cleaning the Augean Stables. My Herculean days are ...
   Jan-12-22 J Schulten vs Saint-Amant, 1842 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Brenin: Hope springs eternal in the human breast (Alexander Pope). > Hope springs a leak (John William Schulten)
   Jan-10-22 W Goldwater vs Santasiere, 1945
Phony Benoni: "Oh, Barry me not By the Lone Zugzwang..."
   Jan-10-22 Abel Perez vs J Araiza Munoz, 1945 (replies)
Phony Benoni: A note from Perez: <"Not wishing to keep Araiza from first place, for which I had lost hope, I offered him a draw, in the midst of of general amazement, which Araiza readily accepted. White wins easily in various ways, 30.Rxf6 being the quickest.">""> --Chess Review, ...
   Jan-10-22 E Yelton vs S Schiller, 1945 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <18...?> [DIAGRAM] onday, dont'cha think?
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  MissScarlett: Just for you: Browne vs Kavalek, 1971
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  Phony Benoni: Thanks. I have an additional 350-375 games from the tournament to submit, and don't ask me how many more from my other projects. I got out of the habit when we had that glut a few years ago, but now that things are flowing again I need to get back to work.
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  Stonehenge: I've uploaded a bunch of games 72nd US Open (1971).

Is Joseph F Callaway the same player as Joseph Callaway (Joseph E)?

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> There is a problem with this one.

<Joseph F Callaway, Illinois> appears in the tournament crosstable published in Chess Life & Review (November 1971, p. 615). Spence's tournament book contains a photocopy of this.

Howver, the Annual Rating List covering the 1971 US Open (CL&R, January 1972, p. 42) gives <Joseph E Callaway, IL>. Other contemporaneous rating lists agree with this. I have yet to find another instance of "Joseph F Callaway."

Joseph Callaway appears to have ben primarily a correspondence player. In CL$R postal reports and lists, his name is given as <J E Callaway> and his state is never mentioned.

USCF's Member Services Area (SA) is not very useful for players before 1992, but it does list <Joseph E Callaway> from Illinois.

All this seems to indicate that "Joseph F Callaway" is a typo in the crosstable, and that the player is <Joseph E Callaway>. Two players from the same state at the same time with virtually the same name would be very unusual.

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  Stonehenge: Thanks, I figured as much. I will merge the player files.
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  takchess: Hi Pb,
Nice to see you are still at it.
Please remind me where all the Puns are located Alphabetically .


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  takchess: Hi PB. i figured out my question as to the pun of the day listing. Game of the Day Pun Index (A - Boey) ,, Fun fact . I believe that Karass on the Patriots is related to Alex K . Mongo , a Nephew ?
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  takchess: Karras is a third-generation NFL player. His grandfather, Ted Karras, Sr., and great uncles, Lou Karras and Alex Karras, played in the NFL during the 1950s and 1960s, and his father Ted Karras, Jr. played during the 1987 season. Ted attended the same school, Saint Matthew Catholic School in Indianapolis IN, (K-8) as Nick Martin of the Houston Texans, Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys, and Cap Boso of the Chicago Bears[11] His grandfather, his father, and Karras himself have all won NFL championships, with the Bears, Redskins, and Patriots, respectively.[
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  Phony Benoni: <takhess> All my game, puzzle and pun collecitons are listed here:

Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections

If you lose this link, the easiest way to find it again is to go to any GOTD or POTD collection. They all contain links to the general list.

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  Penguincw: Hi <Phony Benoni>. Hope all is good for you in this world. Happy Holidays my friend!
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  MissScarlett: A couple of new Game Collection: US Open 1909, Excelsior = 10th Western Champ. games, courtesy of the <Buffalo Enquirer>:

G H Wolbrecht vs O Chajes, 1909

E F Schrader vs O Chajes, 1909

There's a third game (Blake - Barnhart) alongside the Schrader - Chajes game. but there must be something amiss with the score.

Is the <Enquirer> a relatively recent addition to It's chess column around this period looks quite informative - I already turned up a new - to me, at least - Capa game: Capablanca vs T C Koons, 1909

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Thank you. I've known about the <Buffalo enquirer> for some time, having downloaded a few columns in 2018 while woring on the Raubitschek brothers.

The fact is tat much of my work on the early WCA is old, and badly needs to be followed up. But I get distracted so easily...

I don't think the Blake - Barnhart game is too bad. Here's the score I'm going with:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.Nc3 exd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.Qxd4 Nf6 9.h3 Be7 10.Bg5 0-0 11.0-0 h6 12.Bh4 Nh7 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nd5 Qd7 15.Rad1 a6 16.Rfe1 Rfe8 17.f4 Rad8 18.Rd3 f5 19.Qc4 Qf7 20.e5 dxe5 21.fxe5 Rd7 22.e6 Rxe6 23.Rxe6 Qxe6 24.Nf6+ Source: Buffalo Enquirer, 1909.09.18, p. 9. 1-0

There's only a coupe of problems I can see. First, <10...Castles> and <11.Castles> are both ambiguous. However, since both sides soon play QR-Q, this precules queenside castling.s.

The big question comes at <B21>

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Noww the text clearly has <21...R-Q3>. This is not quite as bad as it looks, since the rook isn't haging. But now the ensuing combination starting <22.e6> fails because Black has an extra quard on e6. (In fact, 22...RxP would be ambiguous.)

So I'm assuming a typo, and that the move was actually <21...Rd7>. This is superficially attractive as it guards c7, but actually sets up the combination.

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  WannaBe: I only read the <National> Enquirer. OK, time for me to exit stage left and leave this forum to serious chess discussions.
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Just found the Blake - Barnhart game in <St. Louis Globe Democrat>, August 29, 1909, p. 4b. This has the move <22...R-Q2>. The score in other respects is identical (down to the ambiguous castlings), so I think we're good to go there

I have really got to spend some time clearing up these tournaments!

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  MissScarlett: C W Blake vs J W Barnhart, 1909 I see that the <Globe-Democrat> was the source for all four of the <Enquirer>'s games. My initial hope that the column might prove to be a small goldmine is fast fading. It has the score of games from the Johner - Rosenfeld match, but they all appear to have been copied, with notes, from the New York <Sun>.
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  MissScarlett: One more from the following week of the <Globe-Democrat>: E F Schrader vs C W Blake, 1909
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> The <Minneapolis Star> (from Augst 17-25, 1909) has daily reports and pairing lists covering rounds 1-12 (of 15). This includes all your recent finds:

G H Wolbrecht vs O Chajes, 1909 (Round 6, August 18)

E F Schrader vs O Chajes, 1909 (Round 1, August 16)

C W Blake vs J W Barnhart, 1909 (Round 2, August 16)

E F Schrader vs C W Blake, 1909 (Round 7, August 19)

I've updated the game pages for these and all the other games in the collection, with the exception of O Chajes vs W Widmeyer, 1909

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  MissScarlett: Uploaded three games from (Game Collection: American Chess Bulletin 1909), but just wanted to point out that <Game 204 / 1740 Voigt, Hermann G - Sharp, Sydney Thomas> involved Shipley, not Sharp. H Voigt vs W P Shipley, 1909
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  Phony Benoni: <Missscarlett> Thanks. Also found the games S Bampton vs W P Shipley, 1909 and S T Sharp vs W P Shipley, 1909, which may be the other two you mentioned.
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  MissScarlett: Also B M Neill vs H M Phillips, 1909 and W A Ruth vs N Whitaker, 1909
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  MissScarlett: Regarding Game Collection: US Open 1910, Chicago = 11th Western Champ., you have the game Wolbrecht beats Chajes with White (G H Wolbrecht vs O Chajes, 1910) but I think I have their Round 13 game, too, courtesy of the <Pittsburgh Gazette Times> (aka Piitsburgh Post Gazette) of September 11th 1910, Sect.V p.6 (p.38). It gives three games from the event, two of which you have - the other is <Wolbrecht 0-1 Chajes>, but as we know Wolbrecht beat Chajes twice, it must surely be <Chajes - Wolbrecht>. The alternative is that one of the players is wrongly given.

Here's the score - which is a bit tricky in places, most notably <20...Kt-R> which has to be <20...Kt-B>:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 Bxd2+ 8. Nbxd2 Nxe4 9. d5 Nxd2 10. Qxd2 Ne7 11. O-O O-O 12. Rae1 d6 13. Ng5 Ng6 14. f4 h6 15. Ne4 Bd7 16. Bb3 f5 17. Ng3 Rf7 18. Rf3 Qh4 19. Rc1 Rc8 20. Ne2 Nf8 21. Rh3 Qf6 22. Rhc3 Be8 23. Nd4 a6 24. Qf2 Re7 25. Nf3 Kh8 26. h3 Bf7 27. Qc2 Nd7 28. Kh2 Nc5 29. Rxc5 dxc5 30. Qxc5 Re2 31. Ne5 Rd8 32. Nxf7+ Qxf7 33. Qxc7 Qxc7 34. Rxc7 Rxb2 35. Rxb7 Rd2 36. Ra7 Rd6 37. h4 Rg6 38. Ra8+ Kh7 39. h5 Rgxg2+ 40. Kh3 Rh2+ 41. Kg3 Rxh5 42. Rxa6 Rdh2 0-1

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> If the players' names are correct, this must be Chajes - Wolbrecht. Wolbrecht lost only one game (Lee), but we only have two so far (the ther Wolbrecht game and Uedemann). om for one more loss.

There is the chance, of course, that' it's not a Wolbrecht game, but a Chajes win over someone else. But in looking tonight, I've found the game in:

Memphis Comercial Appeal, September 11, 1910, p. 33.

St. Louis Glob Democrat, September 11, 1911, p. p. 34.

Both have introductions mentioning wolbrecht and Chajes, both have Wolbrecht playing White and Black winning. The Glob Democrat even has a crosstable showing that Wolbrecht beat Chajes twice, despite "losing" this game.

At least there is some good news. Both have the correct 20...Nf8.

The game does not appear in the Chicago Tribune, so the three citiers must have gotten it from other source which gave the incorrect information.

Whatever might be the cause, I think you're right that this is Chajes - Wolbrecht fro round 13 It's possible I skipped over it, assuming it was the actual G H Wolbrecht vs O Chajes, 1910 game.

<MissScarlett> This is curious, I now see a prior publication of the game: <Memphis Commercial Appeal>, , September 4, 1910, Part 2, p. 9 [p. 34]. This also gives Wolbrecht as White, but at least gives the correct <22...Kt-B1>.

St. Louis Globe Democrat, August 28, 1910, p. 32 has the same.

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  MissScarlett: I'm a little confused here but the August 28th Globe-Democrat makes clear that this Giuoco Piano was Wolbrecht's second win over Chajes.

O Chajes vs G H Wolbrecht, 1910

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  MissScarlett: The following week's Globe-Democrat has another new game:

E Shrader vs G H Wolbrecht, 1910

Here, too, there's a problem: did Shrader play 12.Qa4 or h4? The subsequent play doesn't seem to resolve it. It's a mate in 5, not 6, starting with 18...Qf1+.

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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for keeping me in mind. Yes, in E Shrader vs G H Wolbrecht, 1910 it could be either 12.Qa4 or 12.Qh4, but the former certainly looks more natural than walking into a possible discovered attack.

I think the Memphis Comercial Appeal is relatively new to The weekly columy by Rosa B Jefferson may be useful.

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