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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jun-04-20
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 17926 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-04-20 Morozevich vs H Hamdouchi, 2001 (replies)
Phony Benoni: a- and h-pawns are notoriously difficult for knights to stop, but they can cause problems for other pieces as well because there are fewer angles from which they can be attacked or defended against. .Here, after <31 Qxc8+ Nxc8 32.Rxc8+ Bf8 33.a6> White can just sit back ...
   Jun-02-20 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: A chess player needs a good mental coin. At some point during the game, there will come a situation when, no matter how hard you analyze or agonize, you just can't make up your mind between two moves. At that point, you need to get out your mental coin, assign the choices to ...
   Jun-01-20 F Roski vs K J Schulz, 1996 (replies)
Phony Benoni: No matter what Black's identity may have been, It was White who saw nothing. There is a misconception that, since openings like the King's Gambit are played by Fearless Swashbucklers, simply using the opening will make you into one. The sad truth is that if you don't have the ...
   Jun-01-20 M Mrva vs Movsesian, 1997 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Active Pieces Drop In: <32. ..Rxf1+ 33.Kxg1 Bd3+ 34.Kg1 Qe1+ 35.Rf1 Qxf1#>, Or, of course, 34.Re2 Qxe2+ 35.Kg1 Qf1#, but I don't have to tell you that, do I?
   May-31-20 Duras vs Yates, 1910
Phony Benoni: "They" tell us a lot of stuff "Keep you options open." "Guard against indecision." "Castle early and often." Oldrich Duras was a strong enough player to tell Them what to do. Here, after <42...Qa8> [DIAGRAM] He still has the option of castling on either side! So what ...
   May-29-20 Fischer vs T Ellison, 1964
Phony Benoni: Black seemed pretty confident for a while. I wonder when the light bulb came on.
   May-27-20 T Gelashvili vs M Mchedlishvili, 2002 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Loose Pieces Drop Off. Pinned Pieces Drop Where They Stand.
   May-25-20 Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935
Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Thank you. It is always gratifying when kibitzers care enough about your posts to read them carefully.
   May-25-20 E Sedina vs J Majdan-Gajewska, 2006 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I suppose the pun is a reference to <Knights of Sidonia> described by Wiipedia ( ) in terms far beyond a person who grew up in an era when the Heights of Technological Entertainment were ViewMaster and the 16 rpm record. But that's ...
   May-25-20 A Chibukhchian vs Z Izoria, 2001 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Rather surprising there's not a mate in there some, and we have to settle for the exchange with 32...Qxg1+ 33.Kxg1 Ne2+, trusting the rooks will clean up afterward.
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> You have given me -- and everyone around here -- many gifts. Thank you again.
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  takchess: Just completed POTD by Opening 2004- to Present day. Seemed like something that needed to be done. Cheers,
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  MissScarlett: Ahhh, ain't you sweet! I only recently discovered the Clipper archive online - no doubt you're aware of it - so I'm sure there's quite a few nuggets waiting to be discovered. In this case, Hazeltine was sent the game by George B Spencer, who played in the event. Maybe you've checked it already.
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  Phony Benoni: I found the column through Fulton affter seeing your source on the game. Glad you deciphered it. . I had checked the Clipper, but never thought to look that long after the tournament. Live and learn.
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  MissScarlett: I never use Fulton anymore. This is the archive I mean:
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  Phony Benoni: Hmm. I did have a link to that archive, but it was no longer working. Changed that in a hurry. And, just goofing off a little, found another Rudolf Raubitschek game.
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  jnpope: Hey <Phony>, can you do a citation check for me? I have a photocopied page of a game annotated by Pillsbury from, what I believe is, the American Chess Bulletin, 1905, p165 (Richardson v. Johnston). I suspect this is from the March issue... can you confirm the source and date of publication? Thanks. (the Google books version appear to be missing a large chunk of 1905)
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  Phony Benoni: <jnpope> The citation is correct: March 1905, p. 165. If you have a copy of the entire page, at the bottom is a drawing captioned "A character study -- two habitués of the Cosmopolitan Chess Club..

This appears on the page after Shipley's rebuttal to the accounts of Pillsbury's attempted suicide (March 1905, p. 164).

Byt the way, I have collected the bare scores of games from ACB ACB in Game Collection: American Chess Bulletin 1905 (January-June). However, this does not include notes or annotator's name, so it is probably of limited use to you.

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  jnpope: Excellent. Thank you. I just needed to confirm the citation. I made a photocopy of pages 164 and 165 back in the 90s on a trip to Cleveland but I didn't write down the month of the issue at the time but it "felt" like it should have been the March issue based on the size of the early ACB issues.

I didn't realize you had a collections page (with full source citations!). I read that you had entered all the games from the ACB, but I figured they were just uploaded to the database and are pending inclusion (as I didn't find the Richardson-Johnston game in the live data). Impressive work.

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  Phony Benoni: I started the project in the Dark Days when it seemed to take months for games to get added, and didn't feel like taking the time. Now, with things running more smoothly, I suppose I should get rid of some of the backlog. At the moment, it would be about 1900 additions (through 1935).
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  jnpope: I submitted this little gem today: R Raubitschek vs R Raubitschek, 1895

It kind of/sort of looks Benoni-ish to me. I thought you might enjoy it. Thanks again for the cite check.

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  Phony Benoni: Thanks, indeed. More updates for th Raubitshek collection!
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  Tabanus: Gift for PB and Miss S: S F Shenstone.
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  mifralu: S Landau vs Euwe, 1939 (kibitz #2)
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  Phony Benoni: The bad news is that, no matter how good you think you are at chess, there is always somebody who can beat you.

The good news is that, no matter how bad you think you are at chess, there is always somebody you can beat.

What's weird is that it's usually the same person.

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  Phony Benoni: When things look bad, allow your opponent to establish a knight on K6.Everyone says they can then go to sleep because their game will play itself,, and you might be able to pull off a sucker punch as they snooze.
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  Phony Benoni: I can hardly wait for computers to solve chess. They will no doubt get bored with such a simple game and move on, leaving us with re-established illusions of mastery.
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  Phony Benoni: The Perfect Game of chess may have been played already. We just don't know which one it is.

Someday, an engine will figure it all out down to the last quintillionth of a pawn, and publish the score of the ultimate masterpiece of chess strategy and tactics.

And this is why I love chess history. For, if we keep digging hard enough, we will be able to greet this announcement with a superior smile and point out that this impossibly brilliant game was played by two obscure guys from Dry Gulch, playing a casual game on a park bench while enjoying a cold beer under a blazing sun.

And if we've done our homework thoroughly enough, we'll even be able to answer the question which will immediately spring to the lips of any True Chess Player: <"Which beer?">.

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  Phony Benoni: So, how will chess change when The Perfect Game is finally identified?

Well, for centuries grandmasters have been telling us how to play Perfect Chess. But no matter how well we memorizd their analysis, the moment has always come when our memories conk out we're on our own. Usually around move 2..

.So I doubt the game will change much for most of us Normal Players. Chess will continue to be too deep and wide for us to comprehend all its complexities.

IIt's no use knowing The Perfect Game if your opponent doesn't.

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  Phony Benoni: Given the opportunity, players invariably capture en passant. Everybody loves to show off their knowledge of the rules.
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  technical draw: <Given the opportunity, players invariably capture en passant. Everybody loves to show off their knowledge of the rules.>

Good observation, <Phony>. And I think you're right.

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  Annie K.: <Phony> Good one! :)

I don't always capture en passant, but when I do... I occasionally get accused of cheating - because my opponent doesn't know how it works. ;s

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  Phony Benoni: Of course you can win a game of chess by resigning. It may not be the one you're playing at the moment -- but, hey, there's always another game.

Losing is a traumatic experience which it takes a little time to recover from. Especially in weekend Swisses (if these still exist) the rounds come fast and furious. Dragging a game out beyond the bitter end can deny you a chance to refresh yourself and reset your mind, reducing your chances to win the next game.

I was always happy to see my opponent rushing toward our table with a sloppy burger and a bag of greasy French fries. This meant they were still irritated by the previous game as well as hungry -- not a good combination for concentrating on a new task.

By the way, in such a situation it is wise to insist on using the opponent's equipment. You don't want all that glop and gunk on your set and pieces.

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  Phony Benoni: To be fair, I must acknowledge that the Never Resign School has one very powerful argument. This is attributed to the multi-time State Champion team of Kearsley High School in Flint, Michigan.

Assume your position is such that your chess judgment tells you to resign. However, clearly your chess judgement must be faulty to have gotten you into this mess, so why trust it now by resigning?

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  Phony Benoni: A chess player needs a good mental coin.

At some point during the game, there will come a situation when, no matter how hard you analyze or agonize, you just can't make up your mind between two moves. At that point, you need to get out your mental coin, assign the choices to "heads" or "talils", and flip the coin.

Then whichever choice comes up, do the opposite. No flipping coin knows more about chess than you do.

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