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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Nov-22-19
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 17790 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-21-19 Fine vs N Feldman, 1933 (replies)
Phony Benoni: There are a few questions about this game. I'm working from <American Chess Bulletin><, March 1933, p. 54 and <Lesson From My Games> by Reuben Fine, p. 30-35. First of all, our version of the score may be incorrect. After <42.Re2>: [DIAGRAM] Both Fine and ...
   Nov-20-19 S Takacs vs Noteboom, 1930
Phony Benoni: Doubling rooks on the file: generally a good idea. Doubling rooks on the rank: not a bad idea. Doubling rooks on the diagonal: not so hot. Case in point. If 42.Kxf3 Qe4+ and both White rooks drop off.
   Nov-18-19 R Willman vs Kupchik, 1933
Phony Benoni: Abraham Kupchik was a quiet man who lived a quiet life and played quiet chess. This is not the path to glory. The world rarely grants a person more notoriety than they demand. Instead, He was a grind-'em-down player with a flair for positional play. So it's a pleasure when he ...
   Nov-18-19 Tylor vs L Steiner, 1932 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Sargon> Thanks for letting me know.
   Nov-15-19 Gligoric vs Ulf Andersson, 1974 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The Gliogric, with eyes of flame...
   Nov-14-19 Denker vs D MacMurray, 1932
Phony Benoni: This game had been dated 1933, probably following the statement in <Chess Review> (February 1933, p. 15) that it was played in January, 1933. However, the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> reported the result of the game on November 17, 1932, stating it had been played "last ...
   Nov-14-19 Fine vs R Levenstein, 1932
Phony Benoni: By the way, Black's losing coming comes right after the rook trade <59...Rxe3+ 60.Kxe3>: [DIAGRAM] Now <61...Ke7!> draws. If White's king moves toward the pawn along the third rank, Black's king moves along the seventh. If the White king advances to the fourth rank,
   Nov-13-19 Alekhine vs F B Smith, 1932 (replies)
Phony Benoni: ACB states that Alekhine claimed a draw by triple repetition of position. <51.Qb4+> would indeed repeat a position that had occurred after White's 47th and 49th moves. Bowie-smith may not have been fully aware of the exact rule, since it was a repetition of position ...
   Nov-12-19 Alekhine vs El Paso CC, 1932
Phony Benoni: ACB (November 1932, p. 162) notes that the draw was agreed to at 3:35 AM.
   Nov-12-19 Alekhine vs S E Gale, 1932
Phony Benoni: It might be pointed out that at Black's 42nd move: [DIAGRAM] 42..Rxf4+ is not necessary; simply <42...Bxe3> is mate next move. But that is hardly practicable. No human being could resist the chance to sacrifice both rooks against Alekhine!
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Thanks. I've made the change; Will it need to be resubmitted?

Proofreading has become very frustrating. Is it any wonder I don't enjoy doing these any more?

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  Tabanus: <PB> I think it needs to be resubmitted with only ""Russian Championship" in the Event field. I can help you NAY it out. Plus proof-read a little after voted in.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus?> Cancelled, changed and resubmitted. I can't wait to find out what's wrong with it now.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Not much I think. I saw only "22A lexander Volzhin" at a quick glance. --> "22 Alexander Volzhin"

The are some missing dates, I don't know if they are available.

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  Tabanus: has no dates, 365chess neither. has these dates:

Rd 1 Oct 15
Rd 2 Oct 16
Rd 3 Oct 17
Rd 4 Oct 18

Rd 5 Oct 20
Rd 6 Oct 21
Rd 7 Oct 22
Rd 8 Oct 23

Rd 9 Oct 25
Rd 10 Oct 26
Rd 11 Oct 27

i. e. two rest days Oct 19 and 24.

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Two rest days would fit. Dates were October 15-27. thirteen days for an eleven-round tournament.

I'll add the dates to the individual games right now.

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  Tabanus: <PB> I made some minor changes to Russian Championship (1996). Just change back if you disagree.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> No complaints. Thanks.
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  Tabanus: <PB> You can also thank me by voting YES :)
Apr-20-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>
Do you have a copy of the American Chess Bulletin (vol.43) Jan. 1946?

If so, would it be possible for you - if you are amenable - to scan several pages, 65-67, for me?

If not, it's no problem.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> I do have a physical (not digital) copy of the American Chess Bulletin (vol. 43) 1946. Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner myself, but I may be able to work something out.

However, I would ask that you check your reference. Pages 65-67 are from the May / June issue (not January) and contain games from a Santasiere - Seidman match and a report on the match between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Having seen your recent article about Abraham Kupchik., I'm wondering if you are interested in the photos from Pittsburgh 1946 on p. 74-76 of the July / August issue. These include a group photo on p.74 with pictures of both Kupchik and his wife.

By the way, I want to thank you for the Kupchik article. He's always been a special interest of mine; and 250-300 of his games in the <CG> database are my submissions. At one point I had some extensive files on him, but lost everything in a computer crash and never felt like restoring it. So I'm glad you've done the work instead!

Apr-21-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

My rather nebulous source (Google Book/snippet view) revealed there is an article on the Women's Chess Club of NY (with a photo of the founders, including Eliza Foot and Harriet Worrall on those pages of "vols.43-46.". The snippet actually shows the pages are correct (I just assumed it was vol.3 and January due to the page numbers see: That article and the photo are what I am looking for.

Of course a photo of Kupchick and his wife from such a sharp publication as the ACB is like icing on the cake.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> It's from v.46, May / June 1949. I've contacted a friend who may be able to supply scans of those pages, as well as the photo from Pittsburgh 1946.

A word of warning. Instead of the original, we both have a photocopied reprint of ACB. The photographs in this reprint are of very poor quality, and you may not be able to use them,

Apr-22-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

Thank you so much. BTW, I've already cited you in the article-to-be since I used your digitized game scores from the ACB 1907 and 1908 saving me the work.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> that's very gratifying. I've reached the point where I'm no longer interested in writing or publishing, but am perfectly content to make the lives of those do a little bit easier.
Apr-22-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

One thing I've always liked about the chess community in general is the number of unselfish individuals willing to contribute in all different fashions, even with little specific appreciation, for the benefit of everyone.

Apr-24-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

Here's the result:

Thanks for your help!

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> Thanks for the link and the kind words.

One little corrections: the article was from the <May / June 1949> issue of ACB, not 1946. (That was volume 46 of ACB). My apologies if I misled you.

Apr-24-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

Thanks. I believe that was my original misconception and I was stuck in that paradigm.

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  mifralu: I Gudju vs Bogdanovsky, 1927 (kibitz #52)
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  Tabanus: Did PB end Andrea Peterson 's career?
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  Phony Benoni: I suspect it was about to end anyway. Puberty has robbed chess of more potential Masters than the Four Horseriders of the Apocalypse.
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  Phony Benoni: I'm moving into a retirement community, and may be out of touch for a few days.
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  mifralu: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1929

The 6th USSR Championship was held in Odessa from < October 2-20, 1929 >...

< September 2-20 >

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  Phony Benoni: <mifralu> Thanks. I probably took my information from De Felice (who gives October), but your source looks more authoritative.
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