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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jul-27-21
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 18357 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-25-21 L Hazai vs S Osmanbegovic, 1994 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Despite the result, the puzzle appears to be set correctly. Black needs a Sunday-caliber defense to survice.
   Jul-24-21 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <floryncd1970> Even though I haven't worked on the Lone Pine tournaments for fifteen years, I'm always glad to have a chance to correct or update my work. So if you can send me any missing Gheorghhiu games from the tournament, I'll make sure they get added.
   Jul-21-21 L Gonzalez vs G H Perrine, 1943
Phony Benoni: Well, thanks. I was going to wait a bit before sending in a correction, but this should be fine.
   Jul-20-21 Tartakower vs P S Abell, 1943
Phony Benoni: <Chess Review>, December 1943, p. 378: <'If this game isn 'on the level', Miss Abell could hold her own in any master tournament."> This game sees a good effort on Black's part, but is it really "too good to be true"? Simul givers are known to pull their punches on ...
   Jul-18-21 Petrov vs R Grau, 1939
Phony Benoni: <Breniin> If anything, the "pun" is a variation on the company name "T-Mobile". I used it to describe the White queen's activity (as opposed to Black's queen), so it's more of a game description than a traditional pun. But the game was good, even if the pun wasn't.
   Jul-16-21 NN vs C F Wright, 1943
Phony Benoni: The game appears as <F. F. M. vs. C F Wright> in <Chess Review>, October 1943, p. 317. It appeared in the "Reader's Games" section, so this was probably an original publication. "C F Wright" played in Chess Review correspondence tournaments, so the game was probably
   Jul-16-21 Karpov vs Timman, 1988 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Somebody else tell them. I give up.
   Jul-15-21 George Nute vs H Daly, 1964
Phony Benoni: George Nute, then of Masachusettts, was active in 1964, and his name appears in the rating supplement which covered the US Open. Sending in a correction. Thans!
   Jul-14-21 V Makogonov vs Boleslavsky, 1943
Phony Benoni: Makogonov!
   Jul-14-21 A Otten vs J Rauch, 1943
Phony Benoni: When both sides have a pair of bishops, you wouldn't expect either to dominate. But that's what happens here. Black's bishops ride all ofver the countryside, while WHite's remain cloistered. Of course, it helps to have an extra rook or so inplay, and an exposed king to shoot ...
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  floryncd1970: A complex matter:
Is there anywhere in the US a person or a library or a similar institution that has the tournament bulletins (or scoresheets) of New York opens from '80s? Maybe the USCF is preserving those games!? Tons of games seem lost (including Gheorghiu's), which is a pity!
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  Phony Benoni: <floryncd1970>: Alas, they are likely lost forever.

Such large Open tournaments were run by local organizers, not the USCF. They had no particular reason to preserve the scoresheets except as a verification of the result of a game. Once all the results were in, the scoresheets would be considered disposable.

While there are some large private databases, there is generally no systematic effort to collect these games or any central repository.

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  floryncd1970: Thanks!

At least, after this I realize my efforts are to no avail! In this way, my time shall not be wasted to unreachable goals!

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  floryncd1970: Hello again!

In my "portfolio" I have got a game Gheorghiu-Williamson, played at US open Chicago, 1979, round 2. The problem is I do not know the forename. Maybe he is this person:

"Kenneth S. Williamson, 81 a resident of the Hampton Cove community died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Williamson was born February 7, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed playing chess and was a 3 time State Chess Champion in Alabama, he was also a huge Alabama Fan and statistician for the Huntsville Republican Club." (from an obituary found on the internet).

I know you are very interested in US opens, so I hope this helps you - and in the same time you could help me. Also, let me know if you want the game itself.

Regards, Florin

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  Phony Benoni: <florcyncd1970> Yes, I'm always interested in any US Open game, especially one from a grandmaster! But in this case, I can't find any sure indication of his opponent's name.

Lacking a crosstable for the event, one possible clue is to estimate the rating of the opponent, then look as contemporary USCF rating supplements to see if there is a match.

We don't have Williamson's rating. However, in the second round at Chicago, players like Bisguier, Alburt and Biyiasas all had opponents rated around 1830. Since Gheorghiu's rating was close to that of the other grandmaters, we can speculate that his opponent was also rated in the mid 1800s.

In the 1977 Annual Rating List, Lawrence Williamson was rated 1830, which would put him in range of being Gheorghiu's opponent..

However, in the annual rating list published in January 1980 (which should have covered all events payed in 1979), Lawrence Williamson does not appear at all. He also does not appear in the 1980 list (published in January 1981). Thus, it appears he was inactive during 1979-1980, and thus did not play at Chicago.

There are three other players names Williamson who ratings would make them candidates for Gheorghiu's opponents:

Danny Williamson, Arkansas
Greg S. Williamson, Missouri
James Williamson, South Dakota

Of these, I think Greg might be the best possibility, since he lived closest to Chicago. But I have no assurance of this.

Sorry I can't be more definite. Without proper historical records, finding even the simples information is largely guesswork.

May-31-21  login:


I am with PB on this one and would pick 'Greg'

who was also causing havock within the SPBCC (Springfield Park Board Chess Club) during the 1980s

A possible contact via FB could shine some first hand light on the player's identity in question.


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  Phony Benoni: <login> <floryncd1970> Unfortunately, no first hand contact with Greg Wiliamson is possible, since he died in 1998. Note that the second link refers to an event from that year, "In Memoriam of Greg Williamson". I have also found an obituary.

But it probably does not matter, since I'm found a more convincing piece of evidence.

I have two games from the 1980 US Open (Atlanta) played by <D Williamson>, who would evidently be <Danny Williamson> from Arkansas. These include a draw with Bisguier in round 2.

So what we have is two "Williamsons" from consecutive years of the US Open, with about the same rating. From my experience in woring with the US Open, I would regard it as strong evidence that they are the same person, and that Gheoghiiu's opponent was <Danny Williamson>.

But I do have to emphasize that this is an educated guess, not proof.

May-31-21  login:

My bad (english), of course you are right PB.

Tried to say that this club despite the pandemics is active/open again (several notes for otb activities given at the bottom of their homepage) and thus one of the senior staff should be available and could remember that 'highly decorated' master. Still a slim chance indeed - but that is what we like working with the most.

Well, have to head out now but will follow whatever you two unveil in this story. Looks really promising so far!

Greetings from us here over the Atlantic

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  floryncd1970: My whole gratitude to forum colleagues!
I will put that forename as "Danny" in my personal database!

It is both strange and "harmful" that, in these modern times, there is no full cross table of each and every US open! Also hampering for a chess historian is the lack of innumerable scores from these events. For the sake of an ideal completeness, here it is the "famous" game:

[Event "US open Chicago"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1979.07.30"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gheorghiu, Florin"]
[Black "Williamson"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A21"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "1979.07.29"]
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 f5 3. d4 exd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qe3+ Be7 6. Nd5 Nh6 7. Qc3 Ng4 8. Qxg7 Bf6 9. Nxf6+ Qxf6 10. Qxf6 Nxf6 11. Nf3 b6 12. b3 Bb7 13. Bb2 O-O 14. Nd4 Nxd4 15. Bxd4 c5 16. Bxf6 Rxf6 17. O-O-O Rd8 18. e3 Kf8 19. f3 Re6 20. Bd3 Rxe3 21. Bxf5 Re2 22. Rd2 Rxd2 23. Kxd2 d5 24. Bxh7 dxc4+ 25. Kc3 cxb3 26. axb3 Re8 27. Bd3 Re5 28. Ra1 a5 29. Ra4 Re1 30. Rh4 Bc6 31. Rh6 Bd7 32. Rxb6 Rg1 33. Rg6 a4 34. bxa4 Bxa4 35. h4 Rc1+ 36. Kd2 Rd1+ 37. Ke2 Rc1 38. Rg4 Bb3 39. Kd2 Rd1+ 40. Kc3 Be6 41. Rg5 c4 42. Bc2 Rh1 43. h5 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <login> Oh, I see what you meant now! I should never do anything requiring thought before noon. (And your command of English is certainly moe than adequate!)

But the Club's only contact is through their page on Facebook, which I no longer use because of security concerns. May have to thin of something else. (I have tried such contacts in the past, and they have never been fruitful. But there's always a first time!)

A little more information about Danny Williamson. During 1979-1980, he is often mentioned in Chess Life as a tournament organizer and state official. Such people are often selected by the individual states to serve as Delegates to the USCF Annual Meetings -- which are held at the US Open. Danny Williamson was definitely a Delegate in 1980, and due to his prominence at the time it would seem very likely he served in 1979 as well.

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  Tabanus: Arkansas Democrat, 26 July 1979:

<The Hot Springs hotel was the site of the 1979 Arkansas Open Chess Tournament, and according to tournament director Danny Williamson of Little Rock, them men had come from a six-state area to try to improve their United States Chess Federation player ratings. ..

ACA president Williamson has found himself excluded from the action, much to his dismay. "I direct the tournament because no-one else will do it .. I'm rated an expert .. but I end up directing every time".>

At least he was able and willing to play :) Good candidate I think.

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  Tabanus: Danny Jay Williamson, b. 10 July 1955. He lives now in Hot Springs just west of Little Rock, Arkansas.
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  fredthebear: Jun-09-21
Phony Benoni: <fredthebear> Could you pop over to my foru for a quick question? Thanks.

Sorry PB, I am just now reading your request. You probably forgot the question by now.

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  Phony Benoni: <Fredthebear> Thanks for responding. The question has been resolved, and wasn't that important in any event. I just didn't want to make a big deal out of it.
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  OhioChessFan: Today's GotD links to your 2018 collection, not 2021.
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  Phony Benoni: <OCF> It's been on the GOTD 2021 list all along:

Game Collection: Game of the Day 2021

It must have something to do with the general list of collecitons on a Game Page not being complete when it gets beyond a certain length. Right now (for me, at least) the 2021 entry is showing on the general list, but not the 2018:

Korchnoi vs Najdorf, 1971

There used to be some sort of note to this effect on the general list, but I don't see it now.

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  floryncd1970: Hello, Phony Benoni,

After a quite laborious search, I identified the game Gheorghiu - Bouzoukis from US open, Atlanta, 1980, played in round 7.

Tell me, please if you want it (I prefer to use an e-mail address, so if possible, let me know it) !

Best wishes,


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  perfidious: <PB>, I am quite sure your attribution of Gary Nute in Game Collection: US Open 1964, Boston is incorrect; Gary was aged six at the time.

There was a player called George Nute who was active in the 1970s and 1980s; I suspect he is your man.

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> I once played Gary Nute, and no doubt made the association when seeing the name "G Nute". (Actually, it was remarkable that I remembered. the human brain tends to blot out such unpleasant experiences.)

George Nute is mentioned in several 1964 rating supplements, including the one that covered the US Open, so you are surely correct.


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  perfidious: <PB>, Gary and I met a number of times at the board; he was a difficult opponent for me, though we were both masters; believe I only booked one win against four losses in ten meetings.

Never even met George away from the board, but recall seeing him now and again in tournament play, into at least the first part of the eighties.

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  floryncd1970: I sent the Bouzoukis stuff!!!


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  Phony Benoni: <Florin> Got it. Thanks.
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  floryncd1970: I know the Lone Pine series is not your "favorite meal", but I kindly ask you: In 1974 the LP tournament benefits from your collection. Gheorghiu only appears in 4 games. Could you improve this number (one important game, not yet discovered is Benko-Gheorghiu)?
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  Phony Benoni: <floryncd1970> Even though I haven't worked on the Lone Pine tournaments for fifteen years, I'm always glad to have a chance to correct or update my work. So if you can send me any missing Gheorghhiu games from the tournament, I'll make sure they get added.
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  floryncd1970: Alas, the point is I have no other games than the 4 already listed! I hoped you could discover new library or net sources for this Lone Pine.

It is one (the other is LP 1973) which does not have a tournament book, from the whole series of 11! Or maybe other members could help with the games?!

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