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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Oct-25-21
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 18427 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-23-21 J Friedman vs Gulko, 1993 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Having gone through over 9000 of those 7000 submissions in the Pun Voting Booth, I've probably given the lowest grade (1) to at least 90% of the puns. Granted, my standards are probably too strict . I will often mark down an acceptable pun because it has no relation to the ...
   Oct-21-21 Korchnoi vs L Guldin, 1955
Phony Benoni: <OCF> Don't know if I would agree with that one. Seems to me both sides fought bravely. "Mustered Forces" would be yellow.
   Oct-20-21 Lokvenc vs Keres, 1943 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The knights must have been vaccinated. They remain immune from capture throughout The mate after 36.Kxf3 would be a definite Double-Taker.
   Oct-19-21 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <floryncd1970> The tournament bulletin definitely has Gheorghiu as White, Fedorowicz as Black. This can be checked bylooking at their colors for the previous three rounds: Gheorghiu: Round 9: Black Round 10: White Round 11 Black Round 12 would normally be White ...
   Oct-18-21 O Privorotsky vs A Bukhover, 1960 (replies)
Phony Benoni: < Dionysius1> <goodevans:> I was struck by the unusual sight of the victorious king marching to the eighth rank in a middle aam position. Perhaps this is only a superficial resemblance, but it's still not something that happens every day.
   Oct-17-21 Keres vs A Sakovski, 1936 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Apparently "Sahovski" is the Slovenian word for "chess", but I don't see what that has to do with anything. Maybe this is just one of those days to be thankful for the game.
   Oct-16-21 Blackburne vs Lush, 1885 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Stipulated that this is a joke rather than a pun. Once, while Blackburne was giving a simul, his opponent ordered a glass of whiskey and set it down at the edge of the board. When Blackburne reached the board he grabbed the glass, drained it, made his move and went on. Later, ...
   Oct-14-21 Suetin vs T Oim, 1972 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I've played enough Marshalls to know this is a typical example of the opening. The players start off with 17 moves played as quickly as they can write them down. Then they start thinking, and the game turns into a sort of Kriegspiel where neither side seems to understand -- or ...
   Oct-13-21 J J Rousseau vs D Hume, 1765 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The triumph of natural play over materialsm.
   Oct-09-21 Herbert Avram
Phony Benoni: <did you ever met her personally?> Nah. I'm a shy kind of guy, not given to schmoozing with celebrities at either chess tournaments or library conventions. Nor did I ever hear of her taking an interest in chess.
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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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  Phony Benoni: Football can be cruel at times, but there is one bright spot. Once you lose a game like this, it'll never happen to you again.

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  saffuna: Before looking: Tom Dempsey?

When the ball hit the crossbar, the Detroit fans started cheering initially.

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  Phony Benoni: Dempsey's 63-yarder smashed the previous record, which was only 56 yards. I can still remember yelling at the TV: "Look out for the fake! It has to be a fake!"
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  saffuna: <A couple nights later Alex Karras, the Lions’ star defensive lineman and four years “Mongo” in the movie “Blazing Saddles,” was on The Tonight Show. Johnny Carson asked him why the Lions didn’t appear to rush the kick very hard. Replied Karras, “We were too busy laughing at the very idea of a 63-yard field goal.”>

Karras also said, "I broke through, I was laughing, and then there was this sound, this sound like has never been heard on a football field..."

I'm surprised the record has only increased by three yards in fifty years. I think Dempsey's kick was like Beamon's jump, a huge leap forward (seven yards) that takes time to catch up to.

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  Phony Benoni: Just looked it up. After the Dempsey game, the Lions won 5 of their last 6 gaes to make the play-offs as a the wild card. (ony one in those days).

They weren't that bad a team. Beat the Packers 40-0 at Lambeau.

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  MissScarlett: Any idea who this <Mahan> might be? Mahan vs J Whitehead, 1976
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  Stonehenge: can be consulted for Californian chess history. has a Linda Mahan of Santa Monica.

In 1956 we have a Leonard Mahan:

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  MissScarlett: Maybe <L Mahan> would suffice.
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  Stonehenge: I didn't have much luck with Chess Life either. has a huge list of players. The only Mahan from CA is Linda.

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  Phony Benoni: The USCF Yerbook 1978, p. 35, has a partial crosstable from the 1976 American Open. Jay Whitehead's first round opponent was <Linda Mahan>.

Sorry, but I don't know how to do a link. If you have the thumb drive from USCF with copies of <Chess Review> and <Chess Life>, the 1978 Yearbook is at the end of the 1977 volume of <Chess Life & Review>. (In those days, yearbooks for a particular year were published at the end of the previous calendar year. At least they had them!)

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  Stonehenge: Thanks: Linda Mahan
Oct-06-21  HartmannGBamberg: Hello, Phony Benoni,

in your US-open 1976, Fairfax collection, you wrote about 300 additional available games. Could you please send them to me.
Thanks in advance.

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  Phony Benoni: <HartmannGBamberg> I'm going to ask for a little time on this.

I transcribed most of these games from the daily bulletin, which often did not include full player names. For instance, Pal Benko's first round opponent is given simply as "Cohen".

I am hesitant to send out these games without fuller information, since it will be very difficult to update them later.

Fortunately, I have just found a partial crosstable fron the event, which should help in answering most of the questions. It will take some time, but now that I have a specific request I'm willing to drop my other projects for a bit and work on this.

If you will leave your e-mail address in a message here, I'll send you a PGN file when I'm finished. I will delete the message so your e-mail does not display on the site permanently.

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  floryncd1970: Hello!

I would like to clarify one point.
In Atlanta collection, the last round game is given as Gheorghiu-Fedorowicz, which means Gheorghiu had white and "Fed" black. Could you tell me precisely which is the source of such identification of colors?! Or maybe even you have this game!?

Thanks, Florin

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  Phony Benoni: <floryncd1970> The tournament bulletin definitely has Gheorghiu as White, Fedorowicz as Black.

This can be checked bylooking at their colors for the previous three rounds:

Round 9: Black
Round 10: White
Round 11 Black
Round 12 would normally be White

Round 9: White
Round 10: Black
Round 11: White
Round 12 would normally be Black

I thought I had sent you all the games of Gheorghiu I had from Atlanta 1980 (11 out of 12). Just in case, I'm sending you a PGN file with them.

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  Teyss: Hi PB, Just wanted to react to your post yesterday, figured your page was more appropriate than a game.

First, many thanks for everything you are doing for CG: game collections, posts and apparently many other things, I'm still discovering this site. Not very clear yet who does what.

<We are chess payers.> Of course but users also need to enjoy being here, else they will leave for other sites. GOTDs and puns are part of the fun as well as knowledge: GOTDs for sure, it's the site's main feature with POTD, puns sometimes because they can trigger interesting debates on chess or non-chess related items (we sometimes need a break).

<This may not be the best system> By far! What I sincerely regret is the complete opacity on GOTD and pun selection.
I understood yesterday MissScarlett is alone doing this and doesn't take into account the voting booth (I'll disregard the fact he/she didn't know about pun submission page even though his/her selection impacts this). Not blaming him/her, it's just too much for one person, aggravated by the fact it's under-processed.

<... but I think we can all agree that we can't all agree on what is.> Well we haven't really tried, have we? Users have regularly been complaining about quality. Agreed recently it has improved, but for how long?
Probably CG admins need to think for a while how to improve. Ideally the process should be:

1. Transparent: clear rules on who does what, when, how GOTD+puns are selected/on hold/deleted/other status.

2. Staffed: many users would agree to participate to the selection and help poor MS in his/her dantesque task (7000 entries, wow). There could be a a small reward, e.g. a label for the user doing this or reduced/free membership given a level of commitment. The voting booth could be an element but at least it needs to be advertised and used.

3. Structured. Instead of going through the 7000 entries randomly (it that the case? see transparency above), there could be a first automated filter based on e.g. not a previous GOTD, no/little/old kibitz, famous players or tournaments, etc. Then an automated filter based on voting booth. Then at least two "super-users" could select.

Sorry for this long post, just trying to help even though I don't know if you have any influence on the powers that be. Thanks for reading it.
Take care.

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  Teyss: PS: hilarious profile of yours.
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