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Timothy Spanton vs Batkhuyag Munguntuul
"The Feeling is Munguntuul" (game of the day Mar-16-2015)
Gibraltar Masters (2014), La Caleta GIB, rd 1, Jan-28
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1



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Mar-16-15  offramp: The two bishops are too strong for the two knights to handle.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White's position after 27.Nb1--wow. That is all I can write. Wow.
Mar-16-15  Shams: Another pun so bad it's basically a thinly-veiled cry for help.
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  Sneaky: This pun is so bad it's actually good.

About the opening, I wanted to criticize 5.Qc1, but according to Opening Explorer 5.Qc1 is the normal move there. It just strikes me as passive.

I would hope that White would be able to play 5.Nbd2 and let his lead in development win the day. I only found one such example of that idea, S Karaboikis vs D Kjartansson, 2013, and while White had a very nice attack it fizzled into a perpetual in the end.

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  Once: The problem I have always had with the London system is what exactly is the point of Bf4? It doesn't attack anything interesting and it often leaves the queenside vulnerable.

Here black has double fun teasing this bishop - he chases it around the kingside before capturing it, and he gets to exploit the fact that it is missing and so can't protect b2.

Nice game by black. As for the pun.... ahem.

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  Penguincw: I don't get the pun. Is it supposed to be "The feeling is mutual"?
Mar-16-15  Mr Bigz: This pun has me ROLF.
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  kevin86: In this game it's Bishops SI and Knights No!
Mar-16-15  Castleinthesky: This game is very instructive on good strategical planning. Black's plan is to dominate the black squares and convert the game from a closed to an open game. He eliminates White's black bishop in the opening and then pries the board opening while turning White's knights into spectators. Terribly bad (i.e good) pun and great game.
Mar-16-15  Rookiepawn: 24. Ra1 is a sad move. White has his pieces so poorly located he has to take them back and start developing again.

I think the same as <Once> regarding this system. White's play seems forced and cramped while Black appears to have an easy develop.

What I cannot see is W's mistake. 14. Qc2 allows the elegant ...Nc5 but W seems already uncomfortable.

Mar-16-15  Isilimela: @Castleinthesky. She apparently. WGM Munguntuul (Mongolia).
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  fm avari viraf: Timothy Spanton is a very good gentleman & a friend of mine. During my frequent participation in the International Chess Tournaments at Hastings, England, I played with him in the Challengers and the game is in the database.
Mar-16-15  schnarre: ...Black's play was nicely handled & very methodical.
Mar-16-15  Mating Net: A good game showcasing the Bishop pair. The pun, not so good or clever.
Feb-12-21  Saniyat24: Spanton got a spanking...!

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