Pawn Lever Golden Retriever

I enjoy playing this system against the Kings Indian. White throws all his queenside pawns up the board. I was pleased with the lever 14.a5 but I should have followed up with 15.bxc5 and 16.Qb1 when I would have had potential good outposts in the centre, control of the open b file and a weakness on a6 to work with.

26.g4 is an interesting move in the resulting rook and knight endgame that I will aim to remember. It aims to break up Black’s pawns and give the king a way out.

I had the edge at the end but it was complicated and as we were both short of time I was happy to take a draw.

Dan Staples