Should have gone for a Hedgehog

This game against Paul Johnson was not one of my better efforts! Paul is a stalwart of York RI and has contributed greatly to its success.

I think I should have gone for a Hedgehog formation, as Nigel suggested in our lesson (notes below), with for example 8…d6. Nigel thought that 18.Ne4 was good by Paul, good to keep pieces on in an IQP position. I hit out (lurched!) with 21…f5 as is my wont. Nigel suggested the calmer and, in the cold light of day, far more aesthetically pleasing 21…Ne7. In the end I’m dead in the water but time was a big factor in Paul’s decision to accept the draw!

Dan Staples