The former England team captain, David Anderton, once summed up my strength as DEFENCE, then quoted Black Knight from Monty Python: “None shall pass.” For those of you too young to know about this, here’s the clip on Youtube:
There may well be some truth in this, my greatest strength has always been defence. Yet the fact that this is so noticeable is suggestive of certain weaknesses too, for example a certain carelessness in the opening because of confidence in being able to put up strong resistance.
What is the lesson? That strong preferences can also be weaknesses, so it’s good to aim for stylistic balance.