“Very Exciting, A Good Scalp” ND

This was a good win against a strong opponent. Nigel commented diplomatically on my 4th move that he wasn’t sure he would want to put his Bishop on g5. I agree 4. Qb3 would have been a better way to play.

Nigel also didn’t really like Bxd6, possibly allowing Black a strong centre and advised that c4 was probably a better lever than e4 in this position. Pawn levers are something Nigel introduced me to I still have problems with. I’ve struggled with Hans Kmoch’s Pawn Power in Chess a key ND recommendation.

Nigel made a number of good positional suggestions which do seem to flow better. Also worth noting his key suggestion that I do some deep breathing at move 27!

Dan Staples