Who’s Got The Bigger Machete

I’ve been having lessons with Nigel for many years and can heartily recommend having them. It is very interesting to examine the games you’ve immersed yourself in with someone with a higher level of understanding.

This was a game I played a few years ago against Ian Heppell of Wimbledon. It was a Caro Kann, an opening which I have struggled to play well and understand.

During the lesson Nigel commented that “as is often the case with your games, it comes down to who’s got the bigger machete”.

The key things for me to take away was that 6…Nxc3 was dodgy and 14….Ng6 was a better idea than advancing the a pawn.

Dan Staples