Michael Botteley v Lloyd Retallick
Bedfordshire v Cornwall, 2014/15 (Bd.9)
Imaginative chess from a player in good form.
Be7 before Nf6 to encourage early Nf3 - see note to move 8
Lasker's move, unsure if it's sound in this position
The Knight eyes b4, leaving the Bishops to defend the Kingside - 13 Bxa6 Qa5+
Partly to divert attention away from the Kingside
Rhd1 is a better way to drive away the Queen, before Black can play Bh4
26...d4 buys time to kick the Knight away from h5 before Bf6
Black's Kingside doesn't look pretty but the 4-1 Queenside majority is waiting (JM)
Difficult to be sure but exchanging Queens seems to be a strategic error
Notes by Lloyd Retallick with interjections from Jeremy Menadue.