Hi guys, I'd love to hear your comment on a move I made in a tournament match (very poor players, if I myself scored 4 pts in 7 matches...). I played with black:
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Ne7 my goal is taking d4 pawn away, so I tried to give my opponent the illusion of a free pawn, but he spotted my trick :( 5. Nf3 Nec6 6. Be2 Looks like he's clearing his way for castling, so I played b6 7. 0-0 Ba6 trade baby, trade... 8. Bxa6 Nxa6 9. Nd2 and here come the "controversial" move.
I have the opportunity to win a pawn with 9. ...cxd4 10. cxd4 Nxd4 but I played 9. ... c4
I played like that because I hadn't castled yet and I'm significantly behind in development, so I'm not sure opening up the position is a good idea.
On the other hand, if I managed to close the position with c4 and keep it close with, let's say, b5, I perhaps have time to catch up in development and play a match with only dark square bishops, which is good for me and bad for my opponent. I also thought that, playing at a certain moment h6, I restrict opponent bishop even more.