In the following game, played in the opening round of a tournament in the Slow Chess league, I face an early opening choice as White when my opponent replies with 1...c6. Rather than transpose into more standard lines against my own defenses, I stick to an independent English Opening continuation that involves gambiting a pawn. This is the first game that I have played with this line, so I'm pleased with it for training purposes, as well as content with the result.
One of my long-term flaws as a player has been being too materialistic, so learning to play more dynamically and with "compensation" is good for my chess. In this game, the compensation for White is positional rather than in the form of a direct attack, although I was able to obtain some tactical play once Black castled queenside. Houdini's assessment throughout was that White had full compensation for the pawn, which is useful validation of the line and my handling of it in this debut game.