- Insightful discussion about the general value of playing 1. c4 as White and the difficulties of selecting a Black system against it
- Transposition and move-order issues
- Comments on when to calculate and when simply to play chess
- Relative value of pieces in the opening, middlegame and endgame - especially fianchettoed bishops
- The value of looking at tactical ideas, even when they currently do not work
- The advantage of expanding in the center and kingside when the opportunity exists, even when "normal" play in the English features a queenside strategy. It was comforting to see that other English players at the Class level also have this blind spot, which is something I've addressed previously on the blog.
The production value of the video is high quality, with a large board complemented by a view of the commentator, although some of the questions from the audience are not quite audible.