1.e4 I didn't know that Mike played 1.e4 and was expecting a Queen/^s Gambit
1...e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 I hadn't played this position before, but had at one stage looked at the lines after 5...Bc5. I didn't trust myself to remember these lines, and thought Mike would be well prepared in any case - so I played something different.
5...Nc6 6.Qe2 As with his previous moves, Mike played this instantly. I was still worried I was walking into his preparation.
6...Bf5 But now Mike went into a long think.
7.d3 I was happy to see this move. It resembles the 5.d3 line, but with the difference that Qe2 and Bf5 have been played, which I didn/^t think favoured White.
7...Nxc3 8.bxc3 d4 9.Rb1 Bc5 With the idea of trapping the rook with Bb6 if he takes the b-pawn.
10.Bd2 0-0 11.Qf2 Re8 12.Be2 Nxe5 I've won a pawn and he can't castle due to Ng4 followed by dxc3. I was walking around the room while Mike was thinking, hoping that he'd play 13.Rb5 and then I'd reply Nxd3. My final thought was what if he played 13.Kd1? Then I saw him move and quickly returned to the board. I had to hold back from moving straight away.
13.Rb5 Bxd3 After some thought I realised that taking with the Bishop is even better.
14.Rxc5 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 Bxe2 16.Qg3 Qf6 17.Bf4 Qb6 With idea of Qxc5 or Qb1+
18.Be5 f6 19.Rxc7 g6 This works, but the moment I played it I noticed I could have played Bg4 which is a much nicer way to win.
20.Bxd4 Qb1+ 21.Kf2 Qxh1 22.Qd6 Qf1+ 23.Kg3 Rad8 0-1