Re: Dennis M.: Choices, Choices [27:12]
You bring up an interesting point towards the end, that Black has many pieces that can land on e5, but only one can do so at a given time. That makes me think that, if this is the best square for Black, if you deny it from him then his forces look rather silly, and that indeed is the case. The best I can see Black doing after your 'Old Man' (read as 'Experienced') move of g4-g5 is to jettison the c-pawn and 'hoping' to get counter-play.
In a quick evaluation at the beginning of this video for candidate moves I chose Qf3 first and g5 second (I didn't think that e1 was the square for the rook just yet). I didn't even consider playing f5, yet in a time long long ago, you played it after a minute's reflection.
This is interesting to me as I often look back at my games from the 70's and 80's and am surprised at my choices. Today, my candidate moves were basically polar opposites, Qf3 trying to build up active play, and g5 to deny my opponent of important squares. This is my difference as a more experienced player (read as 'Old Man'), I look at both sides of the coin whereas when I was younger I only looked for the most aggressive continuations. I hope older=wiser and that I'm not missing any really sharp and fun stuff as the years progress
Anyway - thanks for another fine presentation and I hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year!