Now for a couple of comments on the game. Just because a move worked, doesn't mean it is good or made for a good reason.
4.d3 I wasn't sure what to do. I figured this was safe and is a move I plan on making later anyhow. The downside is that I'm blocking my bishop, an issue that bugged me after making the move. If I had the choice to do again, I'd probably play Bb5 looking to trade my opponent's 'good' bishop since his pawns are on the black squares.
5.Ne2 This is a move that I learned from watching Smirnov's video on 1.b3, the purpose of the move is to make a quick f4 pawn push supported by the knight on e2. Nf3 would block the f pawn and e5 doesn't look like a square I can put my knight.
8.Ng3 I need to get my knight out of the way and g3 isn't bad. I'm planning on playing the knight to f5 after playing e4. Pawns on the light squares to support my bishop on b2.
14.Qd2 breaks the pin, bishop supported by rook, as well as bringing my queen to a diagonal that will allow it entrance into the queen's side for an attack on the king.
25.Nxc6 I could take with the bishop here, but decided that I wanted a5 for my queen. Besides I could bring my queen over with a and the bishop is in a great position to help with the attack.
18.Ne4 f5 doesn't work because of black's bishop, but I know if one square works, so does another and found that I hadn't played e4 yet!
20.Ng5 My queen is being attacked, but the check works. Don't want to retreat my queen and I even checked to make sure the g5 square was safe for my knight! I had a good chess day yesterday, my eyes were more active than normal.
23.Rxf5 Could have taken with the bishop, but I knew the recaptured piece would be pinned. Figured he'd capture with the bishop since he wasn't going to give me his queen. By capturing with the rook, I would have time to bring my a1 rook into play.
25.exd4 My favorite move of the game. I saw an instructive colle-zuke game on Rudel's site where the b2 bishop went back to its starting square to support an attack on the kingside, in the colle a1-h8 diagonal is often clogged! That's why I stopped playing it. I saw that two bishops would be very powerful if I could play b2 to c1. I've also figured out that once you move your queen, it no longer cuts off the same squares, so it is better to leave it be as long as possible to keep everything closed. Nothing more frustrating than thinking you have a guy cut off, simply to let him out after moving your queen! So no, I didn't just get lucky here trying to win a pawn and support my queen lol.
The ending kind of played itself.