After my recent losses, this one was short and sweet.
This game just came down to propper planning by White versus poor planning by Black. Black should have organized a …d4 push much earlier than in the game (his next move, if not for getting checkmated, would have been to play …d4). In the absence of direct threats he seemed to find it difficult to come up with a plan, or didn’t try hard enough to. Like I told Alex, “He just put his pieces on pretty squares (without a real plan).”