LIVE Blitz Chess Commentary #324: English Symmetrical, hedgehog system

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 3|2. The opening was the English Symmetrical, hedgehog system. Control the center, and there’s a strong chance you control the game. The critical pawn breaks for black in the hedgehog system are b5 and d5, with the former more likely to occur due to not only fewer white defenders, but also because the knight pawn is less valuable than the central d-pawn. Sometimes b5 can hit even as a pawn sacrifice to open lines on the queenside and activate the black pieces. White spends time expanding on the kingside looking for an attack against the enemy king in this one, whereas black waits for his counterstriking opportunity on the queenside.

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1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 c5 5. O-O e6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxg2 9. Kxg2 O-O 10. e4 d6 11. b3 a6 12. Bb2 Qc7 13. f4 Nbd7 14. Qf3 Rfd8 15. Rad1 Rac8 16. g4 Bf8 17. g5 Ne8 18. h4 g6 19. f5 Ne5 20. Qh3 exf5 21. Nd5 Qb7 22. exf5 Nc7 23. Nf3 Nxd5 24. Rxd5 Nxc4 25. bxc4 Rxc4 26. Rd2 d5 27. Bd4 Bc5 28. Rfd1 Re8 29. fxg6 hxg6 30. h5 Bxd4 31. Rxd4 Re2+ 32. Kf1 Rxd4 33. Rxd4 Rxa2 34. hxg6 fxg6 35. Qe6+ Qf7 36. Qxd5 Ra1+ 37. Kf2 Ra2+ 38. Kg3 Ra3 39. Qxf7+ Kxf7 40. Rd6 b5 41. Rf6+ Kg7 42. Kf4 Ra4+ 43. Ke5 Ra3 44. Ke4 b4 45. Rb6 a5 46. Rb7+ Kf8 47. Nd4 Rg3 48. Ne6+ Ke8 49. Ke5 Re3+ 50. Kf6 b3 51. Re7


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