Blitz Chess #344: French Defense, Advance, Wade variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 3|0. The opening was the French Defense, Advance, Wade variation. Black, with the Wade variation, looks to trade his bad bishop for white’s good bishop quite early on. In doing so, white is soon confronted with an unexpected move as early as move 8. Will the bait be taken? An important decision must be made by black in this one when white prepares an h-pawn advance. Is it better to weaken the kingside pawn structure, or keep it structurally sound but end up with a cornered knight? Which option will black choose, and was there a better response so as to avoid the dilemma altogether? I certainly learned a couple things from this one?

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Nf3 Bd7 { French Defence, Advance Variation, Wade Variation } 6. Bd3 Bb5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. b4 Bf8 9. O-O Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Ne7 11. Nbd2 Nbc6 12. Nb3 Ng6 13. Re1 Be7 14. g3 O-O 15. h4 Qc7 16. Qe2 h6 17. h5 Nh8 18. Bf4 Rfc8 19. Rac1 a5 20. b5 a4 21. Nbd4 Na5 22. Nh2 Qc4 23. Qg4 Kf8 24. Nxe6+ fxe6 25. Qxe6 d4 26. Qf5+ Qf7 27. Qh7 Qg8 28. Qf5+ Qf7 29. Qh7 Qxh5 30. Qxh8+ Kf7 31. Qh7 Kf8 32. e6 Ke8 33. Qg8+ Bf8 34. Bd6 Qf5 35. Re5 Qf6 36. Ng4 Qf3 37. e7 Kd7 38. exf8=Q Rxf8 39. Re7+ Kxd6 40. Qxg7 Rf7 41. Rd7+ Kxd7 42. Qxd4+ Qd5 43. Rd1 Kc7

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