Caro-Kann, Exchange variation – Standard chess #19

I played a standard chess game as black with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was Caro-Kann Exchange variation. The Caro-Kann can, in many ways, lead to a positional struggle, and this game is no exception. An important decision must be made as early as move 9 regarding the light-squared bishops. To maintain or exchange them is the key question. Given time, black would like to expand on the queenside via a minority attack. Would black have the time to follow through with this plan, or might there be some initiative white can conjure up against the black king?

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. c3 Nc6 6. Bf4 { B13 Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation, Rubinstein Variation } Bg4 7. Qb3 Na5 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. Qc2 e6 11. Nf3 Rc8 12. Ne5 Qb5 13. Nd2 Be7 14. Nd3 O-O 15. O-O Nc4 16. Nxc4 Qxc4 17. Qd1 Ne4 18. Ne5 Qb5 19. f3 Nd6 20. Qb3 Rfd8 21. Rfe1 h6 22. Kf2 Qa6 23. Re2 Nc4 24. Rae1 Nxe5 25. Bxe5 b5 26. a3 Qc6 27. Bg3 a5 28. f4 g6 29. Kg1 Bf6 30. Bf2 Qc4 31. Qxc4 Rxc4 32. Re3 h5 33. g3 b4 34. axb4 axb4 35. h4 Ra8 36. cxb4 Rxb4 37. R3e2 Bxd4 38. Bxd4 Rxd4 39. Rb1 Rb4 40. Rc2 Rab8 41. Rc7 Rxb2 42. Rxb2 Rxb2 43. Rc8+ Kg7 44. Rc7 Kf6 45. Rc3 Kf5 46. Rc7 f6 47. Rc6 Rd2 48. Kf1 e5 49. fxe5 fxe5 50. Ke1 Rg2 51. Rc5 d4 52. Rc8 Rxg3 53. Rf8+ Kg4 54. Re8 Re3+ 55. Kf2 Kxh4 56. Re6 Kg5

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