Blitz Chess #352: Alekhine’s Defense, Exchange variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening was the Alekhine’s Defense, Exchange variation. Black opts for a hypermodern approach by playing the Alekhine’s Defense. White gains a couple tempi by converting black’s king knight to essentially a queen knight. Inherent with this opening is a white pawn center that has advanced to the 4th rank and beyond. Black’s idea is to, in time, undermine the white pawn center with a timely strike. In such cases, special attention ought to be given to potential structural changes. Can black show that the white pawn center is a liability, or will white show it is moreso a strength?

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1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. exd6 cxd6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be3 e6 8. Nbd2 Be7 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Nc6 11. h3 Bh5 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. b3 Bf6 14. Ne4 Be7 15. Qd2 Bg6 16. Nc3 Bf6 17. Rfd1 d5 18. c5 Nd7 19. Qb2 a5 20. a3 Ra8 21. b4 axb4 22. axb4 Qe7 23. Qb3 Rfc8 24. Nb5 b6 25. Nd6 Rcb8 26. b5 Na5 27. Qb4 bxc5 28. dxc5 Nxc5 29. Bxc5


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