Blitz Chess #356: King’s Indian Defense, Makogonov variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|2. The opening played was the King’s Indian Defense, Makogonov variation. Have you ever played a game where one side is down the exchange within the first dozen moves? Where might there be compensation is such a position? A few important questions in cases like these are “Who would likely benefit by having a rook exchange?”, “who is likely to benefit from pawn exchanges?”, and “what squares carry a great importance?”.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 { E71 King’s Indian Defense: Makogonov Variation } O-O 6. Bg5 e5 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. Bxd8 Nb4 11. Rd1 N8a6 12. a3 Nc2+ 13. Kd2 Nd4 14. Ne2 Be6 15. Bg5 Nc5 16. Nxd4 exd4 17. f3 a5 18. Bd3 a4 19. Kc2 Ra6 20. f4 Rc6 21. Kb1 Nxd3 22. Rxd3 Bxc4 23. Rd2 b5 24. e5 d3 25. Be7 f6 26. exf6 Bxf6 27. Bxf6 Rxf6 28. g3 Re6 29. Rg1 Re3 30. Kc1 Kf7 31. Rf2 c5 32. Kd2 Re7 33. Re1 Rc7 34. Re4 Ba2 35. h4 Be6 36. h5 Bf5 37. Re5 b4 38. hxg6+ hxg6 39. Rh2 Kg7 40. Rh4 bxa3 41. bxa3 c4 42. Kc3 Rd7 43. Rh2 Bg4 44. Rd2 Rc7 45. Rb5 Kf7 46. Rb4 Be6 47. Rxa4 Kf6 48. Rb4 Kf5 49. Rb5+ Kg4 50. Rg5+ Kf3 51. Rxg6 Bf7 52. Rg7 Ke3 53. f5 Rb7 54. Rb2 Rxb2 55. Kxb2 d2 56. Rxf7 d1=Q 57. Re7+ Kf3 58. Rc7 Qb3+ 59. Kc1 c3 60. f6 Qb2+

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