Blitz Chess #358: Sicilian Defense, Pin variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Sicilian Defense, Pin variation. If you have dark square weaknesses and your dark-squared bishop isn’t around, one must be especially cautious. The Pin variation looks to damage white’s queenside structure in exchange for giving white the two bishops. Efficient development, along with keeping your eyes open for tactics in an open Sicilian are both key factors for success.

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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Nxc6 dxc6 8. Bd2 Bd7 9. e5 Nd5 10. Ne4 Be7 11. O-O Qc7 12. c4 Nb6 13. Bc3 c5 14. Qg4 g6 15. b3 Bc6 16. Nd6+ Bxd6 17. exd6 O-O

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