Blitz Chess #359: Sicilian Defense, Chekhover variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|2. The opening played was the Sicilian Defense, Chekhover variation. In general, an early queen deployment is a good way to ask for trouble. Qd4 is however quite a viable option on move 4 in an option Sicilian instead of the standard knight recapture. After black’s 5th, Nc6 attacking the queen, I was only use to seeing the pinning Bb5 move. White throws something different at me in this game which results in a white queen fleeing about. How can black try to take advantage of this is the big question.

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1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qa4 e6 6. Nc3 Bd7 7. Be3 a6 8. Qb3 b5 9. a3 Nf6 10. h3 Be7 11. Bd3 Qc7 12. O-O O-O 13. Be2 Rfc8 14. Qa2 Rab8 15. Rac1 Na5 16. Nd2 Bc6 17. f4 d5 18. e5 Nd7 19. Nf3 Nc4 20. Bf2 Nc5 21. b3 Nb6 22. Nd4 Ba8 23. a4 b4 24. Nb1 Bb7 25. a5 Nbd7 26. Nd2 Ne4 27. Nxe4 dxe4 28. Qa4 Nc5 29. Qa2 Rd8 30. c3 bxc3 31. Rxc3 Qd7 32. Rfc1 Rbc8 33. Qd2 Nd3 34. Bxd3 exd3 35. Qxd3 Rxc3 36. Rxc3 Bb4 37. Rc4 Bxa5 38. Qc2 h6 39. Kh2 Bd5 40. Nc6 Bxc6 41. Rxc6 Qd2 42. Qxd2 Rxd2 43. Be1 Ra2 44. b4 Bxb4 45. Bxb4

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