French Defense, Rubinstein variation – Standard chess #25

I played a standard chess game as white with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was the French Defense, Rubinstein variation, Blackburne Defense. Time is a big factor in this game from both a clock and development standpoint. Converting a development advantage is not always so easily demonstrated. How would each side fair where in the middle game each has a weakness, and come endgame what would be the important factors to consider? The whole chess board is made use of in this one. First the center, then the queenside, and ultimately the kingside.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 { C10 French Defense: Rubinstein Variation, Blackburne Defense } 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Bb5+ c6 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. O-O Qc7 10. c4 Ng4 11. h3 Nh2 12. Re1 Nxf3+ 13. Qxf3 O-O 14. c5 Be7 15. Bf4 Qd8 16. Rad1 Bf6 17. Bd6 Re8 18. b4 Be7 19. Be5 Bf6 20. a4 Qd5 21. Qxd5 cxd5 22. b5 Bxe5 23. dxe5 Bd7 24. a5 Rec8 25. Rc1 Rc7 26. Rc2 Rac8 27. Rec1 Kf8 28. f4 Ke7 29. Kf2 Ra8 30. Ke3 h5 31. g3 Rd8 32. Kd4 Ra8 33. Ra1 Rac8 34. Raa2 Rb8 35. Rc3 h4 36. g4 Be8 37. Rcc2 a6 38. b6 Rc6 39. Ra1 Rcc8 40. Rf1 Bc6 41. f5 Rg8 42. f6+ gxf6 43. Rxf6 Rbf8 44. Rcf2 Rh8 45. Bc2 Be8 46. Bd3 Bc6 47. g5 Be8 48. g6 fxg6 49. Rxf8 Rxf8 50. Rxf8 Kxf8 51. Bxa6 Bc6 52. Be2 Kg7 53. a6 bxa6 54. Bxa6 g5 55. b7 Bxb7 56. Bxb7 g4 57. Ke3 gxh3 58. Kf2 Kg6 59. c6 Kf5 60. c7 Kxe5 61. c8=Q d4 62. Qc6

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