Blitz Chess #366: QGD: Semi-Slav, Meran variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Queen’s Gambit Declined: Semi-Slav, Meran variation. Typically play turns quite sharp in the Meran variation, however the first player does not strike with a critical line which would make the presence of white’s central majority felt. Instead white attempts some minor piece play, thus allowing black to not only equalize but also press a slight advantage. What would come about in this game where one side has a positional superiority, and some play against an isolated queen pawn?

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1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. Ng5 c5 11. Nge4 Rc8 12. a3 Be7 13. f3 Qb6 14. Bc2 O-O 15. Ng5 Rfd8 16. f4 cxd4 17. exd4 h6 18. Nf3 Nd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Be3 Nf6 21. Ne5 Qb7 22. g3 Be4 23. Bxe4 Qxe4 24. Re1 Qd5 25. Rc1 Ne4 26. Qh5 Nd6 27. Rc5 Qe4 28. Bf2 Qf5 29. Qf3 Rxc5 30. dxc5 Nc4 31. Nc6 Re8 32. Nxe7+ Rxe7 33. Qa8+ Kh7 34. Qd8 Qf6 35. c6

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