Benoni Defense – Standard chess #30

I played a standard chess game as black with time controls set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. The opening played was the Benoni Defense, King’s Pawn Line. White obtains a space advantage, inherent with black’s choice of the Benoni Defense. Typically white should keep more minor pieces on board, but chooses to trade light-squared bishops and have the f-pawn contribute to white’s central pawn presence. Black must always be mindful of white’s e5 break and seek counterplay on the queen’s wing, where black has a 3 vs 2 pawn majority.

1. d4 e6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 exd5 4. cxd5 d6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 { A65 Benoni Defense: King’s Pawn Line } g6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Bxd7+ Nbxd7 9. f4 Bg7 10. Nf3 O-O 11. O-O a6 12. a4 Re8 13. Qd3 Rc8 14. Bd2 c4 15. Qc2 Nc5 16. Rae1 b5 17. axb5 axb5 18. e5 dxe5 19. Nxb5 Qb6 20. Nc3 Nd3+ 21. Be3 Nxe1 22. Rxe1 Qb7 23. Rd1 Ng4 24. Bc1 Qb6+ 25. Kf1 exf4 26. Bxf4 Be5 27. Nxe5 Rxe5 28. d6 Rf5 29. Qxf5 gxf5 30. Rd2 Rd8 31. Nd5 Qa6 32. Ke1 Kg7 33. h3 Qa1+ 34. Rd1 Qa5+ 35. Ke2 Re8+ 36. Ne7 Nf6 37. d7 Rxe7+ 38. Kf3 Rxd7 39. Re1 Qd5+ 40. Kf2 Ne4+ 41. Kg1 Kg6 42. h4 Qd4+ 43. Be3 Qd5 44. g4 fxg4 45. h5+ Qxh5 46. Re2 g3 47. Kg2 Qxe2+ 48. Bf2 Qxf2+ 49. Kh1 Qh2

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