Blitz Chess #369: Benoni Defense

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Benoni Defense with white opting for a positionally based setup. Namely white’s play takes steps to secure the dark-squared bishop with h3, Bf4 and commits the e-pawn to the more modest e3 square. White, with a space advantage on the queenside, seeks play there. Black’s response is one involving the offering of piece exchanges combined with some play on the kingside. How would an ensuing rook endgame with material equality finish?

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 { A61 Benoni Defense } 7. h3 Bg7 8. Bf4 a6 9. a4 O-O 10. e3 Re8 11. Nd2 Nh5 12. Bh2 Be5 13. Bxe5 Rxe5 14. Nc4 Re8 15. Be2 Nf6 16. O-O Qc7 17. a5 Nbd7 18. Na4 Rb8 19. Qd2 Ne5 20. Nab6 Nxc4 21. Bxc4 Bd7 22. b3 Bb5 23. Qb2 Bxc4 24. bxc4 Ne4 25. Rfe1 Qe7 26. Na4 Qh4 27. Nc3 Qf6 28. Rec1 Nxc3 29. Qxc3 Qxc3 30. Rxc3 b6 31. axb6 Rxb6 32. g4 Reb8 33. Kg2 Kg7 34. Kg3 h6 35. h4 Kf6 36. f4 Rb3 37. Rxb3 Rxb3 38. g5+ hxg5 39. hxg5+ Ke7 40. Kf3 Rb4 41. Rxa6 Rxc4 42. Ra7+ Kf8 43. Rd7 Rc1 44. Rxd6 Rd1 45. Ke4 Rc1 46. Rc6 Ke7 47. Ke5 Kd7 48. e4 c4 49. Kd4 c3 50. Rxc3 Rf1 51. Ke5 Ra1 52. Rb3 Ra7 53. Rb6 Ke7 54. Rb8 Rd7 55. Rh8 Ra7 56. Rh7 Ra5 57. f5 gxf5 58. exf5 Kf8 59. Rh8+ Kg7 60. Rc8 Ra1 61. f6+ Kg6 62. Rg8+ Kh5 63. Rg7 Re1+ 64. Kd6 Rd1 65. Kc6 Rc1+ 66. Kd7 Rd1 67. d6 Rd2 68. Ke7 Re2+ 69. Kd8 Rd2 70. d7 Rd3 71. Ke7 Re3+ 72. Kxf7 Rd3 73. Ke7 Re3+ 74. Kd8 Rd3 75. f7 Rf3 76. Ke7 Re3+ 77. Kd6 Rd3+ 78. Kc5

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