Blitz Chess #372: Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was a Ruy Lopez, Exchange variation. With the exchange variation comes an important responsibility, namely great care of the light squares since white is without the light-squared bishop. White aims for an f4 pawn break, but black finds a direct path to stir up some trouble with this basic plan. Maintain control of the light-squares as white and you should be quite okay, without care of them you can lose control of the game.

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1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bd6 6. Nbd2 f6 7. Qe2 Ne7 8. Nc4 O-O 9. h3 c5 10. O-O Be6 11. Nh2 Nc6 12. c3 Be7 13. f4 b5 14. Na3 c4 15. Rd1 Bxa3 16. bxa3 cxd3 17. Rxd3 Qe7 18. Rd1 Rad8 19. Be3 Qxa3 20. Qc2 Nb4 21. Qf2 Nd3 22. Qe2 exf4 23. Bf2 Qxc3 24. Nf3 Rfe8 25. a3 Bb3 26. Rd2 Qxa1+

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