Blitz Chess #374: Tarrasch Defense, Classical variation

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Tarrasch Defense, Classical variation. White seeks some clarification with the central pawn structure by applying pressure to black’s c5 pawn. Black’s reply would play an important role in the course of the game. To change the structure with c4, thus obtaining a queenside majority, or something else?

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. d4 Be7 8. O-O O-O { D34 Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation } 9. Be3 Ng4 10. Bf4 Bf6 11. dxc5 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Be6 13. Qa4 Qd7 14. Rab1 Bf5 15. Rbd1 Be4 16. Rd2 Rfe8 17. Rfd1 Nge5 18. Nxe5 Nxe5 19. Qxe4 dxe4 20. Rxd7 Nxd7 21. Rxd7 b6 22. c6 Rac8 23. c7 f5 24. f3 e3 25. Bd6 Re6 26. f4 Rxd6 27. Rxd6 Rxc7 28. Bd5+ Kf8 29. c4 b5 30. cxb5 Rc1+ 31. Kg2 Rc2 32. Kf3 Rb2 33. a4 Rb4 34. Ra6 Ke7 35. Kxe3 g6 36. Kf3 Kf8 37. Rxa7 Rb1 38. Bc4 Rb4 39. Bd3 Rb1 40. a5 Rb4 41. a6 Rb2 42. Rb7 Rb4 43. a7

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