Blitz Chess #382: Catalan Opening, Closed

This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Catalan Opening, Closed. What to do when one side has a space advantage? Keeping all minor pieces on board can make life a little difficult for the side lacking space. Even though one side suffers from a material deficit in this one, there is piece activity that serves as some compensation.

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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 c6 7. Nbd2 Nbd7 8. b3 Re8 9. Bb2 a6 10. Qc2 dxc4 11. Nxc4 Bb4 12. a3 Be7 13. Rfd1 Nb6 14. Nce5 Bd7 15. Nd3 Qc7 16. Rac1 Rac8 17. Nc5 Rcd8 18. Bc3 Nbd5 19. Be1 Bc8 20. e4 b6 21. Na4 Nxe4 22. Qxe4 Bxa3 23. Ra1 Be7 24. Ne5 Bf6 25. Rdc1 c5 26. Nf3 Ne7 27. Bc3 Bb7 28. Qe2 Nd5 29. Bb2 e5 30. dxe5 Qd7 31. Qf1 Be7 32. Nd2 Nb4 33. Bxb7 Qxb7 34. Qe2 Nd3 35. Rc2 b5 36. Nc3 Nb4 37. Rcc1 Nd3 38. Rcb1 Rd7 39. Nce4 Red8 40. Nf3 Nxb2 41. Rxb2 Rd3 42. Rc1 Qb6 43. Rbc2 a5 44. Nxc5 Bxc5 45. Rxc5

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