Blitz Chess #388: English Opening, Caro-Kann Defensive System

It’s a non-confrontational beginning out of some English Opening/Caro-Kann Defensive System. Black gives white the 2 bishops early on, and maintains a solid structure. What would come from the opening up of the center, and what would be the focal point for each side, if any? This was a 5|0 time control game, where I was playing with the white pieces.

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1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Nf6 4. Bb2 g6 5. e3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Nbd7 10. d4 e6 11. Nd2 Re8 12. Qc2 Rc8 13. Rac1 a6 14. Rfd1 Bf8 15. a3 Bg7 16. b4 b5 17. c5 e5 18. e4 dxe4 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 exd4 21. Bxd4 Qe7 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Qc3+ Nf6 24. Bf3 Qe5 25. Rd6 Qxc3 26. Rxc3 Re6 27. Rcd3 Kf8 28. Rxe6 fxe6 29. Rd6 Ke7 30. Bxc6 Rc7 31. Bf3 Ra7 32. Rb6 Nd7 33. Rb7 Rxb7 34. Bxb7 Nb8 35. f4 Kd8 36. Kf2 Kc7 37. Be4 a5 38. bxa5 Na6 39. c6 Nc5 40. Ke3 Nb3 41. a6 Kb6 42. c7 Kxc7 43. a7 Nc5 44. a8=Q

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