French Defense, Tarrasch – Standard chess #41

I played a standard chess game as white with play entering the French Defense, Tarrasch variation. Time controls are set at 15 minutes with a 2 second increment. “To react or not?”, that would be the question. In this game, where white has established a strong point on e5, white would like to play on that side of the board, or more specifically drift some pieces towards that wing and maybe even create a pawn break. However, would white be given time to do this, or be preoccupied elsewhere? “When to release the tension?”, and “who would benefit from a change of pawn structure?” are two important questions to have entered the minds of the players in this one.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 { C05 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation, Pawn Center Variation } c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ndf3 cxd4 8. cxd4 a5 9. Ne2 Nb6 10. Nc3 Bd7 11. Bd3 a4 12. a3 Na5 13. O-O Nb3 14. Rb1 g6 15. Be3 h5 16. Nd2 Na5 17. Rc1 Nac4 18. Nxc4 Nxc4 19. Bxc4 dxc4 20. d5 exd5 21. Nxd5 Bg7 22. Bb6 Qc8 23. Nc7+ Kf8 24. Nxa8

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