Sicilian Defense, French variation – Standard chess #43

I played a standard chess game as white with my opponent playing the Sicilian Defense, French variation. My opponent surprised me as early as move 5. Would it be wise to devote an additional tempo to open a new door for a bishop in an already opened position, and even if not, could it be exploited? Black’s 5th move was not the only “surprise” I experienced. Time controls are 15 minutes with a 2 second increment.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 { B40 Sicilian Defense: French Variation } 3. Nc3 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. d4 b6 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Qe2+ Qe7 8. Bxd7+ Nxd7 9. Nxd5 Qxe2+ 10. Kxe2 O-O-O 11. Rd1 Ngf6 12. Nxf6 Nxf6 13. Bg5 cxd4 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Rxd4 Rxd4 16. Nxd4 Bc5 17. Rd1 Re8+ 18. Kf3 Re5 19. g4 Rd5 20. c3 h5 21. h3 hxg4+ 22. hxg4 Kd7 23. b4 Bd6 24. c4 Rxd4 25. Rxd4 Ke6 26. Rxd6+ Kxd6 27. Ke4 Ke6 28. Kf4 Kd6 29. Kf5 Ke7 30. f3 a6 31. f4 a5 32. bxa5 bxa5 33. a4 Kf8 34. Kxf6 Kg8 35. Ke7 Kg7 36. c5 f5 37. gxf5 Kh6 38. c6 Kh5 39. c7 Kg4 40. c8=Q Kxf4 41. f6 Kg5 42. f7 Kg6 43. Qg4+ Kh7 44. Qg3 Kh6 45. f8=Q+ Kh5 46. Qh8

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