Nimzo-Indian Defense, Three Knights variation – Standard chess #49

I played as black in this game, and opted for the the Nimzo-Indian Defense where both dark-squared bishops ended up being exchanged for a knight. Of the 2 exchanges, it was black’s capture on c3 which produced structural damage. This would become a big focal point in the game. Could the doubled c-pawns be exploited? How might the value of the pieces, and the pawn majorities be influenced by this different structure? The Rapid time control for this game is 15 minutes with a 10 second increment.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 c5 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. O-O cxd4 10. exd4 Bxc3 11. bxc3 d6 12. Re1 e5 13. d5 Nb8 14. h3 Na6 15. Bf1 Nc5 16. Qd2 Bd7 17. Qb2 Rae8 18. Kh2 Qf4+ 19. Kg1 Bxh3 20. Nd2 Bc8 21. Re3 e4 22. Rae1 Re5 23. Rg3 Rfe8 24. Ree3 Qh4 25. Qb1 f5 26. Rh3 Qf6 27. f4 exf3 28. Rxe5 f2+ 29. Kxf2 Qxe5 30. Kg1 f4 31. Rf3 Bf5 32. Qc1 Bg4 33. Qc2 Bxf3 34. Nxf3 Qe4 35. Qf2 Qe3 36. Nd4 Qxf2+ 37. Kxf2 Ne4+ 38. Kf3 Nd2+ 39. Kf2 Nxf1 40. Kxf1 Rc8 41. Nf5 Rxc4 42. Nxd6 Rxc3 43. Nxb7 Kf8 44. d6 Ke8

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