Positionalness | Sicilian Defense, Alapin – Standard Chess #63

Highlighted is a Rapid game against a viewer from the livestream on 7-20-22. I played as black with the Sicilian Defense and faced the Alapin variation. This game was a positional struggle throughout with little advantage for either side until the endgame surfaced. Once the queens were exchanged, the kings entered the fray while the knights looked for opportunities to pounce. The Rapid time control for this game is 5 minutes with a 10 second increment.

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1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. dxc5 Qxc5 7. Be3 Qa5 8. Na3 e6 9. Nb5 Nd5 10. Bd2 Qd8 11. Be2 Be7 12. O-O O-O 13. Nbd4 Bd7 14. c4 Nf6 15. Nxc6 Bxc6 16. Ne5 Be4 17. Bf3 Bxf3 18. Nxf3 Qc7 19. Rc1 Ne4 20. Be3 Bc5 21. Bxc5 Nxc5 22. Qe2 Rad8 23. Rfd1 a5 24. Qe5 Qxe5 25. Nxe5 f6 26. Nf3 e5 27. Nd2 Kf7 28. Kf1 Ke6 29. Ke2 h5 30. f3 Rd4 31. b3 Rfd8 32. Nf1 Nd3 33. Rb1 Nf4+ 34. Ke1 Nxg2+ 35. Ke2 Nf4+ 36. Ke1 g5 37. Nd2 f5 38. c5 Nd3+ 39. Ke2 Nxc5 40. Nc4 a4 41. Rxd4 Rxd4 42. Nb6 axb3 43. axb3 Rb4 44. Nc4 Nxb3 45. Rc1

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