Houdini’s Pawn Storm

This is a rapid time control game of 25 minutes with a 10 second increment between the engines Naum 4.6 and Houdini 200716. This was from Season 9 of the TCEC (Top Chess Engine Championship) in 2016. Understanding the play of two top engines is sometimes very difficult, however with this game it flows natural enough. Naum 4.6 plays a Queen pawn opening without a contributing c-pawn. How would the Houdini chess engine address white’s somewhat passive approach to the opening? Observe the calm before the pawn storm in this aesthetic chess engine battle.

PGN:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e3 a6 6. Be2 b5 7. a3 Bb7 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Ne5 Rc8 10. Nxd7 Nxd7 11. Qd3 Be7 12. Bf3 g5 13. Bg3 h5 14. h3 f5 15. Be2 g4 16. Rfd1 Kf7 17. Qd2 Rg8 18. hxg4 hxg4 19. Rf1 Nf6 20. Qe1 Bd6 21. Bh4 Rh8 22. f4 Rh5 23. Rd1 Qh8 24. g3 b4 25. Nb1 Be7 26. Kg2 cxd4 27. Rxd4 Ne4 28. Bd3 Bxh4 29. gxh4 Rxh4 30. Rh1 Rh3 31. Bxe4 fxe4 32. Rd1 Qh5 33. Nd2 Rh8 34. Qg1 g3 35. Re1 d4 36. f5

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