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I play 1. d4 and I would rather see the Budapest then most other openings. I would also avoid worse positions that cede the bishop pair when there is a stable pawn structure and less space. Especially if there are no pawn breaks in the position. Maybe this is a personal flaw of mine, but if so it is shared by the majority of chess players and produces statistics that favor White.
Speaking of messing up opening prefrence, what do you do against 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3? 2...Nc6 3. c4 e5 4. d5 is a whole new can of worms.
I play your e6, and I like it. It works, do not change it.
The results in the Bd6 line speak for themselves - white scores a crushing 67% based on 89 games after Bd6 Bxd6. Black loses time and is playing catchup on a long and painful road to hopefully achieving equality. To get more specific, after Bxd6 Qxd6 Ne4 white scores 79% (stats from Mega Database 2013). It's also laughable to say that the Budapest "[takes] the initiative right from the start", as in the most common variation (Rubinstein) black is passively defending for the whole opening to middlegame. Your main defense of the opening is that most players aren't good enough to use the bishop pair - relying on your opponent's incompetence is not an adequate way to defend an opening. I'm not saying that the Budapest isn't playable, just that there is a reason it is almost never employed at high levels.
@Aggressivesociopath Against 2. Nf3 I personally just go into a King's Indian set-up. Also I'm glad you like playing against the Budapest, because I like playing it, seems everyone is happy. As long as my opponents play 2. c4 I'm going to play the Budapest.
@FrenchTutor, many Grandmasters use the Budapest from time to time at high levels. Shirov, Zeljko, Epishin, Mamedyarov, Speelman, Romero Holmes, the list goes on. Some more examples with links
Koepcke vs Yermolinksy 0-1
Mikhalevski vs Chabonon 0-1
You bring up database stats saying "out of 89 games." Yes, 89 games between grandmasters and a stat that doesn't apply to average players. I'll never be a GM, none of the people I play will ever be GMs, you'll never be a GM, so who cares? I play the Budapest every chance I get, I like playing with it, and I have a winning record with it. And there's always Mamedyarov's 4...g5 line.
The Budapest can be a challenging opening for black to play against the Rubinstein variations, but it's definitely not an insurmountable challenge, especially not at average level. If you're black you're already playing from a challenging position anyway no matter what opening you use. I don't mind playing against the Rubeinstein variations as black thus I will continue playing the Budapest and studying these games, so that when a white player does use this variation I'll be more familiar with it than them.
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