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The time control was 1 day per 1 move.
Congrats on a nice victory against someone rated nearly 500 points higher than you.
Thanks! He made several blunders.
"Of course, Bxf8 gives black a positional advantage, while also threatening things like Bh6, pinning the queen."Personally I think Bxf8 was fine. After Bxf8 Qxf8 Nxd5 (now Black doesn't have Bh6 due to Ne3) cxd5 Kb1, Black has some fine looking bishops for sure, but not necessarily enough for the exchange. Black will also have to contend with a king side pawn storm very soon.
This isn't meant to sound offensive, but are you a Dragon player? If not, then perhaps you don't understand the sacrificial nature of the opening. After your variation, black plays Rb8 and, according to Houdini, has a small advantage. In the Dragon, exchanges are typically being sacced for small advantages that are usually enough to win, the same being with Be6.EDIT: I would like to add that Be6 is the main line and has been played hundreds of times.
No I'm not a Dragon player. My few attempts to consider becoming one usually end in humiliation! I hoped my use of the word 'personally' would make clear that what I was saying was but a humble, un-computer analysed opinion.
Good game! Thanks for posting it!
Ahh, I missed the "personally". Sorry
But do you understand now why Bxf8 would maybe not be a good idea? It's only been played in less than 10 games out of hundreds, after all.
Well it's not often I find myself following theory 13 moves into a game, so it's a little bit irrelevant for me (even if i did play the Dragon), and at our level giving up the exchange is always a risk. We can all too easily sacrifice material for a positional benefit only to have lost it 3 moves later...But yes, the Black position after my line has plenty of potential. But considering your computer only gives it a meagre advantage, I'd consider it a dangerous line for a player as terrible as myself. Exchanges will tend to favour White.
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