Can anyone give me his or her opinion on this position please? I was quite shocked by the engine eval.
I was wrong too. The c pawn is weak wherever it stands and Black cannot target any of White weaknesses.
Same number of pawn islands, however black's are not as good, iso c pawn open file. Slightly behind in development.
Going +2 for white. Not claiming any expert status.
Be interested in the engine number please.
I'll try to give my pre-looking-it-up take.
I like white here; their bishop looks a little easier to get into a useful position, their king can advance up the board to support their e/f pawns and connect rooks, while black's king and bishop are both stuck behind their pawns still; the open c and d files are relatively easily guarded by white's bishop, knight and rooks. White's h pawn is weak, but the only pawn that can attack it is the g pawn which white's f pawn can make trouble for, while black's c pawn can be attacked immediately by the rooks.
I see no plan of attack for either side. That part's over my head.
Thanks for all your answers @Nerwal @dnowmects @Edgy1 ; the engine gives a big advantage to White, which I found really surprising. But if you move on for some moves, White gets huge pressure on the c-pawn. I could get this position with Black in my repertoire, should I exclude it?
< I could get this position with Black in my repertoire, should I exclude it?>
Definitely. White doesn't need to know the actual evaluation to play the position correctly, then it will be prospectless suffering.
Okay, thanks for all the feedback!
Here's how to play the position as white: Play Ke2 to defend the kingside pawns, fianchetto the queenside bishop with b3 and Bb2, and then move the rooks to c1 and d1. There is no need to defend the h2 pawn because if black ever plays Bxh2, white can trap the bishop with f4 and then win the bishop with the king.
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