I had never played against this person before, but I knew that he was an accomplished club player. I got White, being one of the top rated in a tournament where just about everyone that shows up on Wednesdays showed up.
At the beginning, I decided to play an open Sicilian only because I had noticed that he had lost to Mark in a Kalashnikov Sicilian as Black, but was worried that he might try to “dragonize” me instead, which is what began to take place. I steered for a Four Knights 8.NxNc6 instead of 8.Qd2 because I didn’t want to get into a Dragon, which is really “Black’s opening”, and I have faired quite poorly against it as White. So I chose to control the play and get the game into unfamiliar (to Black) channels.
This was not quite accurate play on part, but it had the intended results. I have to give Joseph credit as he spend quite a bit of time thinking about the exchange sac, he simply misplayed the continuation. Fruit likes the exchange sac, when played correctly.
For example 23.Bd2 is inaccurate and equalizing. I wasn’t calculating the complications except for superficially. 23.Qd2 is the winning move. I could have been a little more enterprising with 26.g4 or 26.Rd7. Instead, 26.Qd2 QxQ was rather lame, according to Fruit. Still, I could have opened up the game and perhaps then won a pawn.