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Chess Opening Theory/1. d4/1...Nf6/2. c4/2...Nc6

Black Knights Tango
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

r1bqkb1r/pppppppp/2n2n2/8/2PP4/8/PP2PPPP/RNBQKBNR

Black Knights TangoEdit

2...Nc6Edit

With the work in Georgi Orlov this previously obscure opening has been given new life. Black keeps a flexible central pawn options. White has a number of sensible replies but the most common is 3. Nf3 to discourage the e5 break.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables see theory table and for notation see algebraic notation.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6

3 4 5 6
Nf3
e6
a3
d6
Nc3
g6
e4
Bg7
+/=
Nc3
e5
d5
Ne7
e4
Ng6
Be3
Bb4
d5
Ne5
e4
e6
Qd4
Bb4+
Bd2
Bxd2+
=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Georgi Orlov (1992), Black Knights' Tango, Batsford, ISBN 1879479036
  • Georgi Orlov (1998),The Black Knights' Tango: Outwit Your Opponents from Move 2!, Batsford, ISBN 0713483490
  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.