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

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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 Tango[edit]

2...Nc6[edit]

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 table[edit]

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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References[edit]

  • 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.