Blitz Chess #367: Black Knights’ Tango

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Black Knights’ Tango by transposition. Black offers up some space in exchange for a defined pawn center and some dark square play. There is a little waiting game in the opening with both sides not wanting to castle too early. If white does castle early, it is possible for white to come under some king pressure with fishing pole-like ideas, hence why black too doesn’t castle as the rook on h8 may play a role. As it was, one side castled not at all in the game, whereas another did and had to endure a fair amount of pressure despite being a pawn up. Who would crack first in this messy game out of the Black Knights’ Tango?

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1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. c4 Ng6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bc5 7. Nge2 d6 8. h3 a6 9. a3 Ba7 10. b4 h6 11. Bd2 Nh5 12. g3 Qf6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. fxe3 Qf3 15. Kd2 Nxg3 16. Nxg3 Qxg3 17. Qe2 Qh4 18. Rag1 O-O 19. Qg2 Kh7 20. Ne2 Rg8 21. Ng3 Ne7 22. Qf3 f6 23. Nh5 Bd7 24. Rg2 Raf8 25. Rhg1 g6 26. Ng3 Qxh3 27. Rh1 Qg4 28. Qf2 Rg7 29. Rxh6+ Kxh6 30. Rh2+ Qh5 31. Nxh5 gxh5 32. Be2 Rg5 33. Qh4 Be8 34. c5 Rfg8 35. Qh3 f5 36. exf5 Nxf5 37. e4 Nd4 38. Qc8 Bb5 39. Bxb5 axb5 40. Rf2 Rxc8

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  1. Instead of crappy 7..d6, Black should have played 7..Ng4, with practicaly decisive advantage. It's basic stuff in the Black Knight's Tango.

  2. can u make a video of practising to know which team stands better? I play games and i dont know if i am better or not…

  3. Last time I was this early jerry still played on chess cube

  4. As always very instructive video Jerry love the content keep it up dude your going places πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

  5. why is that opening called the black knights tango

  6. Hey Jerry, please respond! Huge fan here πŸ˜€

  7. FYI: In the description to videos of this type you'll find a brief description about the game played. Feel free to read it, at your own risk, …before or after viewing the game. πŸ˜€

  8. you could have considered injecting the move a5 when you played Bd7, Rf8.

  9. It looks like you were going Kingscrusher style!

  10. that first game had some real fireworks. it's too bad it had to come down to time, would've liked to see what could have come out of it!

  11. heart skipped a beat when you didn't take the Queen!

  12. The messy ending! The clock was indeed your friend this game! Congrats on the win Jerry πŸ˜‰

  13. Ugly game but really instructive! Sometimes you gotta be more aggressive: going for f2 early on; not worrying about defense on the kingside and instead attacking the queenside later on. Not so good game but great video πŸ™‚

  14. I saw the Rh2 defense but thought it was losing due to just Bxh3? Rxh3 leads to mate in 1. Maybe the comp sees the resulting open h-file a bit of an issue down the line for black. On another note: It's fun to see you playing this line! This is one of my go-to lines for black against 1. e4, and I've had nice results against it. But after 1. e4 Nc6 d4 e5 white should take dxe5. Nxd5 now f4! And the play is awkward for black.

  15. Also: The lesson about the g6-knight was very valuable for me (and maybe for you, from your comments about it). It's so hard to come to the conclusion that of all the possible squares for the knight, g6 is best, defending the kingside with the help of the f7-pawn.

  16. One time is understandable (hanging queen), twice?

  17. Should've taken the pawn with the light squared bishop at move 17

  18. Hey Jerry, your videos are awesome keep up the great work. Just a quick question Which screen recording software do you use to make your videos?

  19. On move 11, I would have played 11… Nh4. 12. 0-0 and 12… Bxh3 is interesting toΒ explore. Also interesting is 12… Qd7 followed by 13… Nxg2.

  20. This is the Nimzovich Defense–Linkspringer Variation. Played often by the late, great Tony Miles, I've used it many times myself to win games over the internet. A very underrated opening for Black.

  21. 7.Nge2 was a mistake. You should have played 7…Ng4 instead of 7…d6, and white is basicaly lost. If 8. 0-0 then 8…Qh4 is wining the game.

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