Sunday, January 26, 2014

Two Knights Tango Checkmates

Developing your knights quickly in a chess game is a good thing, but if you ONLY move your knights, that is risky, especially as Black. Over 20 years ago Georgi Orlov wrote a book entitled "Black Knights Tango" on 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6. Orlov revised it for a 2nd edition in 1998. This is often called the Two Knights Tango. Since I often play 1...Nc6 as Black, this provocative opening set-up is very familiar to me. In fact, I rather like it.

In a game vs BigDaddyThumos, I played only my Black knights for the first 4 moves, but I castled by move 8. My opponent's king got caught in the center when he made pawn moves for 6 or his first 8 moves. This left him very vulnerable to tactics which cost him a pawn and soon his king. White resigned on move 19 in the face of checkmate in one.

BigDaddyThumos (1770) - Sawyer (1955), 3 0 u Internet Chess Club, 31.03.2013 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.d5!? [This is an attempt to punish Black for not playing a pawn. More common positions are reached after 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 and 4...Bb4 or 4...d5] 3...Ne5 4.f4 Ng6 [Black can just grab the pawn, although White gets a big pawn center in a blitz game. 4...Nxc4 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 e6=/+] 5.Nc3 e6 6.e4 Bb4 7.Bd3 exd5 8.cxd5 0-0 [8...Qe7] 9.Qb3?! [This drops a pawn because White's king is still in the center. 9.Nf3 Re8 10.0-0 d6=] 9...Bxc3+ 10.Qxc3 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Re8 12.Ne2 [12.Qd3 Qe7 13.Ne2 Qxe4-/+] 12...Rxe4 13.Qf3 Qe8 14.Kf2 d6 15.Bd2 [Though down a pawn, White can play on with 15.Nc3 Re7-/+] 15...Nh4 16.Qh5 [If 16.Qd3 Bf5-+] 16...g6 17.Qxh4 Rxe2+ 18.Kf3 Qe4+ 19.Kg3 Qd3+ White resigns 0-1

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  1. Last move, instead of Qd3+, there was Qxg2# :p

    1. Very good. I saw a mate two and you found a mate in one! Excellent!!


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