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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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

20 Favorite Chess Posts of 2013

Happy New Year 2014! This is a revised post for 1/1/2014 with updated numbers as of May 2017. Here is my top 20 Favorite Chess Blog list for the year 2013. I wrote a total of 366 posts on this blog during the year 2013. Many of those posts have been deleted. Only the most popular posts remain on my blog. Enjoy!


1876. Famous Trap: Hastings h-file Mate in Ruy Lopez

1401. Roman Dzindzichashvili and the Scotch Gambit

788. Battle of Petroff Defence Repertoire Book Ideas

706. Book Review: Dark Knight System James Schuyler

469. Carlos Avalos Teaches Me Lesson

468. You Take a Shot at King, Make Sure You Kill Him

453. Luis Ledesma French Defence Sawyer

429. Jeremy Katz Best French Alapin Gambit

383. Larsen's Opening 1.b3 with Hastings h-file Mate

382. Alternative Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Von Popiel


367. Leisebein vs Quinones Blackmar-Diemer

329. Emil Josef Diemer Wins His Last Gambit Game

325. David Hutchings in BDG Bogoljubow

273. Petroff Fighting Cochrane Gambit

243. John Niven Scandinavian Defence

230. My 150 Attack Stephen Ashby Pirc

229. Geoffrey Coleman in BDG Vienna Hara-Kiri 5.g4

228. BDGer Quinones + Thoughts on Scheerer

219. BDGer Jorge Quinones vs Litos Polbete

217. Experiment in Schliemann Gambit

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