Chess Openings: The provocative Black Knights' Tango
What you'll learn
- Nc6 as a weakness provocation tool in the Opening
- How to provoke weaknesses in general and exploit them
- Understanding the importance of pawn structures
- Understanding strategic bishop exchanges to amplify weaknesses on a certain colour complex
- Grandmaster game examples of the opening theory in action and how it relates to middlegames and endgames
- The Mexican defence to 1.d4 - which runs often 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6
- Strategies for creating great Kingside attacks based on earlier weakness provocation
- The Nimzovich defence to 1.e4 with an aggressive dark square strategy
- For the super-lazy you can "Reverse Tango" and use 1. Nc3 with White with many of the ideas in reverse!
- Knows the basics of playing Chess
The Knights' Tango System Chess Opening when played with the Black pieces has actually several different names:
The Black Knights' Tango
The Mexican Defense
The Two Knights' Tango
The Kevitz–Trajkovic Defense
The strategy can be used potentially against both 1.e4 and 1.d4.
Against 1.e4 the legendary British Grandmaster Tony Miles used 1...Nc6 with great results - a near 60% win rate with the black pieces over 95 games. This makes Nc6 one of his best openings with Black against 1.e4.
Against 1.d4 the sequence :
actually scores 31% according to one major online database has over 635 games making it one of the top 5 scoring choices for black in their database of games.
In fact, a similar reverse strategy can be used with the White pieces with Nc3 which has a lot more different names - possibly one of the most different names openings in chess! :
The Dunst Opening
Van Geet Opening
Queen's Knight Attack
Queen's Knight Opening
Knight on the Left
(in German) der Linksspringer
With the White pieces, FIDE CM Kingscrusher has used Nc3 on the first move with the same kind of knight's provocation strategy with huge success in recent years in online chess winning many tournaments with it.
The use of an early Queen's Knight knight move creates a novel and exciting chess opening with black pieces that will take your opponent out of standard opening theory. It can often end up provocating irreversible weaknesses in the opponent's position because pawns are the only pieces on the chessboard that cannot go backward.
By nature of its pawn provocation, the opening shares some similar concepts to the Alekhine defence. This provocative opening has been used with great success by FIDE CM Tryfon Gavriel aka "Kingscrusher" especially at faster time controls which are now commonplace in Chess due to the recent lockdown. There are some major exponents of the Tango system after 1.e4 Nc6 such as British Grandmaster Tony Miles who used the opponent with great results to win with the black pieces. In some databases, Miles has up to 58% win rate with black for 95 games on record which is a great percentage to have with the black pieces.
Online chess has never been so popular and a repertoire designed around faster time controls is "fit for purpose" more in the current circumstances. Recent stats show Chess to be one of the most popular games streamed on Twitch. So having Chess skills for online chess can lead to a potential chess streaming career!
The "Tango" of this system is quite often the knight which transfers itself provocatively from c6 to e5/e7 to g6. The Knight's Tango from one side of the board to the other often has the benefit of provoking weaknesses in the opponent's pawn structure which can be exploited later tactically. Pawns in chess once provoked to move to reflect irreversible decisions. Pawns are the only pieces on the chessboard which you cannot reverse the move of. And thus when using a provocative opening, you sometimes provoke the opponent into irreversible weaknesses which they need to make sure cannot be exploited or emphasised in some way.
One way of emphasising weaknesses created is often to employ a dark square strategy. This involves trying to exchange off strategically the bishop on f8 for White's dark-squared bishop. After such a bishop exchange, it is often then possible for the Knight on g6 to come to a very aggressive f4 square which knockout blows to the opponent's king become far more likely. Along with this plan, there are often fast time controls in particular ideas of delaying castling k-side trying to wait for an unsuspecting opponent to routinely castle k-side when sometimes the h-pawn can also be used to assist a knight on f4 with a very direct attack.
The principles of working with a potential space disadvantage that makes this work better for black as a system usually involve training off dark-squared bishops and trying to show that with the space of the opponent comes responsibility for handling the resulting weaknesses. Space itself is a responsibility and burden, which the Knight's tango of this system often inflicts onto the opponent.
FIDE CM KIngscrusher has made a specific recommendation against 1.d4 of first having Nf6 played and then later Nc6 which is more commonly known as the "Mexican defence". Statistically, even in master games, this defence has had very good results in online databases. Although a smaller sample size than other moves, it has a greater percentage of wins than many other moves. So it makes it an effective and dangerous surprise weapon of choice.
If you are looking for a novel and exciting opening that does in fact have a good reputation statistically, then the Knight's Tango related systems can be a great weapon of chess. Huge fun and great results are something we all want from our chess openings in general :)
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to intermediate chess players looking for an interesting chess opening to surprise Opponents
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C). Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 3 marathons so far. In the other two, top 50 finishers. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love chess tactics and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller since near inception here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are Paul Morphy, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Mikhail Tal. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :)
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses, I like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents. I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. As an example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)