Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Black Knights’ Tango!

Chess Openings: Learn to Play the Black Knights’ Tango!

There are many strong chess openings for black against 1. d4 including the King’s Indian Defense, Old Benoni Defense, Nimzo-Indian Defense, Slav Defense, Dutch Defense, Benko Gambit, Modern Benoni, Queen’s Indian Defense, etc. However, most of the time white is pretty well aware of the chess opening moves, chess opening ideas, and chess opening theory behind these lines/variations. What can we play against d4 to take our opponents by surprise and out of their comfort zone? How can we make it look like we made a mistake, when really, we planned it all along? In today’s video we go over the Black Knights’ Tango, (also called the Mexican Defense) which is arguably the most underrated chess opening for black against d4. The Black Knights’ Tango starts off with the following moves:

1. d4 Nf6
2. c4 Nc6

We put both of our knights out into the open, and white can make our knights dance, but that is exactly what we want. It may seem as if white can simply push their pawns down the center like crazy, gaining a huge advantage in space and activity. However, it turns out that these pawns are going to be big targets, and the white king is actually going to be the one that could get checkmated quickly. Much of the time, your opponent will see you play the Black Knights’ Tango and simply think you made a mistake. Because of this, we first cover the lines and variations in which white throws their pawns down the board like there is no tomorrow. We next cover 2. Nc3, white simply trying to avoid the strange move we just played. Lastly, we look at Nf3, which is the best option for white, but even then black is completely fine as we transpose into a Nimzo-Indian Defense/Bogo-Indian Defense system. The Black Knights’ Tango is a great chess opening for chess beginners, and a good chess opening for intermediate players as well. The chess opening theory, chess opening tricks, chess opening traps, and chess opening strategy make this opening second to none. In fact, I would call the Black Knights’ Tango a top tier chess opening for black that can help you win games quickly and improve at chess fast. We hope you enjoy learning to play the Black Knights’ Tango!

0:00 Introduction
1:10 3. d5? Time to Dance!
10:24 3. Nc3? Let’s Make This Game Crazy!
20:15 3. Nf3? Nothing to Worry About Here

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  1. As someone who loves playing offbeat and aggressive openings that force the game on my terms, this is a perfect choice! Thanks for this video. Between this and Mios series,I feel like I can learn this opening in a compotent way. It's a great pairing since the other opening I aim to learn is the alekhine!

  2. i enjoy your videos, Solomon, ty. Do you have a video on opening repertoires for each color? I'm struggling to get to 1000 rating.

  3. Wow! Another JAM-PACKED 24 and a half minutes! Thank you!

  4. Could the Grigorian Variation against b4 be akin to Alekhine’s Defense and the Black Knight Tango? Thinking about learning all three trying to tie together common principles and themes…

  5. better off learning the mikenas defense and the lituanian variation (1.d4 nc6 2.c4 e5!). Not only does black bypass 3.nf3 issues,black benefits delaying early nf6 due to h4 threats AND the unique 3.d5 bb4+ is a sound possibility as well.

  6. This is why I love this Chess Giant channel. Never heard of the black knights tango in all the years I have played, but it looks great

  7. Thank you for illuminating the black knights tango

  8. I wish I could give Mr. Chess Giant (20) likes instead of one…. Thank You for some of the most instructive videos on this platform!

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