Tango Tactics

The following games offer solutions to the "Tango Tactics" puzzle page, and great training for anyone who wants to make the Black Knights Tango (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6) a weapon. The games are offered without notes, but the PGN file is below for those who want help from a computer to understand various sidelines.

P Collier - Yermolinsky Alex [A50]

New York op (01) 1993


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. d5 Ne7 5. e4 Ng6 6. Bd3 Bc5 7. Nge2?

This may be the best known "trap" in the Tango.










7... Ng4 8. b4

8. O-O Qh4 9. h3 Nxf2 10. Rxf2 Qxf2+ 11. Kh1 O-O

8... Nxf2 9. Qb3 Nxd3+ 0-1


Sherer - Goeller [E33]

Blitz:5'/Kenilworth, NJ


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 d6 7. Qc2 e5 8. e4 O-O 9. d5 Ne7 10. Bd3 Ng6 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. O-O Nf4 14. Rfd1

 

 

14... Nxg2!

a) 14... Bh3!? 15. Ne1 (15. gxh3? Qg6+ 16. Kf1 Qg2+ 17. Ke1 Qxf3 ) 15... Qg6 16. Bf1 Bd7 (16... f5!? 17. Kh1 Bg4 18. f3 fxe4!? 19. fxg4 Nxd5) 17. Rab1 b6

b) 14... Qg6 15. Nh4 Qg5 16. g3 is less conclusive.

15. Kxg2?

a) 15. Bf1 Nf4

b) 15. Nd2 Nf4

15... Bh3+ 16. Kxh3

16. Kg1 Qg6+

16... Qxf3+ 17. Kh4 g5# 0-1


Glenn C Flear - Viktor Bologan [E33]

FRA-chT poule haute/Belfort (11) 2004


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qc2 d6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bd2 e5 8. d5 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 Ne7 10. e4 Nh5 11. g3 f5 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Bd3 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 O-O 15. Qe2 Qe8 16. O-O-O b5 17. Nd2

17. cxb5 Qf7

17... bxc4 18. Ne4 Rb8 19. Rhf1 Nf6 20. Nxf6+ Rxf6 21. Qxc4 Qb5 22. Qe4 Qc5 23. f4 Rf7 24. Rf3 Rbf8 25. Rfd3 exf4 26. gxf4 Nf5 27. Kb1 Re7 28. Qf3 Qc4 29. Rc1 Nh4 30. Bxg7 Re1 0-1


Conover Wayne - Yermolinsky Alex [A50]

It (open)/Philadelphia (USA) 1993


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. d5 Ne7 5. e4 Ng6 6. g3 Bb4 7. Bg2 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 d6 9. Ne2 b6 10. O-O O-O 11. Bg5 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Nc1 Qe7 14. Nb3 f5 15. exf5 Bxf5 16. Qe2 Rae8 17. Be4 Qg5 18. f3 Nf4 19. Qd2 Bxe4 20. fxe4 Qg4 21. Kh1 Nh5 22. Qe3 Rf6 23. Rxf6 Nxf6 24. Nd2 Qh5 25. Re1 Rf8 26. Qe2 Qxe2 27. Rxe2 Nd7 28. Kg2 Nc5 29. Nb3 Na4 30. Rc2 g5 31. h3 h5 32. Nc1 g4 33. hxg4 hxg4 34. Nd3










34... Rf3 35. Nf2 Rxc3 36. Rxc3 Nxc3 0-1


H Spiller - Orlov Georgy [A40]

It (open)/Los Angeles (USA) 1991


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. d5 Ne7 5. e4 Ng6 6. Be3 Bb4 7. f3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 d6 9. c5 O-O 10. g3 Nd7 11. cxd6 cxd6 12. Bd3 Qa5 13. Ne2 Nc5 14. Bc2 f5 15. O-O fxe4 16. fxe4 Bh3 17. Rxf8+ Rxf8 18. Qd2










18... Qxa2 19. Rb1 Qxb1+ 0-1


Jens Enevoldsen - Alexander Alekhine [E33]

Buenos Aires 1939


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bd2 e5 7. d5 Bxc3 8. Bxc3 Ne7 9. Nh4?! Qd7! 10. g3 Qg4 11. Qb3 Ng6 12. f3 Qd7 13. Ng2 O-O 14. e4 Qd8 15. Ne3 Nd7 16. Qc2 a5 17. Bg2 Nc5 18. O-O Bd7 19. b3 b5! 20. Rad1 b4 21. Bd2 Qb8 22. Rb1 a4 23. h4 Ne7 24. g4 axb3 25. axb3 Ra3 26. h5 Qb6 27. Kh2 Rfa8 28. Rb2 c6 29. f4 exf4 30. Rxf4 Ra1 31. dxc6 Nxc6 32. Nd5 Qd8 33. Be3 Qh4+ 34. Bh3 Ne5 35. Bxc5 dxc5

35... Nxg4+

36. Qf2










36... Rh1+ 37. Kxh1 Qxh3+ 0-1


Eliashoff/Kahn V/Ros - Alexander Alekhine [E33]

Nice 1938


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 Nc6 5. e3 e5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 O-O 8. Nf3 d6 9. Be2 Bg4 10. Bb2 Qe7 11. O-O Na5 12. Qa4 b6 13. Rfe1 c5

13... e4

14. Rac1 Rac8 15. d5 Ne4 16. Qc2 f5 17. Rcd1










17... Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Nxc4 19. Bxe4 fxe4 20. Qxe4 b5 21. Bc1 Rf6 22. Qb1 Qd7 23. e4 Rcf8 24. f3 Rg6 25. Kh1

 

 

 

25... Rxf3 26. Qc2 Qg4 27. Rg1 Rh3 28. g3 Qf3+ 29. Qg2 Rgxg3 0-1


Zhu Chen (2538) - L Christiansen (2566) [A50]

US-China Summit/Seattle USA (4) 2001


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. d5 Ne7 5. g3 Ng6 6. Bg2 Bc5 7. e3 O-O 8. Nge2 a6 9. O-O d6 10. Bd2 Bd7 11. Rb1 b5 12. b4 Bb6 13. a4 bxc4 14. a5 Ba7 15. b5 axb5 16. Nxb5 Bf5 17. Ra1 Bc5 18. Nec3 Bd3 19. e4 Qd7 20. Re1 Rfb8 21. Qa4 Ng4 22. Be3 Nxe3 23. fxe3 h5 24. Bf1 h4 25. Bxd3 cxd3 26. Kg2 hxg3 27. hxg3 d2 28. Re2 Qg4 29. Rh1










29... Nf4+ 30. exf4 exf4 31. Rxd2 Qxg3+ 32. Kf1 Qf3+ 33. Ke1 Qxh1+ 0-1


Mark Schwarman - Georgi Orlov [A50]

NWC October op/Seattle 1992


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. f4 e6 4. Nf3 d5 5. e3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 a5 7. a3 Bxd2+ 8. Nbxd2 Ne7 9. c5 Nf5 10. Bd3 Ng4 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Nf1 b6 13. h3 Ngxe3 14. Nxe3 Ng3 15. Qc2 Nxh1 16. Nf1 h6 17. g4 bxc5 18. dxc5 Qf6 19. Qh2 Rb8 20. Ne5 Qh4+ 21. Kd1 Nf2+ 22. Kc2 Nxd3 23. Nxd3 Ba6 24. Ne5 Qe7 25. Qf2 Rb5 26. b4 Bb7 27. Nd3 Qf6 28. Ne5 axb4 29. a4 b3+ 30. Kc3 Ra5 31. Nd2 d4+ 32. Kxb3 Bd5+ 33. Ndc4 Rxc5 34. Rc1 Rb8+ 35. Ka3 Qe7 36. Ka2

 

 

36...Rxc4 37. Nxc4 Qb4 38. Qc2 Bxc4+ 39. Ka1 Qa3+ 0-1


Arturo Pomar Salamanca - Dirk Daniel Van Geet [A50]

Hoogovens/Beverwijk (10) 1967


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. d5 Ne5 4. e4 e6 5. f4 Ng6 6. Bd3 exd5 7. cxd5 Bb4+ 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Nge2 d6 10. f5?! Ne5

Black has complete control of the dark squares even if he is a little cramped.

11. Bg5 c6!?

11... h6 12. Bh4 Bc5 (12... g5!?) 13. Qc2 Neg4

12. a3 Bxc3+

12... Bc5! 13. b4?! Bf2+! 14. Kf1 Neg4 15. Qc1 h6

13. Nxc3 Qb6!

13... h6 14. Bh4 Qb6

14. Be2 Re8 15. Bxf6 gxf6 16. Qd2










16... Bxf5!! 17. exf5 Nc4 18. Qd3

18. Qf4 Ne3 19. Qg3+ Kh8 20. Rb1 Rg8

18... Nxb2!

18... Ne3!?

19. Qg3+ Kh8 20. Rb1 Re5 21. Rf1

21. Nd1 Rxe2+ 22. Kxe2 Qb5+

21. Kf1 Rxf5+

21. Kd2 Qd4+ 22. Kc2 Re3

21... Rae8 22. Rf3?

22. Rf2 Qd4! 23. Rxb2 Re3

22... Qg1+ 23. Rf1 Qd4! 24. Rf3 Re3 25. Rxe3 Rxe3 26. Qxd6 Nd3+ 27. Kd2 Nc5+?!

27... Nf4+! 28. Ke1 Kg7!

28. Ke1 Qxc3+ 29. Kf1 Kg7 30. dxc6 Ne4?!

30... bxc6

31. cxb7 Nxd6 32. b8=Q Ne4 33. Rd1 Qc2! 34. Qb5 Nc3 35. Qc4 Qxe2+ 36. Qxe2 Rxe2 37. Rd7 Ra2 38. Rxa7 Nb5 39. Ra5 Nxa3 40. h3 Ra1+ 41. Kf2 Nc2 42. Rc5 Ra2 43. g4 Nb4+ 44. Kg3 Rc2 45. Rb5 Nc6 46. Rb3 Nd4 47. Rb7 Rc3+ 48. Kh4 h6 49. Rb1 Rf3 50. Rh1 Ne2 51. Rh2 Nf4 52. Rh1 Kf8 53. Rh2 Ke7 54. Rh1 Kd6 55. Rd1+ Ke5 56. Re1+ Kd4 57. g5 Ng2+ 0-1

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