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Re: Tango positions
Reply #6 - 09/21/06 at 09:47:59
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In as much as 1. d4 Ktf6 ; 2. c4 e6 ; 3. Ktc3 Bb4 ; 4. Ktf3 Ktc6 and 3. Ktf3 Ktc6 cross over you have a point, but the critical Main Line 2. ...Ktc6 ; 3. Ktc3 e5 is independant and so the whole thing belongs in the "Daring Defences" hotch-pot.
  
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Re: Tango positions
Reply #5 - 09/20/06 at 18:07:23
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P.S. This thread is in the wrong section. It should be moved to "Daring Defences" 


Should it really? I thought it belonged to the Nimzo/Bogo complex.
  

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Re: Tango positions
Reply #4 - 09/20/06 at 15:52:42
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[quote author=IMJohnCox link=1158614351/0#2 date=1158752658]Some people think 3 Nc3 e5 4 d5 Ne7 5 h4 is a very critical line, of course.[/quote]

Interesting. I would have thought that it would be premature to play h4 before Black has committed his Knight to -g6. But it seems that Black's only other method of developing his K-side is to transpose to the KID, after which White can try to continue ramming his h-pawn up the board with 5. ...g6 ; 6. e4 Bg7 ; 7. Be2 intending 8. h5 or go for a Sämisch set-up with f3, Be3, Qd2, g4 etc. This makes sense since there aren't really any standard Sämisch lines in which Black plays ...Ktc6, ...e5 and ...Kte7. 
What are your views on these "transpositions" ?

P.S. This thread is in the wrong section. It should be moved to "Daring Defences"
  
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Re: Tango positions
Reply #3 - 09/20/06 at 12:01:11
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Thanks for the feedback. 

I think I will buy Palliser's book.
  

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Re: Tango positions
Reply #2 - 09/20/06 at 11:44:18
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Some people think 3 Nc3 e5 4 d5 Ne7 5 h4 is a very critical line, of course.

I would say that in general the Tango leads to a good mix of strategic and tactical problems. Black isn't overly reliant on forced tactical lines in the opening, but he is often reliant at some stage in the game on making his piece play work. Richard Palliser's book on it is excellent - have a look at that and make up your own mind.
  
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Re: Tango positions
Reply #1 - 09/19/06 at 16:36:50
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Well, I do believe the Tango meets your requirements, since it is both dynamic and has a sound positional basis. If you like to manoeuvre, it should suit you. But of course the opening is only the opening and most variations can be played in completely different styles.

These are the most important White options :

- 3. Ktc3 is the Main Line and most critical (also the main reason I prefer my own defence 1. d4 e6 ; 2. c4 Ktc6). Play continues 3. ... e5 ; 4. d5 Kte7 ; 5. e4 Ktg6 and now White has the aggressive 6. h4  or the more restrained 6. a3 d6 (6. ...a5 ; 7. Rb1 Bc5 ; 8. b4 is good for White) ; 7. g3 which leads to an Old-Indian type position where White has played the modest a3 but Black has committed himself to Ktg6 a bit early.

- 3. Ktf3 e6 ; 4. a3 gives Black the choice between 4. ...d5 with an original QGD-type position and 4. ...d6 which again leads to Old-Indian-type lines. For example, 5. Ktc3 Be7 ; 6. e4 0-0 ; 7. Be2 Re8 ; 8. 0-0 Bf8 ; 9. Re1 e5 ; 10. d5 Kte7. This time, White has the a3-tempo for free, but Black has more flexibility for his pieces.

- 3. Ktf3 e6 ; 4. Ktc3 Bb4 transposes to the Nimzo-Indian Zürich Variation. It's not particularly critical, but Black must play accurately to avoid disadvantge.
  
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Tango positions
09/18/06 at 21:19:11
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Hi there,

I am a 2100+ Fide rated  thinking of taking up the Tango. I am mainly a positional player, but I do enjoy dynamic positions, but shun wild risky play. What kind of positions does the Tango lead to? I know is is hard to generalize, but are the positions predominatley sharp and tactical or are they more strategic in nature?
  

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