Blitz Chess #367: Black Knights’ Tango

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was the Black Knights’ Tango by transposition. Black offers up some space in exchange for a defined pawn center and some dark square play. There is a little waiting game in the opening with both sides not wanting to castle too early. If white does castle early, it is possible for white to come under some king pressure with fishing pole-like ideas, hence why black too doesn’t castle as the rook on h8 may play a role. As it was, one side castled not at all in the game, whereas another did and had to endure a fair amount of pressure despite being a pawn up. Who would crack first in this messy game out of the Black Knights’ Tango?

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1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. c4 Ng6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bc5 7. Nge2 d6 8. h3 a6 9. a3 Ba7 10. b4 h6 11. Bd2 Nh5 12. g3 Qf6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. fxe3 Qf3 15. Kd2 Nxg3 16. Nxg3 Qxg3 17. Qe2 Qh4 18. Rag1 O-O 19. Qg2 Kh7 20. Ne2 Rg8 21. Ng3 Ne7 22. Qf3 f6 23. Nh5 Bd7 24. Rg2 Raf8 25. Rhg1 g6 26. Ng3 Qxh3 27. Rh1 Qg4 28. Qf2 Rg7 29. Rxh6+ Kxh6 30. Rh2+ Qh5 31. Nxh5 gxh5 32. Be2 Rg5 33. Qh4 Be8 34. c5 Rfg8 35. Qh3 f5 36. exf5 Nxf5 37. e4 Nd4 38. Qc8 Bb5 39. Bxb5 axb5 40. Rf2 Rxc8

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