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rsimmons 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Latvian Gambit 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 The latvian is an exciting game to play! If you had any played here at Gameknot feel free to share them in this forum!
jean_marc 1 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't like it...
levigun 135 ( +1 | -1 )
I've started playing the Latvian I like avoiding the Ruy Lopez as black, so if white
plays 2. Nf3, I've started responding with 2...f5. My
results so far have been mixed, to say the least. :)

I noticed that someone started a Latvian Gambit
thematic mini-tournament recently. Unfortunately, my
rating is too low to join it. Maybe I'll start one for
intermediate-rated players (1500-1800) after one of
my current mini-tournaments ends.

Here are some games I've played with the Latvian. I
realize that I'm a relative beginner with the opening,
but it seems that if white does not play accurately,
black has some great attacking chances. On the flip
side, if white does play accurately, it seems that black
is in a load of hurt, which makes the Latvian
(seemingly) a particularly dangerous gambit.

A few of my recent wins in the Latvian as black:
board #907118 board #893046 board #786149
A couple of my recent losses in the Latvian as black:
board #908458 board #903034

-Levi
chess_champion 14 ( +1 | -1 )
gambits i love all sorts of gambits including this one except that with it my results have been... lets just say terrible...
chess_champion 17 ( +1 | -1 )
actually... refering to my above statement my results on gameknot which is actually only 1 or 2 games both lost i believe. on other sites i have done 50/50 with it...
anaxagoras 18 ( +1 | -1 )
"The best thing about the Latvian Gambit is that it is not as bad as its reputation. There are a couple lines that give White a small advantage, but no more."

-Johny Hector
mattafort 56 ( +1 | -1 )
Latvian overview - at this site I have played a few Latvian games. Not lost yet.
But this is more due to lack of knowledge from by my opponents, I think.
Against an opponent WITH knowledge, black will have a hard time.

I have consulted this website with a library of Latvian Games.
The Games are sorted by moves.
www.algonet.se/~marek/lg-toc.htm

This site is also Devoted to 1. b4
www.algonet.se/~marek/
thegreatchampino 26 ( +1 | -1 )
I didn't play too well in this one, but its an interesting game. I've never been in an endgame situation like this before so thats the only reason why I am playing on.

board #508336

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squijum 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 f5 just another way to arrive in the Latvian? Or is it something entirely different? Oh, and what is the Elephant Gambit? I've heard nasty things about it.
mattafort 13 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes, it is another way Yes, it is a Latvian gambit.
same as 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 Nc6

Black can play f5 in some other openings too.
In Philidor
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5
or 3.Bc4 f5

I have tested 1.e4 d6 2.d4 f5 in a number of games.
It is not too bad.
mattafort 25 ( +1 | -1 )
About Elephant Gambit Elephant Gambit:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5?!
See this thread: gameknot.com/fmsg/chess/2205.shtml

To get that thread, I searched this Forum
for the word "Elephant"
squijum 5 ( +1 | -1 )
That looks like a terrible gambit...
loreta 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Only to put to the top....
Other treads on this subject:
gameknot.com/fmsg/chess/1831.shtml
gameknot.com/fmsg/chess/1898.shtml
gameknot.com/fmsg/chess/1928.shtml
olympio 24 ( +1 | -1 )
levigun i'd just like to say that most gambits are as you described..

if the accepting side plays accurately he should win.. if he does not.. the otherside has attacking chances usually as a result of rapid developement or radical control of some area of the board
bogg 48 ( +1 | -1 )
A funny Latvian Gambit story Many years ago, back in the 70s, Andrew Karklins came to Omaha, Ne. and played in a tournament. In one of his games he decided to play the Latvian Gambit against a local A player as 'nobody' knew the Latvian Gambit back then. He was very surprised by the fact the the local A player knew it better than he did. I guess he forgot that Omaha is only a hour down the road from Lincoln, where the Latvian Gambit magazine had been published for years!
sodiumattack 18 ( +1 | -1 )
The Keres line: 3. Bc4 fxe4 (3. ... d6 is the Philidor) 4. Nxe5 Qg5, and white's going to sacrifice his king's rook after 5. d4 Qxg2 6. Qh5+ g6 (6. ... Kd8?? 7. Nf7! and mate in a few moves) 7. Bf7+ Kd8 8. Bxg6 and have a winning attack.