135 ( +1 | -1 ) I've started playing the LatvianI 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
56 ( +1 | -1 ) Latvian overview - at this siteI 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/
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.
13 ( +1 | -1 ) Yes, it is another wayYes, 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.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) About Elephant GambitElephant 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"
5 ( +1 | -1 ) That looks like a terrible gambit...
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
24 ( +1 | -1 ) leviguni'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
48 ( +1 | -1 ) A funny Latvian Gambit storyMany 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!
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.