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  1. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    19 Feb '07 01:28
    The Latvian Gambit strikes again!
  2. Standard member Diet Coke
    Forum Vampire
    19 Feb '07 01:33
    Your second win with it!

    Well done...
  3. 19 Feb '07 01:47
    Originally posted by Dutch Defense
    The Latvian Gambit strikes again!
    actually it truly sucks...
    people ONLY have success with it because of opponent unfamiliarity...
    if white can just think: ok, i am black, and he is playing king's gambit minus a tempo...
    white wins easily if he doesn't get too utterly confused by the opening
  4. 19 Feb '07 04:24
    Originally posted by rubberjaw30
    actually it truly sucks...
    people ONLY have success with it because of opponent unfamiliarity...
    if white can just think: ok, i am black, and he is playing king's gambit minus a tempo...
    white wins easily if he doesn't get too utterly confused by the opening
    Because things are always so simple...
  5. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    19 Feb '07 05:14
    Originally posted by rubberjaw30
    actually it truly sucks...
    people ONLY have success with it because of opponent unfamiliarity...
    if white can just think: ok, i am black, and he is playing king's gambit minus a tempo...
    white wins easily if he doesn't get too utterly confused by the opening
    Thread 63188
  6. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    20 Feb '07 23:13 / 2 edits
    First off, you have to know what you're doing pretty well. Second the best way (in my opinion) to master an opening is to study it really well, it's variations and buy a book on it. The book I bought is called "The Latvian Gambit Lives!" However, I wouldn't recommend this opening to anyone.
  7. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    20 Feb '07 23:19
    Originally posted by Dutch Defense
    First off, you have to know what you're doing pretty well. Second the best way (in my opinion) to master an opening is to study it really well, it's variations and buy a book on it. The book I bought is called "The Latvian Gambit Lives!"
    Old good Costen. I remember that his first book about Latvian gambit (written in 1995) have helped me very much in learning this opening
  8. Standard member Ashley Blue
    Chess Lame-o
    21 Feb '07 01:14
    I'm undefeated (6-0-1) with the Latvian on this site. I'm always tentative to play it, and usually give into my fears and play the Petroff, but I really shouldn't.
  9. Standard member Dutch Defense
    Stealer of Souls
    21 Feb '07 02:34
    Originally posted by Ashley Blue
    I'm undefeated (6-0-1) with the Latvian on this site. I'm always tentative to play it, and usually give into my fears and play the Petroff, but I really shouldn't.
    If you want a challenger, you should play the Latvian against me. I play it too and I'm also undefeated on this site with it. We'll play two games. We'll switch colors after the first game and must play the Latvian Gambit as black; just to see who's better at it.
  10. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    21 Feb '07 06:30
    Originally posted by Dutch Defense
    If you want a challenger, you should play the Latvian against me. I play it too and I'm also undefeated on this site with it. We'll play two games. We'll switch colors after the first game and must play the Latvian Gambit as black; just to see who's better at it.
    If both of you wanna be defeated in Latvian gambit, you can play it against me - I`m pretty sure that, I will get advantage in opening.
  11. 21 Feb '07 10:16
    The best reply to anyone that plays the Latvian Gambit against you is to say thank you very much.
  12. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    21 Feb '07 10:34
    Originally posted by russell chadbourne
    The best reply to anyone that plays the Latvian Gambit against you is to say thank you very much.
    ....and lose due to self-confidence
  13. 21 Feb '07 11:15
    Originally posted by Korch
    If both of you wanna be defeated in Latvian gambit, you can play it against me - I`m pretty sure that, I will get advantage in opening.
    Do you think the line is good for black?

    1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 f5
    3. exf e4
    4. Ne5

    I am sure that white gets a very strong advantage. In fact if I were a better player I would consider it a win for white!
  14. 21 Feb '07 13:14
    Originally posted by petrosianpupil
    Do you think the line is good for black?

    1. e4 e5
    2. Nf3 f5
    3. exf e4
    4. Ne5

    I am sure that white gets a very strong advantage. In fact if I were a better player I would consider it a win for white!
    I am not so sure this line is so clearly favourable for white. Equally, the other 'fun' line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 d5!? is pretty unclear. I personally gave up playing the Latvian simply because I could see no way to prevent white gaining a fairly unpleasant positional advantage through 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 (4.Nc4 fxe4 4.d3 is also good) d6 5.Nc4. There may be one or two lines here where black can just about survive with extremely accurate play, but that's hardly an attractive proposition.
  15. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    21 Feb '07 13:43
    Originally posted by Korch
    If both of you wanna be defeated in Latvian gambit, you can play it against me - I`m pretty sure that, I will get advantage in opening.
    The Latvian is almost as unsound as the Grob.

    Edit: Correction the Grob is almost as unsound as the Latvian!