October 1, 2009

Latvian Gambit

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Latvian Gambit. It includes 2 chess videos (Video 1: Latvian Gambit - Main Variations | Video 2: Latvian Gambit - How to Play), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download, see and learn real games on Latvian Gambit.

The Latvian Gambit lesson is divided into the next 3 parts:
I. Latvian Gambit: Data and Variations
II. Latvian Gambit: How to Play the Main Lines
III. Latvian Gambit: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games


I. Latvian Gambit: Data and Variations

Latvian Gambit Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5
ECO Codes: C40 - ECO Code C40 is not only Latvian Gambit

About Latvian Gambit

Latvian Gambit is an attemp to play King's Gambit for Black. It is an Open Game opening. Latvian Gambit is aggressive but risky for Black. Usually, it is not recommended for Black to play Latvian Gambit. There were attempts to prove that the gambit is mistaken. However, Latvian Gambit is still alive...

Some chess players intentionally play it to get both the position complicated and the opponent confused. Sometimes it works... The grandmasters avoid this opening. For White, the best answer in Latvian Gambit is 3.Nxe5! As a rule, the White position is better. Latvian Gambit has 6 main variations...

Latvian Gambit Main Variations:

• Main Line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 (C40)
Note: Most common for 70-80% of all the Latvian Gambit Games.
• Leonhardt Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 (C40)
• Fraser Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 (C40)

• Svedenborg Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 d5 (C40)
Note: As beginner, you are not recommended to play Svedenborg for Black.
Note: See below the Latvian-Gambit.pgn file: How to Play,"Instead of Svedenborg."
• The 3.exf5 Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 (C40)
• The 3.d4 Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 (C40)

To learn Latvian Gambit and its main variations, see Video 1: Latvian Gambit - Main Variations by clicking the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


II. Latvian Gambit: How to Play the Main Lines

You may learn the main variations of Latvian Gambit. To see them, use Video 2: Latvian Gambit - How to Play; which is below. To see Video 2: Latvian Gambit - How to Play, click the Play button below:




• If the opening video has not shown up, please wait a little.
• If the video stops, drag a little right the player's handle.


See in writing the Latvian Gambit variations, which were shown in Video 2:

• Latvian Gambit, Main Line:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Be2! Qf7 7.Nc3 Bf5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f3! Ng4

• Latvian Gambit, Leonhardt Variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5! Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qg6 6.d3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 d5 9.Ne5 Qf5 10.dxe4 Qxe4+ 11.Be2 Nf6 12.0-0 c6


III. Latvian Gambit: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games

Below you can find and download the Latvian-Gambit.pgn file to see how Latvian Gambit works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the Latvian-Gambit.pgn file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Latvian-Gambit.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play some of them.
• In addition, the file includes 16 real games played in 2008-2009 on Latvian Gambit.
• The real games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 1691-2462.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The real games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., White will be better at 0.83 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To see how Latvian Gambit works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Latvian-Gambit.pgn File (10 KB)


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