Chess Opening Theory/1. e4/1...e5/2. Nf3/2...f5

Latvian Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)
Moves: 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5
ECO code: C40
Parent: King's Knight Opening

Latvian GambitEdit

2...f5!?Edit

The Latvian Gambit is sometimes known as the Greco Counter Gambit. The Latvian Gambit is one of the most vocally disagreed-about openings in chess. Depending on whom you read, Black has either lured White into a minefield of tricks and traps leading almost inevitably to a violent death, or given away a free pawn.

Theory tableEdit

For explanation of theory tables, see theory table and for notation, see algebraic notation.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5!?

3 4 5 678910111213141516
1 d4
fxe4
Nxe5
Nf6
Be2
d6
Ng4
Be7
=
2 Bc4
fxe4
Nxe5
Qg5?!
d4!
Qxg2
Qh5+
g6
Bf7+
Kd8
Bxg6
Qxh1
Ke2
Qxc1
Nf7+
Ke8
Nxh8+
hxg6
Qxg6+
Kd8
Nf7+
Ke7
Nc3
Qxc2+
Ke1
d6
Nd5+±
...

...

...

d5!

Qh5+
g6
Nxg6
hxg6
Qxg6+
Ke7
d4
e3
Bxe3
Qd6
Bg5+
Kd7
Qf7+
Ne7
=
3 Nc3
fxe4
Nxe5
Qf6
d4
exd3
Nxd3
c6
+/=
4 exf5
e4
Ne5
Nf6
Be2
d6
Bh5+
Ke7
+/=
Main Line 5 Nxe5
Qf6
d4
d6
Nc4
fxe4
Nc3
Qg6
+/=

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ReferencesEdit

  • Nunn's Chess Openings. 1999. John Nunn (Editor), Graham Burgess, John Emms, Joe Gallagher. ISBN 1-8574-4221-0.