Taking Out The Trash Refutations

My favorite chess.com hero has posted another "useful" instruction - how to find "a risk free position" playing against Latvian gambit.

His instruction has one major problem - it has too many "holes" e.g. opponents moves which may take any >2000 player by surprise. For example after 3.Nxe5 he gives only 3...Qf6, ignoring moves which any White player must be aware - 3...Nc6 and 3...Nf6. White has advantage after these moves too, but - he must know how! Also after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. d4 d6 5. Nc4 fxe4 6. Nc3 Qg6 7. f3 he considers only 7...exf3, despite of fact that White must be prepared to play against 7...Nf6 and 7...Be7 too.

I would like to offer much safer and better way to play against Latvian, which was dissussed in chess.com forums too and recommended by IM pfren.


  • 3 years ago


    In Hebrew we have an expression - "the jealousy of authors will increase wisdom". 

    I actually like these strong guys street-fighting over chess ideas! The public can only watch and learn. 

  • 3 years ago

    NM Pacifique

    I have issues with persons pretending to be better than they actually are and misleading others.

  • 3 years ago


    I do love it when people slag each other off like this. You two are the Ivanov and Lilov of chess.com.

  • 3 years ago


    Good instructional article.

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