Latvian Strikes Again

Feb 2, 2012, 2:52 PM |

Hey all those Chess bloggers out there! I sometimes get an suddon urge just to play recklessly. And when you think of recklessness, you may think of the King's Gambit, sacrificing random pieces, or some other opening. But one of the most reckless openings out there is the Latvian Gambit (C40). The Latvian starts with the King's Knight opening: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3. Then black pulls out the Latvian: 2... f5. describes this opening as agressive but dubious and when here the word dubious, I automatically think of silliness, weirdness, or carelessness... just by the sound of it. So when a chess opening is described by the word dubious, it usually isn't the best opening you could play.

So as you probably guessed, I recently got a suddon urge to be reckless! Yipee! So I went onto Live Chess and played as black twice. The first time my opponent played 1. e3, so I just played 1... e5. But in my second game, I played the Latvian! The Latvian always brings up an exciting game and while I was playing this game, I was REALLY excited. This was one of the funnest games I have played for a while. One reason for that is because I have not really played to often lately, but when I did play, it wasn't really too exciting. So here is the game:

As always, the Latvian produced an exciting and fun game! I love that aspect of the Latvian, but I always seem to lose with it. That's why I like the Italian Game. Because it is secure, although the advantage does see-saw a lot.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little presentation. Please comment on the game! I would love to hear your thoughts on the play! Thanks!