Adventures in Latvia

Adventures in Latvia

Mar 4, 2017, 5:40 PM |

I never been in Latvia, however today I was "invited" to play the Latvian Gambit in a 30 minute game.

  1. e4 e5
  2. Nf3 f5

It has been a wild ride, I won but the game seems like an interminable puzzle as described by a dutch GM:

What is required to play the Latvian Gambit with any degree of success is a sharp eye for tactics and a mental attitude of total contempt for whatever theory has to say about it.

— Paul van der Sterren, Fundamental Chess Openings

Indeed, the Latvian gambit is one of the most aggressive, although dubious, opening in Chess for Black.


The game is below and some puzzles of the game after it.


White to play below after 18..... Qxb2 (I missed the best move):