Gambit Lines win in the Latvian Gambit
Oct 27, 2011, 2:56 AM 3
Gambit Lines win over Team Serbia in 31 moves using the Latvian Gambit. This is a line in the Fraser Variation, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6!? 4.Qh5+g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 (Introduced in 1873 by the Scot G.B.Fraser) that remained unrefuted in the Latvian Gambit. For the moves that were like dynamites, here is again ACDC's TNT featuring Gambit Line's game in the Milner-Barry Gambit and the Latvian game against the Serbian Group.
According to this article, The Latvian Revisited - Part I, the only hope for Black lies in the line 6..fxe4 and whether or not Black has sufficient compensation for the exchange after 7.Nxh8 d5 is a moot point. After 6.Qh3 fxe4 7.Nxh8 d5, White has several lines like 8.Qb3, 8.Qe3, 8.Qh4 and 8.Qg3. White's strongest line is 8.Qg3! not allowing Black to play ..Bg7. Even then Black is not without chances: 8.Qg3 Qe7 9.Bb5 Bg7 10.Ng6 hxg6 11.Qxg6+ Kd7 12.a4 a6 13. Bxc6+ Kxc6, black has a lead in development, 14.Ra3 Be6 15.Qg3 Ng4 16.Rc3+ Kb6! The monarch walks away with nonchalance to settle down at a7. If White plays carelessly with 17.h3? Black responds with 17… Be5! The White queen is trapped. After 8.Qg3, Nd4 is also an interesting line.
In our game, the Serbian Group moved 8.Qg3! Qe7 9.Ng6. Gambit Lines strategy in the game was to develop fast and bring out all pieces in the attack. On the 20th move, white gave up its queen but still winning in materials. White's queenside remained undeveloped until its 23rd move, but it was too late.