If you were to play the "devil's advocate", could you justify this opening (Latvian Gamit)?

kingdamian1

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So this opening is called the Latvian Gambit. Can you find ANY justification for it? Is it immediately terrible move?

catdogorb

The king's gambit is objectively pretty bad. White struggles to equalize, and often doesn't even try, accepting objectively worse positions on purpose for the sake of an initiative, or at least for the sake of a highly chaotic position.

The Latvian is the KG a tempo down... and takes, I don't know, an hour to learn how to refute.

So no... I can't justify it.

If your opponents are low rated, then it's fine I guess.

kingdamian1

I find this opening funny

MitSud
Played against it plenty of times, being a person who knows 0 theory I just play the best move that pops into my head
MitSud
Usually works
kindaspongey

Awhile ago, Kosten wrote The Latvian Gambit Lives!.

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627060512/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen30.pdf

Nunn commented on the book in Secrets of Practical Chess (2nd Ed.).

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708094733/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/secprac.txt

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708110907/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review580.pdf