Chess Openings: Latvian Gambit

The Latvian Gambit is one of the most aggressive gambits in chess and many top players find it quite dubious. For the rest of us though, it has great results for black and can really catch a white player off guard.

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  1. For a video of this gambit you didn't say what happens if white takes the damn gambit pawn on move 2 on F5 😂 its what stockfish

  2. I don't think this follows Greco's opening plan for the Latvian Gambit – Greco may have been the master that best popularized this opening.

  3. After black goes queen to h4, and white instead of retreating the king, goes pawn g3, attacking the queen and blocking. What’s the best black follow up?You only covered assuming white retreats.

  4. Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Bc5 4.exf5 Bxf2+ 5.Kxf2 Qh4+ 6.Kg1 Qd4# is not check but checkmate.

  5. I'm stuck at like 1300 now I'm gonna start using this

  6. At the 4:50 mark you made an understatement by saying the black queen could move to D4 forking the white knight while checking the White King. Actuallythat is checkmate as there is nothing blocking black's attack/check is there?

  7. If king to F6 why not queen to H4 so he moves and you get queen behind the pin?

  8. why wouldnt white just move his pawn to g3 after the queen checks on h4?

  9. Check the comments to make sure everyone else saw the accidental checkmate

  10. Im a latvian myself and heard about this gambit and wanted to learn it

  11. what should I do if pawn E4 takes my pawn on F5

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