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Latvian Gambit
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation (FEN)


Moves: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. Nc4 fxe4 5. Nc3 Qf7 6. Ne3
ECO code: C40
Parent: Latvian Gambit

Latvian Gambit, Leonhardt Variation[edit]

6. Ne3[edit]

White has seemingly thwarted ...d5 yet again, and is now asking the Black army how they're going to save Private Ryan on e4.

There are two options for Black: abandon e4 and make another non-developing move with 6...c6 to finally establish an iron grip over d5, or continue the charge with 6...d5, the Atars Gambit, accepting the loss of the d-pawn and saddling White with only the minor inconvenience of having to come and capture it.

It should be pointed out here that, in fact, the suicidal-looking 6...d5 is one of Black's last remaining attempts to revive the Latvian Gambit. If it doesn't work, the swashbuckling old opening will likely be tucked away on a shelf with a label "suitable only for unprepared opponents".

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