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Greco's CG
Compiled by fredthebear
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This circus of Fredthebear has undergone changes. A few holdovers remain, but most have returned to Bulgaria, Romania and the Old Homeland. The jugglers are done with their act here. It's the land of the C40's.

Thank you SciTech.

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Latvian Gambit
1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 f5!?

Also known as the Greco Counter-Gambit, this rather shocking move is an attempt by Black to grab the initiative and lead the game quickly into unknown territory, much like its cousin the Elephant Gambit. It can be quite effective, especially against an unprepared player, and over the years has accumulated quite a body of theory as it undergoes sporadic revivals. It takes the form of a King's Gambit with colours reversed, and therefore with White enjoying an extra move when compared to normal King's Gambit lines. This makes it very dangerous for Black, with one slip often costing the game.

White's main options are whether to capture one of the offered pawns, or stick to development.

3.exf5
This is regarded as the main line. White accepts Black's challenge, capturing the gambit pawn on f5. A typical continuation is: 3...e4
4.Ne5 Nf6
5.Be2 d6
6.Bh5+ Ke7
7.Nf7 Qe8
A complex tactical position arises, in which Black has lost the right to castle, but in return has obtained a strange and complex position in which a White player who does not know his theory can easily go astray.

An interesting and not well-known way to decline the gambit is give on Garry Kasparov's chess home page: 3.Nc3!? Usually the gambit is declined by 3.Bc4!? 3...fxe4
4.Nxe5 Qf6
5.Ng4 Qg6
6.Nd5! White seems to be doing well here, with threats of Nxc7+ which are difficult to deal with.

The Latvian Gambit is not currently regarded as sound enough for a grandmaster to play in a serious match, but it makes frequent appearances at lower-ranked tournaments.

Links
http://www.kasparov.f2s.com/latvian...
An excellent resource on the Latvian Gambit can be found at the home page of an enthusiastic amateur called Marek Trokenheim: http://www.algonet.se/~marek/lg-toc...

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qf6? La Bourdonnais Gambit (C40) 1-0 Corner N#!
S Sokolov vs I Semenov, 1987 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

$The oldest Latvian Gambit: Greco Var (C40) 0-1 Good blog notes
Polerio vs G da Cutri, 1590 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk Poisoned Pawn (C40) NN had a chance!
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

Greco plays the Greco Counter-Gambit and mates on f2!
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Greco Variation (C40) 0-1 Dovetail Mate
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Greco Var (C40) 0-1Discovered+ wins the loose Q
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted (C40) 0-1 Corrections in the notes
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

the "Chess Players' Chronicle", volume 7, p 369-370.
F Slous vs W Bone, 1835 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Latvian G. /Giuoco Pianissimo. Lucchini Gambit(C50) 0-1 P mate
M General vs Dubois, 1850 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 0-1

Elephant Gambit: Paulsen Countergambit (C40)1-0 Q vs 2Rs ending
Morphy vs Paulsen, 1857 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

1.e4 e5 2.h3 d5 (C20) 1-0 Kside attack
Morphy vs NN, 1848 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

1.e4 2.h3 d5 (C20) 1/2-1/2 Pawn fork tactics
V Green vs R Brien, 1856
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Long range pieces reign against exposed royalty
A Mathiassen vs S Sorensen, 1862 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40) 0-1 kNights bite
A F Ludvigsen vs S Sorensen, 1872 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Def (C40) 0-1 Black flashes his Ns
B Sorensen vs G F Nielsen, 1873
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted (C40) 0-1 Q sac to open g-file
NN vs M Klark, 1873 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Def (C40) 0-1 Anything but ordinary
A Winding vs S Sorensen, 1874 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense 3.Nxe5 Nc6 (C40) 0-1 Masterful!
H Ruben vs S Sorensen, 1876 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Def (C40) 0-1 Mutual Kside attacks
Von Marlozan vs Prince Dadian, 1876 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

Spanish Schleimann Def. Jaenisch G. Acptd (C40) 0-1 Full devel
Schlezer vs Chigorin, 1878 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit 3.Nxe5 Nf6 4.Bc4 Qe7 (C40) 0-1Smashing Sac attk!
H Ruben vs S Sorensen, 1879 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

W fianchetto backfires; exchanges allow B to rob the pin
Dubois vs G De Koucheleff, 1880 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Kside play
Blackburne vs G Chamier, 1885 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mason CG (C40) 1-0 Self-pin; remove defender
[game 1029148 deleted]

Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit 3.d4 fxe4 (C40) 1-0
D M Martinez vs W Pollock, 1889 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit (C40) 0-1 Pile on the pin
D G Baird vs Blackburne, 1898 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted (C40) 0-1 See blogger links
Lasker vs R L Sze, 1910 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: General (C40) 1-0 Smothered Mate Mini
Kranzle vs Krause, 1939 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Overworked
Alekhine vs P Braumann, 1940 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Leonhardt Var (C40)1-0 2 big threats
Smyslov vs M Kamyshov, 1945 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Pressure on W
Fine vs L Persinger, 1945 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 0-1 VP 1 of a kind
Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Main Line (C40) 1-0 The B pin is next
E Roethler vs L Klavins, 1957 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40) 0-1 WARNING! WARNING!
B King vs W Baker, 1958 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 0-1

White nabs overworked pawn, Black offers Q sac to expose pin
M Kloss vs E J Diemer, 1959 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit (C40) 1-0 Keep developing new pieces w/threats
J S Morgado vs J C Torres, 1967 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Rousseau G / Latvian G (C50) 1-0Unique semi-smoth
H G Gunderam vs A Grava, 1970 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 9 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit Mayet Attack 3.Bc4 Poisoned P(C40) 1-0 Dbl R Sac
P Atars vs H Tomson, 1973 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mason CG (C40) 1-0A rare NN miniature win in 6!
NN vs Cornelissen, 1974 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mason CG (C40) 0-1 Typical Q+ & fork LPDO B
M Duppel vs P Rouzaud, 2001 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 8 moves, 0-1

Owen Defense/Hippo (B00) 1-0 longer decisive game w/no captures
R Nuber vs R Keckeisen, 1994 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Robatsch, K Pawn Fianchetto (B06) 0-1 Hippo w/2 exposed K's
D Ebeling vs T Vedrickas, 2013 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B06) 1-0 Surprise!
J Arnason vs Pribyl, 1987 
(B07) Pirc, 15 moves, 1-0

Czech Defense: General (B06) 1-0 Pile on the pin
R Djurhuus vs Kramnik, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Czech Def. (B07) 1-0 Two sets of doubled pawns are often fatal
P J Sowray vs R S Mitchell, 2013 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 1-0

Pirc Classical Quiet System Czech Def (B08) 1/2-1/2
L Christiansen vs S Taulbut, 1978 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

KP Game: Busch-Gass Gambit (C40) 1-0 The Krejcik queen trap
J Krejcik vs Baumgartner, 1914 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

P-K4 Busch-Gass Gambit (C40) 1-0 Greek gift w/uncommon finish
R Gralla vs M Amini, 2010 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

KP Game: Busch-Gass Gambit. Chiodini Gambit (C40) 0-
J W Baird vs E Busch, 1906 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

P-K4 Busch-Gass Gambit. Chiodini Gambit (C40) 0-1
C Schulz vs U Gass, 1972 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: General 3.Nxe5 Nf6!? 4.Be2 fxe4 (C40) 1-0
A Gilfillan vs I McNab, 1994 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 44 moves, 1-0

The immune knight becomes a real problem C40 1-0 28
Sid Ali Gheroufella vs D Salim, 2000
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation 7.g4!? (C40) 1-0
L Pospisil vs A Baran, 1977 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40) 1-0Simul tour
Fischer vs R Nickel, 1964 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40) 1-0 Gain time
P ten Hacken vs Nobbe, 1982 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 His own style
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

The open f-file is a decisive highway for Black
F Bernsdorfer vs W Hasenfuss, 1937 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

White must reconsider his exchanges
A Hariman vs P Mary, 2000 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

Game Changer Pin: 22...Bb6 and 23...Nde5 robs it
B Kovacevic vs D D Milutinovic, 2008 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

EG: Black has outside majority & White runs out of moves
R J Sutton vs M Wojnar, 2006 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Counter fails
Yudasin vs J Sloan, 2000
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Gain time on Q
L Steiner vs Tartakower, 1928 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 65 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 R Decoy to B-Q#
E Steiner vs F Apsenieks, 1928 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40) 1-0
Rublevsky vs E Maljutin, 1991 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40) 1-0
G Laderchi vs J Malmstroem, 1997
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Stockfish
Mayet vs W Hanstein, 1837 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 20 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Stockfish
Dubois vs Count Kushelev-Bezborodko, 1858 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 0-1 pinned pawn
S Wellington vs Blackburne, 1862 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bronstein Attack (C40) 1-0Outnumbered
G Lane vs M Wojnar, 2006 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 20 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bronstein Attack (C40) 1-0 N sac, pin
P Littlewood vs Kindermann, 1978 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bronstein Attack (C40) 1-0 DB UNLOADS
Bronstein vs V Mikenas, 1941 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bronstein Attk (C40) 0-1 Batteries b
H Kloss vs E J Diemer, 1959 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Clam Gambit 3.d3 (C40) 1-0
Tringov vs M Trajkovski, 1993 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit 3.Nxe5 Qe7 Greco Variation (C40) 1-0 Pinned B
S Roa Alonso vs L Suarez Prieto, 2001 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Leonhardt Var (C40) 1-0 Some Cntrplay
Korchnoi vs F Destrebecq, 1979 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 51 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Leonhardt Var (C40) 1-0 Q&N Invasion
P Lapiken vs A Kraus, 1961
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 20 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Leonhardt Var (C40) 1-0 Correspond
J S Morgado vs A Saavedra, 1967 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mason CG (C40) 1-0 Beautiful fork or mate
Romanishin vs H C van Riemsdijk, 1979 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mason CG (C40) 0-1 PK wins his last Latvian G
Vassaguron vs Keres, 1972 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 48 moves, 0-1

White re-deploys too often; Black exchange sac finalizes!
C A Young vs D Lemoir, 1999
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit (C40) 0-1 Blazin' h-file
J W te Kolste vs Spielmann, 1925 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit (C40) 1-0 bad trade
E Kemeny vs S Mlotkowski, 1904 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack (C40) 0-1 Notes by Blackburne
Gamman vs Blackburne, 1869  
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack (C40) 1-0 Correspondence
Jekabs Laipenieks vs H Kalnins, 1929 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 20 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Poisoned P (C40) 1-0 hidden secret
D Moody vs Les LeRoy Smith, 1982 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack. Poisoned P (C40) 0-1
L Muller vs Keres, 1934 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Poisoned Pawn Var (C40) 1-0 Corres
J S Morgado vs G Solis de Ovando, 1967
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack. Polerio-Svedenborg Var (C40) 0-1!
Cabrol vs D Gedult, 1974 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack. Polerio-Svedenborg (C40) 0-1REPLY
R Kobs vs P Hammer, 1987 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Strautins Gambit (C40) 0-1Stockfish
J K MacDonald vs J A Diani, 1971 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 14 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Strautins Gambit (C40) 0-1 try 5Nc3
Kulesenko vs Matvienko, 1973 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Strautins Gambit (C40) 0-1 Corr cra
Siegers vs O L Purins, 1971 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Strautins Gambit (C40) 0-1Corr Q tr
R Schwibbe vs P Atars, 1971 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attk. Poisoned P 4...Qg5 (C40) 1-0 Dbl R
O Borik vs I Novak, 1969 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack. Poisoned Pawn Var (C40) 1-0 Corr
J Hempel vs C Priede, 1970 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Central sacrifices can be productive, but not here
T Pym vs G J Dannenberg, 2006 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit 3.d3?! (C40) 1-0 Black had a queenside advantage
M Cornette vs O Ajibola, 2017 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit 3.Ng5? (C40) 0-1Capture or develop a different U
D Tobor vs W Stamer, 1984 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Def (C40) 0-1 Four on the 3rd to Mate
NN vs Keres, 1940 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40) 1-0 sting in the tail
Duras vs A Neumann, 1903 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40) 0-1 Notes by Stockfish
Capablanca vs E Corzo, 1901 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40) 1-0 Correspondence
R H Steinmeyer vs W F Baker Jr, 1959
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: General (C40) 0-1 N+ fork missed Fredthebear
W Widmeyer vs S Mlotkowski, 1904 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Accepted (C40) 0-1 Correspondence Double Attack
M Callinan vs J Hempel, 1970 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Mayet Attack Polerio-Svedenborg Variation 4...d5 5.Qh5
M Gemignani vs N Hammar, 1973 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: General (C40) 0-1 Fireworks!
Carapelli vs F Young, 1874 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

Petrov's Defense d3, Bg3 (C43) 0-1 Greco-like Kside attack!
C Peptan vs J Jackova, 2004 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 23 moves, 0-1

"Korespondence Sahs Latvija 1877-1944" (Liepaja 2005) pp. 80-81
Stockholm Vasa Club vs Riga Senior Club, 1934 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 1-0 Smashing R~
G A Thomas vs Tartakower, 1926 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack. Polerio-Svedenborg Var (C40) 0-1
R Schuermans vs A Capitaine, 2000 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit: Fraser Def (C40) 1-0 Bb5 pin is decoy for Nxc7+
Moreno vs Padula, 1980 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

O Roething vs W Moorman, 1909 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 0-1

Three Knights Opening: Winawer Def (C46) 1-0 Pin & Pawn #
A W Ryder vs G Walcott, 1913
(C46) Three Knights, 13 moves, 1-0

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