Do you want try to play with White the Latvian Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 against the Latvian expert John Elburg?

If so please send him an email: n.elburg@consunet.nl

 

Derecho Inaki - Elburg John [C40]
Play against John, 1999


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 Bc5
One of the most interesting lines in the Latvian Gambit!

4.Nxe5
[ 4.Nc3 b5 5.Ne4 Qe7 6.Nxc5 Qxc5 7.Qe2 Ne7 8.c3 Bb7 9.Nh4 0-0 10.Qxb5 Qxb5 11.Bxb5 Nxf5 12.Nxf5 Rxf5 13.0-0 Nc6 14.d3 d5 15.f4 Raf8 16.g4 R5f7 17.f5 h5 18.h3 hxg4 19.hxg4 Nb8 20.Be3 Bc6 21.a4 a6 22.Bxc6 Nxc6 23.Bc5 Re8 24.Rae1 g6 25.fxg6 Rxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Re6 27.Kg2 e4 28.dxe4 dxe4 29.g5 Kg7 30.Rf6 Rxf6 31.gxf6+ Kxf6 32.Kg3 Nd8 33.g7 Kxg7 34.Bd4+ Kf7 35.Kf4 c5 36.Be3 Ke6 37.Kxe4 Nb7 38.b4 Nd6+ 39.Kd3 cxb4 40.cxb4 Kd5 41.Bd4 Kc6 42.Be5 Nc8 43.Bd4 1/2-1/2 Davis,I-Elburg,J/Trainings corr. game 2002.]

4...Bxf2+ 5.Kxf2 Qh4+ 6.Kf3
[ 6.g3 Qd4+ 7.Kg2 Qxe5 8.Qe2 d6 9.Qxe5+ dxe5 10.g4 h5 11.h3 b6 12.Bb5+ c6 13.Be2= Hassenzhal - Keffler corr.1973]

6...b5!?
Much more interesting than simple 6... b6.

7.Qe2
Best! [ 7.d4 Nf6 8.Nc3 ( 8.Ke2 0-0 9.Qd3 d6 10.Nf3 Qg4 11.Kd1 b4 12.Qb3+ Kh8 13.Qxb4 Bxf5 14.h3 Qg3 15.Qe1 Qg6 16.Na3 Ne4 17.Rg1 Nc6 18.Nh4 Qf6 19.Nxf5 Qxf5 20.Be3 d5 21.Nb5 Rae8 22.Nxc7 Re7 23.Nb5 Rfe8 24.Bd3 Qh5+ 25.Be2 Qg6 26.Bd3 Qh5+ 27.Be2 Qg6 28.g4 a6 29.Qh4 axb5 30.Kc1 Nb4 31.Bd1 Rc7 32.Rg2 Nd6 33.a3 Nd3+ 34.Kb1 Nxb2 35.Kxb2 Nc4+ 36.Kc1 Nxe3 37.Re2 Qe4 38.Ra2 Qxd4 39.Rd2 Qc4 40.Rb2 b4 41.Be2 Qe4 42.Qg3 bxa3 43.Ra2 Rec8 44.Bd1 Nxd1 45.Kxd1 Rb7 46.Rd3 Qh1+ 0-1 Russell, John-Elburg John/Trainings games 2002.) 8...Bb7+ 9.Ke3!? b4 10.Ne2 Nd5+ 11.Kd2 0-0 12.Nf3 Qe4 13.Qe1 Re8 14.Kd1 Qxf5 15.Qf2 Nf6 16.Nf4 Ne4 17.Qg1 g5!? 18.Nd3 g4 19.Nfe5 d6 20.Nc4 g3 Even Fritz could not find this move! 21.Be3 Nd7 22.Be2 Ndf6 23.Bf3 Rab8 24.Nd2 ( 24.hxg3 Nxg3 25.Bxb7 Nxh1 26.Bc6 Qg4+ 27.Bf3 Qh4 28.Bd2 Ne4 29.Bxe4 Rxe4 30.Be3 Rbe8 31.Kd2 Ng3 32.Re1 Nf5 33.Nxb4 Nxe3 34.Nxe3 c5 35.Nd3 cxd4 36.Nc4 Qg5+ 37.Kd1 Qg4+ 38.Kc1 Rxe1+ 39.Nxe1 Qe6 Is even better for Black!) 24...Ng4 25.Bxg4 Qxg4+ 26.Kc1 c5 27.dxc5 dxc5 28.Nf3 Rbd8 29.Kb1 c4 30.Nde5 Qf5 31.Nxc4 Rc8 32.Nd4 Qf6 33.Na5 Nf2 34.Qc1 Be4 35.Rg1 Ng4 36.Rf1 Qb6 0-1 Sveinsson,J-Elburg,J/training game corr.1999,if 37.Nab3 Nxe3 38.Qxe3 Bxc2+ 39.Nxc2 Rxe3 40.hxg3 Qg6 41.Nbd4 Rd3 42.a3 Rxd4 43.Rf3 Rxc2 44.Ka2 Qe6+ 45.Kb1 Rxb2+ 46.Kc1 Qc4+ 47.Kxb2 Rd2+ 48.Kb1 Qc2# ]

7...Bb7+ 8.Ke3 Ne7 9.Nf3 Bxf3 10.Kxf3 Nbc6?!
[ 10...0-0[] 11.g3 Qf6 12.Kg2 Qxf5 is okay for Black.]

11.g3 Nd4+ 12.Kg2 Qf6 13.Qe4 0-0 14.Bd3 d5 15.Qh4 Qxh4?! 16.gxh4 Nexf5 17.Na3 c6 18.c3 Nxh4+ 19.Kh3 Ndf3 20.Nc2 Rf4 21.Be2 Re8
[ 21...Re4!? 22.Ne3 Rf8 23.d3 Ree8 24.Rf1+- ]

22.Bd1 Ree4 23.Nd4 Ng5+ 24.Kg3 Nf5+ 25.Kg2 Nxd4 26.cxd4 Rxd4 27.d3 Rf5 28.Re1 Kf7 29.Be3 Rb4 30.Kg3 Ne6 31.Bg4 Rf6
And the Latvian gambit does not allways win! 1-0