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Latvian Gambit (Openings) Paperback – June 1, 1995


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  • Series: Openings
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (P) (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805039031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805039030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Published in 1995, this 140 page volume tackles the advantages and disadvantages of 1.e4 e5, 2.Nf3 f5!? Considered a King's Gambit with colours reversed, White can get in trouble real early if care is not taken. This is not the most solid defence in the world, but it's fun to play and fits my style of 'what they dont know WILL hurt them'. 13 Chapters on the various lines played are given, so it's not lacking in study by any means. I've always enjoyed Tony Kosten's books and this one is no exception. Buyer Beware though: if you're not prepared to venture into uncharted waters then you may find this book a waste of your time. For the rest of us, who occasionally grow tired of facing the Spanish or Guioco Piano, or using the Sicilian, French, Caro-Kann, Philidor, Petroff or the Modern defences, it's well worth the effort.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gqwy01a@prodigy.com on January 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Latvian Gambit is the sort of kooky opening about which minor masters love to write creepy little pamphlets. Well, the author is no minor master (he's a GM, in fact) and this is no creepy little pamphlet, but, rather a carefully prepared monograph on an opening so amusingly bizarre as to put one in positions that are a world apart from ordinary chess.
The book got me interested in playing this opening in casual games, and, believe me, I always have a great time, win, lose or draw (and there aren't many draws). I don't remember why I bought this book originally. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that I couldn't think of anything else to do with my money. What a terrific surprise!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By david peel on December 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Kosten provides much new analysis in this book and goes along way in correcting previous faulty analysis in this opening.Unfortunately some lines have clearly been lifted from data basis without being scrutinised and are wrong.Similarly some suggested lines are wrong as computer checking demonstrates.e.g. 12--kd7 p60 loses.In addition some lines are not given proper weight of analysis.e,g. 4d4 p64 is close to a refutation of Blacks play Nevertheless the book is a must for players of the Latvian.
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By Egils on October 4, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Brilliant and serious analysis !
Chess is developing and popularity of gambits as for any product is bond by cycles
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I bought this book out of curiosity about how playable an opening the Latvian Gambit is.The answer is:it's risky but worth trying.The book gives extremely in-depth analysis.The only minus is that some of the evaluations are a bit vague.
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