Latvian Gambit | The Refutation

Dear ChessMood Family, dear friends, welcome to the course "Latvian Gambit".

About This Course

The Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5?!) is a tricky opening to face if you don’t come to the game properly prepared.

While 2...f5 is a move that weakens the Kingside, it can also help Black to activate the Rook on f8, if they castle. And as an uncommon opening, it often surprises opponents into making early mistakes.

On a practical level, Latvian Gambit players know there are many possible moves that White must consider when responding, and that small move inaccuracy can lead Black to have a pleasant game. Additionally, without prior game preparation, White may spend a lot of time calculating moves, leaving Black with a large time advantage in the endgame.

This Latvian Gambit course will show you a concrete and simple way to gain a big advantage for White, where you don’t need to remember any long variations.

The variation we recommend in the course is a new novelty in the position that is not just easy to memorize but will give us the initiative – an important concept when fighting against gambit players that like to attack and surprise their opponents.

Move by move, we’ll show you how to refute the Latvian Gambit, the downsides of it that you can exploit, and the main tricks that Latvian Gambit players are hoping you’ll fall for.

Instead of fearing this gambit, by the end of this course, you’ll be smiling at your screen as you crush anyone that dares to play it against you.

Additional reading: You may also find it useful to click here and read our introductory article about the Latvian Gambit, which explains the history behind it and the different options that White has.


About Coach

GM Avetik Grigoryan
Name GM Avetik Grigoryan
Title GrandMaster
Rating 2568

In 2010 Avetik won Armenian National Championship and joined their national team.

After 2 years he stopped playing chess professionally and started coaching career.
Now he is the coach and the second of more than 10 GMs, co-author of video courses "Right Mood Openings", and the author of the book "Right Mood - Right Move"  which will be published soon. 

In 2018 he founded ChessMood.  

What do you think about this course?


8 months ago
8 months ago
IM David Shahinyan
7 months ago
Marc Lonoff
7 months ago
Short and sweet.