Tricky openings are a double-edged sword. For about 10 years from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, I played many sharp gambits to trick or swindle people. Usually it worked like a charm. My rating generally went up as I won more than I lost. When playing White, my choice of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit was particularly effective. I defeated many class A players, experts and some masters. However as Black, playing risky chess can lead to the occasional ugly loss, especially if one does not play it accurately. The secret is to learn lessons from losses that become wins later in life.
In the Latvian Gambit Black usually has the option of playing ...f5xe4 fairly soon. That was prevented by John G. Coriell when he chose 3.exf5 in our game from the 10th US Correspondence Chess Championship in 1990. Unfortunately for me, I foolishly experimented with the 5...d5? line. Back then it seemed like just another playable option. Nowadays we know that it is not good. Black must play 5...Be7 or the standard 5...d6. This was another example of me losing a game a Latvian Gambit due to my poor play.
Coriell (1910) - Sawyer (2065), corr USCCC 10P05, 27.11.1990 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 e4 4.Ne5 Nf6 5.Be2 d5? [The main line is 5...d6 6.Bh5+ Ke7 7.Nf7 Qe8+/-; but Black might do better with 5...Be7 6.Bh5+ Kf8+/=] 6.Bh5+ Ke7 7.Nf7 [7.d3!+-] 7...Qe8 8.Nc3 c6 [8...g6 9.Nxh8 gxh5 10.d3+-] 9.Nxh8 [9.d3!+-] 9...Qxh5 10.Qxh5 Nxh5 11.g4 Nf6 12.Rg1 Nbd7 13.f4 exf3? 14.d4 Ne4? 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Kf2 Kf6 17.Bf4?! [Correct is 17.Re1!+-] 17...c5? [Black might wiggle out with 17...g6! 18.Rae1 Kg7 19.fxg6 hxg6 20.Rxe4 Kxh8 21.Kxf3+/= and Black has a bishop and a knight for a rook and two pawns.] 18.Rae1 Nb6? 19.Be5+ 1-0
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