The day Fischer was to play Pupols in the evening, they were all together in the home of Aleks Liepnieks where the older guys were playing poker. When Viktors Pupols would drop out of a poker game, he played blitz vs Fischer, beating Bobby repeatedly with the Latvian Gambit. Viktors told him that he would play the Latvian that night vs Bobby in their tournament game. Fischer did not believe him and continued to study the Ruy Lopez and Giuoco Piano all day long.
In the Larry Parr book Viktors Pupols: American Master, we read that Viktors said, "Bobby lost more Latvian Gambits that afternoon than in all the rest of his life!"
[My Philidor 2.Nf3 Playbook includes the Latvian Gambit]
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