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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #7 - 12/22/19 at 10:58:18
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Gambit wrote on 12/21/19 at 18:02:08:
The heck with computers!! Use human-vs-human games!!

Yeah, Lev, we can't have amateurs like me rescuing gambits by using computers to improve on theory. Cf NIC Yearbook 67. After this publication nobody proposed 5.dxe6 fxe6 6;.cxb5 d5 7.Nc3 anymore as a refutation, thanks to the improvement 13...Bb4+ suggested by Fritz3. I'm sure you regret that.
At the other hand several GMs might have been inspired. Whose opinion shall we value more?
  

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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #6 - 12/21/19 at 21:21:00
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In the Chesslive.de database, after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5, in human-on-human games White is scoring:
(a) 68% with 3...Qf6 4.Nc4
(b) 66% with 3...Nc6 4.Nxc6 (I think 4.Qh5+ is objectively better, but in practice White often falters in the complications)
(c) 65% with 3...Nf6 4.exf5

White's overall score with 3.Nxe5 is also 64%.  So I get the impression that if White finds 3.Nxe5 then White is also doing well in human-on-human games.
  
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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #5 - 12/21/19 at 18:02:08
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The heck with computers!! Use human-vs-human games!!
  
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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #4 - 06/27/19 at 13:42:37
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The update would certainly need a different title!  Wink
  
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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #3 - 05/28/19 at 13:57:23
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Computers are much stronger now. A new edition would probably just have to say "winning for White" in a lot of the main lines.
  

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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #2 - 05/28/19 at 04:58:05
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I have a copy. From what I have seen so far, Kosten has not made any plans for an update. It is way overdue, though.
  
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Re: The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
Reply #1 - 05/11/19 at 09:03:12
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grandpatzer wrote on 05/08/19 at 14:40:34:
Is this seminal book by GM Kosten still available somewhere? Are there plans for a future edition?

That's a good question, I don't even have a copy! I don't have any plans to do another edition, I'm afraid.
  
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The Latvian Gambit Lives! by GM Kosten
05/08/19 at 14:40:34
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Is this seminal book by GM Kosten still available somewhere? Are there plans for a future edition? Thanks.
  
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