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Introduction

This transposes to a much analyzed line in the Latvian Counter-Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4!?), where best is probably 3....d6! leading to one of Black's best lines in the Philidor Countergambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Bc4) if White plays the aggressive 4.d4. The latest analysis by Tony Kosten, published in The Latvian Gambit Lives! and Winning with the Philidor, and James West, published in two editions of The Philidor Countergambit, suggests that these lines are quite playable for Black. I present some of the main lines to give you a sense of the play here and urge you to purchase these excellent books if you wish more fully to understand this extremely complex variation.

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Introduction
A) Unusual Moves
B) Poison Pawn Variation
C) Strautins Variation
D) Blackburne Variation
E) Svedenborg Variation
F) Philidor Countergambit
Dimock Theme Tournament
Annotated Games
Links & Acknowledgements

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