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Danish Gambit Accepted

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White: John P. Pratt
Black: Mike Vernon
Date: 12 Jun 1979
Layton, Utah

This game demonstrates the unbridled power of the Danish Gambit when unleashed. If Black plays conservative defense, he should win, but most people don't do that!

1. e2-e4, e7-e5. 
2. d2-d4, e5xd4.  
3. c2-c3, d4xc3.  
4. Bf1-c4, c3xb2. White trades off two pawns for a very powerful development.
5. Bc1xb2, Nb8-c6. White now has the classic Danish Gambit position.
6. Ng1-f3, Bf8-b4+. It's hard to avoid the temptation to check, but can be disastrous as it is in this game.
7. Ke1-f1, Ng8-h6. Why not 7....Ng8-f6.? Because once before that had led to 8. e4-e5, Nf6-e4. 9. Bc4xf7+, Ke8xf7. 10. Qd1-d5+ destroying the castle, winning the knight, and the game shortly afterward. So Black is trying to use his knight to protect that precious king bishop pawn.
8. Bb2xg7, Rh8-g8. Black didn't notice the long range bishop attack!
9. Bg7xh6, Rg8-g6. Black is determined to drive the bishop away.
10. Bc4xf7+, Ke8xf7. The dreaded bishop sacrifice strikes anyway! It is common in the Danish Gambit.
11. Qd1-d5+, Kf7-e8. This powerful queen move often makes the sacrifice pay off.
12. Nf3-g5, Rg6xg5. White threatens mate, so the rook puts a stop to it.
13. Bh6xg5, Nc6-e7. Black scrambles to protect queen and king.
14. Qd5-e5, Ke8-f7. White threatens Q-h8+ to win the queen.
15. Qe5-f6+, Kf7-g8.Again Black avoids Q-h8+, losing the queen.
16. Bg5-h6, resign. Black can only avoid checkmate by moving his knight and forfeiting his queen and then his knight.