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White: Bob Garn
Black: John P. Pratt
Date: 8 Nov 1976
Location: Hill Air Force Base, Utah

This game is an example of how one must be looking for a surprise checkmate at any time, even when one's queen is being attacked! It is also a great example of the opponent helping one develop his pieces and even unwittingly set up a checkmate.

1. e2-e4, e7-e5. 
2. g2-g3, Ng8-f6.  
3. Bf1-g2, Bf8-c5. This opening may have a name, but I don't know it.
4. Nb1-c3, d7-d6. 
5. d2-d3, h7-h6. 
6. Bc1-e3, Bc5xe3. Black cannot allow such a strong position for the white bishop.
7. f2xe3, Nf6-g4. Black immediately moves in to the broken castle.
8. d3-d4, Ng4xe3. 
9. Qd1-f3, Ne3xc2+. Black is encouraged to move his knight, so he forks the king and rook.
10. Ke1-d1, Nc2xa1. 
11. Ng1-h3, h6-h5. Black prepares to pin the queen with his bishop.
12. Kd1-d2, Nb8-c6. White defends and Black needs to develop pieces.
13. Rh1-f1, Bc8-e6. White threatens checkmate and Black defends.
14. Nh3-g5, Nc6xd4. White attacks the protecting bishop, so Black attacks the queen.
15. Qf3-f2, Qd8xg5+. The White queen cannot protect the knight.
16. Kd2-d3, Na1-c2. Or 16. K-d1, Bg4+ ; 17 K-e1, Na1-c2+ wins queen.
17. Nc3-d5, 0-0. Black doesn't want to trade off the bishop so he defends.
18. Nd5xc7, Ra8-c8. White attacks; Black appears to be saving his rook.
19. Nc7xe6, Nc2-b4 mate. White forks queen and rook, but Black checkmates the king! Black unwittingly helped Black develop his rook.