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King's Gambit

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White: John P. Pratt
Black: Gary Owen
Date: 1 Dec 1976
Location: Hill Air Force Base, Utah

This game is rather irregular, but is still an instructive example of a King's Gambit. It shows how unusual a game can become if you surprise opponents with different openings. Why always use the same dull approach?

1. e2-e4, e7-e5. 
2. f2-f4, e5xf4. 
3. Ng1-f3, d7-d5. White's first three moves are the King's Gambit.
4. e4xd5, Qd8xd5. Black exposes his queen to attack in the center.
5. Nb1-c3, Qd5-h5. Black plans to hammer White's knight.
6. Bf1-c4, Bc8-g4. White responds by preparing to castle.
7. 0-0, Qh5-c5+! Whoops, White didn't see his bishop is unprotected!
8. d2-d4, Qc5xc4. Okay, so the King's Gambit isn't very popular.
9. Bc1xf4, Nb8-c6. Here comes some unbridled pawn snatching.
10. Bf4xc7, Bg4xf3. 
11. Qd1xf3, Nc6xd4. 
12. Qf3xb7!, Nd4-e2+. Black's rook is in trouble, so he tries a check.
13. Nc3xe2, Bf8-c5+. If Black takes the knight, his queen will be pinned.
14. Kg1-h1, Ra8-d8. Black tries to minimize the damage to his lost rook.
15. Bc7xd8, Ke8xd8. White is ahead in material and position, and Black's king is exposed.
16. Ra1-d1+, Kd8-e8. Black's move is mostly forced and he is in big trouble.
17. Qb7-d7+, Ke8-f8. The curtain is about to drop on the play.
18. Qd7-d8 mate. Black's queen never got to take that unprotected knight.