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Pratt Gambit Declined

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White: John P. Pratt
Black: Dave Wolford
Date: 13 Aug 1976
Location: Hill Air Force Base, Utah

This games illustrates the difference between playing for an endgame by snarfing up pawns, and focusing on winning with what material is left.

1. e2-e4, e7-e5. 
2. Ng1-f3, Nb8-c6. 
3. Bf1-c4, Bf8-c5. 
4. b2-b4, Bc5-b6. This gambit uses the same queen knight pawn as the Evans Gambit.
5. Bc1-b2, d7-d6. The Pratt Gambit fianchettos the bishop rather than c2-c3 as in Evans.
6. d2-d4, Ng8-f6.  
7. d4xe5, Nf6xe4. Black knows that White will trade queens if given a chance.
8. 0-0, 0-0.
9. Qd1-e2, d6-d5. 
10. Bc4-d3, Nc6xb4. Black finally takes the gambit pawn.
11. Bd3xe4, d5xe4.  
12. Qe2xe4, Nb4-d5. White gets revenge for having lost his king pawn.
13. Nb1-d2, Rf8-e8. White is now fully developed.
14. Ra1-d1, Bc8-e6. 
15. Qe4-h4, Qd8xh4. Black accepts White's offer to trade queens.
16. Nf3xh4, Ra8-d8. Both sides are fully developed and equal in material.
17. Nd2-f3, Nd5-b4. Black's pawn chasing will be his downfall. White has better things to do.
18. Nf3-g5, Rd8xd1. 
19. Rf1xd1, Be6xa2. Black gets his pawn. Is he satisfied?
20. e5-e6, Ba2xe6. No, Black can count on him wanting any pawn offered.
21. Ng5xe6, f7xe6. If Black took with the rook, he would lose with R-d8+.
22. Rd1-d7, e6-e5. That's a heroic little pawn.
23. Nh4-f5, g7-g6. Another Black pawn tries to defend as best it can.
24. Nf5-h6, Kg8-f8. If 24 ... K-h8. Then 25 R-d8, Rxd8. 26 Bxe5 mate at least wins rook.
25. Rd7-f7 mate. The other choice would have been better!