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Queen's Gambit Declined

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White: John P. Pratt
Black: David R. Pratt
Date: 12 Jun 1994
Location: Orem, Utah

This game shows the power of pawns if they are simply ignored. They can march down the field and force a checkmate in a surprising manner.

1. d2-d4, d7-d5. 
2. c2-c4, e7-e6. 
3. Nb1-c3, c7-c5. Black's response is the first irregularity in the Queen's Gambit Declined.
4. Ng1-f3, Nb8-c6. 
5. Bc1-g5, Qd8-c7. 
6. c4xd5, Nc6-d8. Black's retreat was baffling. White was just breaking up the congestion.
7. e2-e4, Bf8-e7. Again White expected Black to take back a pawn.
8. e4-e5, h7-h6. White now decides to teach Black a lesson in not ignoring pawns.
9. Bg5xe7, Qc7xe7. 
10. d5-d6, Qe7-f8. A little pawn causes Black's powerful queen to cower in a corner!
11. Bf1-b5, Nd8-c6. Time to develop some more pieces, in addition to the powerful pawns.
12. 0-0, Bc8-d7. Now White's queen pawn is vulnerable, so time to attack with it.
13. d4xc5, a7-a6. 
14. Bb5-a4, 0-0-0. Now that we have both castles, it's time to move in for the kill.
15. Qd1-b3, f7-f6.Finally Black gives his queen breathing room and fights those pawns.
16. Ba4xc6, b7xc6? Taking with the bishop would have allowed his queen or rook to save him.
17. Qb3-b6! resign. Black cannot prevent 18. Qb6-c7 mate. The power of pawns!