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Improve Your Chess: Typical Amateur Loss After Up a Piece

Opening: D91: Grunfeld

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National Master Dan Heisman is a name that is synonymous with excellence in chess coaching and teaching. Dan authors the award-winning Novice Nook column (winner of three Chess Journalists of America "Best Instruction" awards), aimed at improving adults, for chesscafe.com that are clearly written and offer very practical advice and tips on how to improve your game. More info about Dan can be found here. In the new Improve Your Chess series, Dan provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve.
 

Today's show: Black surrenders the center and White gets a nice lead which he doesn't keep. Instead White eventually loses a piece to a pin. Then Black makes a counting mistake during exchanges, where he could have gone up a rook, staying a piece up instead. White doesn't consolidate well and allows Black a speculative exchange sac to try to draw. White can still win but misses a difficult, beautiful, win, then plays quickly and throws away the draw, too by allowing a basic skewer.

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