Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
How Can I Lose This Game?

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 . 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 plays a rare line in the Exchange Slav and ends up a tempo down in a Gruenfeld Exchange Variation. Despite an inaccuracy or two, White soon develops an overwhelming game with superior development. White ends up with an endgame bind and can win as he pleases so long as he does not fall into the one pattern that would allow Black not only to allow Black to escape, but also win.

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