Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Time Once Again the Critical Factor

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: Both sides play a flexible opening but then White castles queenside and opens the a-file for the Black rook. In complications White manages to hold an equal position but ends up far behind on time. In a major piece endgame White loses his way, basically playing on the 30 second increment, and falls to accurate play by Black.

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