Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Benko Gambit Upset

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: White declines the Benko Gambit but his fianchetto variation does not impress. Black equalizes easily and takes the initiative. White makes a strange error for a 2000 player and Black gets a winning position. After a few back and forths, White reaches a rook and pawn endgame which he might draw, but he gets a little greedy and makes another, fatal, error.

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