Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Bishop Pair Wins

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: In the opening Black willingly gives up the bishop pair and is OK. But then a series of inaccurate moves eventually costs him a pawn. White, the higher rated player, slowly untangles and eventually offers a "trade or retreat" queen move that ensure a pawn-ahead endgame. With the bishop pair and extra pawn his technique makes it look rather easy.

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