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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 . 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 plays the opening passively allowing Black to immediately equalize. After a series of not-best moves by both sides, White not only gives Black a kingside pawn majority, but allows castling of opposite sides with a dangerous king position. White understandably tries to counter-attack queenside, but a clever (and rule-breaking) queenside pawn move by Black makes it clear that Black will carry the day, which he nicely does.

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