Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Complicated Endgame Played Too Fast

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 falls into a trap in the opening and loses a pawn. He then questionably trades into an endgame but gets some play. Although lower rated, Black slowly outplays White and gets an advantage. White then has the option of trading into a very complicated king and pawn endgame. Instead of taking time to figure it out, both sides go headlong into the complications. However, once in the endgame, they decide not to calculate any of the complications and play quickly, amounting to host of missed opportunities. Black finally wins, but the instructive lines both sides made no attempt to calculate are the story.

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