Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Questionable Trades Help Decide Game

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 misses chances to get a nice opening advantage and settles for a small one. Then in the early middlegame a questionable c5 move gives Black the somewhat better chances. Two sets of questionable trades initiated by White leaves Black with a much better endgame, which he manages to convert without much trouble.

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