Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Trading When Losing

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: Both sides rattle off some theoretical moves but then, as so often happens in amateur games, one side goes awry but the other side thinks it is still book and does not take advantage of the error. Then another double blunder still leaves the game even. After a brief flurry an equal endgame occurs but White thinks he has set a trap, when instead he loses a pawn. Finally the biggest error of the game occurs when White can stay in a rook and pawn endgame down a pawn but possibly defendable and instead trades into a dead lost king and pawn endgame - which he loses.

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