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Black's Center Cashes In

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: An unusual queen's pawn opening transposes into a type of London System. White allows Black an extra central pawn, which eventually turns into more space for Black. White's attempt at kingside play is not justified and quickly fizzles. Black makes a nice breakthrough pawn maneuver to get a dangerous passed pawn on the queenside. White is unable to defend accurately, his position collapses, and Black wins easily.

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