Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Bold Sacrifice Should Have Won

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: After a fairly equal opening, White erroneously allows Black to close the center and gain space. After White plays the proper pawn break, Black sacrifices a piece for two pawns and a strong attack. The play becomes complicated with both sides missing instructive chances, especially Black. Eventually Black wins back some material but must allow a draw; however he goes the wrong way with his king and loses a piece to stop mate. White then finally wins easily with his extra rook despite Black's several extra pawns.

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