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Exciting Morra Gambit Declined

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 gets a strong opening but then overplays his hand with a speculative Classical Bishop Sacrifice (Greek Gift). His follow-up is weak and Black is just ahead a piece. White tries for counterplay against the exposed king and Black plays inaccurately, allowing sufficient compensation. Then Black misses a chance to return some material, allowing White to find a pretty pseudo-sacrifice that can't be accepted or declined, and Black's position quickly crumbles to ruins.

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