Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Exciting Opening and Endgame

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: Black falls into a losing opening sacrificial tactic but White, playing too fast, settles for just regaining his sacrificed piece instead of obtaining a winning attack. Then the game settles down into a middlegame where Black has an extra couple pawns but there are opposite colored bishops. Things heat up in the endgame as the active white king helps set up a mating attack. But then, just as Black blunders and allows White's attack to come to fruition, White again plays too fast, misses his big chance, and unceremoniously loses.

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