Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Amateur Game Won by Positional Play

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: Passive play by White allows Black to equalize. Then White makes an anti-positional move which gives Black the opportunity to make White's bishop bad. Black consistently pounds on this theme, trading pieces til he gets to a knight vs bad bishop endgame. One bad White move allows Black to lock White's pawns on the same color of the bishop and the rest of the game plays itself.

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