Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Smooth OTB win by Black

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 plays the opening passively and Black equalizes but misses several chances to get advantage with the break ...e5-e4. Then White impetuously moves e3-e4, opening up the center before he castles, and Black very nicely punishes his play. White is able to force the trade of queens but Black nevertheless cleverly sacrifices a piece for a winning attack. Although Black does not play it perfectly, he plays it well enough and achieves a winning endgame, which he finishes cutely with a couple of nice tactics.

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