Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Calm Opening Becomes Fun Imbalanced Game

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: My opponent plays a calm opening but eventually sees the chance for a speculative piece sacrifice. I defend well and the game becomes equal, but then White tries a second speculative sacrifice, getting several pawn and an attack for a rook. I see that trying to hold on to all the material is very dangerous, so I return some of the material to go into an endgame where I am technically behind in material but actually just winning by force.

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