Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Imbalanced Game with Instructive Points

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 plays the rare 4...Qe7 vs the Scotch and then blunders with 5...Qb4? but White misses an instructive winning idea. Later Black misses 14.Qxa7 but White plays passively and allows Black chances. White continues to miss not-so-obvious attacking ideas and the game remains double-edged. Finally Blacks erroneously sacrifices a pawn to open White's kingside, but White can capture with check, and from there the attack is strong and decisive.

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