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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: In a relatively quick time-control game, White secures a normal opening advantage but makes a mistake on move 14 that gives Black good play. An uneven tussle ensues, with Black missing chances to sacrifice the exchange. Both sides make understandable inaccuracies, but White is on the defensive. Finally on move 22 White misses the best defense and Black finds the crushing refutation. Faced with loss of material, White tries a desperate sacrifice, but when Black defends, White is left in a lost position and resigns.

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