Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Tricky Opening, Simple Tactic

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 an unusual gambit but misses a fourth move which would keep his advantage normal. Instead a series of small errors adds up to a queenless middlegame with White down a pawn. White tries to create counterplay but Black's solid play is more accurate. Finally White allows a removal-of-the-guard tactic and resigns, although he could have forced Black to find one more accurate move before the demise.

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