Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Reader Questions about his game Answered

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 transposes into a Benoni and uses and opening finesse to take advantage of a questionable Black move order. Then White, misunderstanding the "pointing rule" and unaware of Larry Kaufman's "redundant knights" idea (http://www.danheisman.com/evaluation-of-material-imbalances.html ) allows Black to trade off an awkward knight and achieve equality. White sends in several questions which I get to answer as the game unfolds.

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