Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
Following and not Following Principles

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: The players transpose into a Benoni and then Black neglects to break with ...b7-b5 or ...e7-e6. Instead he volleys his knight between e5 and d7 several times. Finally White allows a "overworked piece" tactic that costs him a key pawn. Later Black is able to use his superior position to win a second pawn but then, for some reason, gives it right back. As a final mis-step, Black allows his king to be cut off so that there is no chance of making progress. White, down a pawn, makes a fairly secure fortress and Black, shorter on time, not unreasonably gives the draw.

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