Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess
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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: White transposes into a rare variation of the Open Sicilian and gets a slight advantage. Black gives White the bishop pair for nothing and White gives it right back! In a fairly even position Black prevents a non-tactic and weakens his position, then allowing a nice sacrifice for a mating attack. Unfortunately, White, playing very quickly throughout, completely misses the idea. However, Black continues to defend passively and eventually just blunders into a mate or loss of queen. White takes the queen and Black resigns.

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