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: After some opening transpositions the players reach a fairly well-known position, but both sides miss some early chances. A key move occurs when White captures on d5 with a pawn, entombing his light square bishop for many moves. Black correctly reacts by attacking on the other side of the board. Although Black does not find the killer put-away idea, he emerges from the middlegame with enough additional pawns to easily convert an endgame advantage.

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