Dan Heisman's Improve Your Chess

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 makes a bad queen move near the end of the opening and Black develops a strong attack. Black wins a pawn but then finds a clever but flawed combination which loses the advantage. Pressing, Black allows White a winning combination which is missed. Due to the complexities, both sides get short of time. Then, in a relatively equal but imbalanced position, White misses the best defense and gives back a piece, allowing Black an easy endgame win.

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