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Weakening your own position: LEFT BEHIND
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Did your last move just weaken your control / lose contact with a critical square?

See Huzman-Kasparov where Kasparov's blunder ... ♗b7-c8?? reduced Black's control over the threatened d5-square, resulting in the Black d8-queen and Black f6-knight becoming <OVERLOADED>.

46 Nh2-f3?? leaves behind f1-square for winning 46 ... Bd3-f1+
Nakamura vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(A16) English, 48 moves, 0-1

28 ... Qf6-e7 leaves behind critical c6-square for 29 Qa4-c6+
Mamedyarov vs P Tregubov, 2006 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

24 ... Ne5-g4? leaves behind the f7-square allowing 25 Rg7-h7+!
Larsen vs D Suboticanec, 1955 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

23 ... Nd7xe5? leaves behind the c5-square for 25 Na4-c5 +-
Radjabov vs Anand, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 85 moves, 1-0

37 d4xc5?? leaves behind the e5-square for 37 ... Qg5-e5+! -+
A Greenfeld vs C Daly, 2008 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

21 ... Bd7-e6? critically gives White c2-queen access to a4-sq
Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

19 ... Qe7xh4, 20 ... g4-g3 exploit moves of White g3-bishop
Aronian vs Anand, 2007  
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

15 ... g7-g6 weakens f6-square allowing possibility of Ne4-f6#
Alekhine vs L Kussman, 1924  
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

14 ... Ne5-g6?? leaves behind the c6-square for 15 Nd4-c6 +-
Grischuk vs Rublevsky, 2005 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

33 ... Nf5-d4? leaves behind h6-square for winning 34 Rg6-h6+!
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 37 moves, 1-0

21 Be2xa6 grabs pawn but weakens f3-square for 21 - Re3xNf3+!!
D Zagorskis vs Sadler, 1998 
(A10) English, 32 moves, 0-1

10 ... Nb8-a6 defends c7 but leaves behind c6 for 11 Qc2-c6+ +-
Ivanchuk vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(A15) English, 32 moves, 1-0

31 ... Ba5xRc3 leaves behind c7-mating square for 32 Qe2-a6!!
I Rogers vs G Milos, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

30 ... Ra8-a6? leaves behind c7-checking square for knight fork
R Mamedov vs S Feller, 2008 
(C10) French, 32 moves, 1-0

27 Rf4-f2?? leaves behind loose e4-bishop overloading c3-knight
Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007 
(A28) English, 27 moves, 0-1

20 a2-a3? (Kasparov) fatally weakens the critical b3-square
Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

13 ... Bb4xNc3 leaves the c5-sq, a3-f8 diagonal for 14 Be3-c5!!
Karjakin vs Stellwagen, 2009 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

12 Be2-f3?? leaves the White c4-knight undefended and it drops
P Skovgaard vs Carlsen, 2001 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

33 Rg1-h1 weakens g5-knight, 33 .. Rh2xBd2! makes it undefended
D Howell vs M Bosboom, 2009 
(B01) Scandinavian, 35 moves, 0-1

20 ... Bb7-c8?? loses contact with the critical d5-square
Huzman vs Kasparov, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

36 ... f5-f4! now 37 Rg3xg6?? leaves behind d3 for 37 .. d4-d3#
Topalov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 44 moves, 0-1

27 Ra2xNa3?? leaves behind the White b2-queen, 27 ... Qb5xQb2
K Havasi vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 33 moves, 0-1

20 g2-g3?? weakens the f3-checking square for 20 ... Qd5xf3+!
L Petovic vs A Chudinovskikh, 2009 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 0-1

25 ... Nd5-e7?! weakens control over b6-square for 26 Nc4-b6!
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2009 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

42 ... a7-a6 weakens the b6-square for 43 Nc7-a8! 1-0 maneuver
Leko vs Gelfand, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

29 Rd1-d2 leaves f1-square making 29 ... Rf8-f1!? possible
Mamedyarov vs Kramnik, 2009 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 0-1

27 Nf4xNd5 weakened the e2-square for zwischenzug 27 ... e3-e2!
J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 0-1

41 f2-f3 weakens g3-square near White g2-king for 41 .. Rf6xf3!
V Chuchelov vs Shirov, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

32 ... Ra7-c7 reduces pressure on a6-passer allowing 33 Bb5-c6
Carlsen vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

22 Ra1xa5? leaves d1-rook undefended for pinning 22 ... Nd5-e3!
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1970 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 64 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Vaganian, 1995 
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1-0

61 ... Be5-g7?? leaves behind the g3-square for 62 Kg2-g3! +-
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2008 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

35 ... Qc6-c5?? leaves behind the e6-square for 36 Bg4xe6+! 1-0
Nakamura vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

29 Ra1-a7?? leaves behind d1-back rank square, allowing mate
M Boyarchenko vs N Antonova, 2006 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

19 ... h7-h6? weakens the contested g6-square for 20 Qg5xg6+!
O Moen vs A Livner, 2008 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

32 ... h6-h5?? leaves Black g5-rook undefended, 33 Qc7-d8+ 1-0
R Ruck vs Krasenkow, 2001 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

18 ... Rf8-e8 weakens f7-square to allow shocking 19 Nf3-g5!
Svidler vs Motylev, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

43 a3-a4? weakens b4-square, allowing 43 ... Be7-b4! trapping
I Cheparinov vs Caruana, 2009 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 63 moves, 0-1

23 - Rc8-b8? weakens c7-square for king deflection 27 Re1xNe7+!
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

32 Re1-e2?? leaves behind the f1-square for 32 ... Nd5-e3+!!
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

32 Bd6-b4?? leaves behind h2-square for pig mate 32 ... Re2xh2+
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

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