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Andrew Ledger vs Keith Arkell
British Championship (2008), Liverpool ENG, rd 10, Aug-07
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation (B17)  ·  0-1

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Aug-08-08  notyetagm: From Chess Today 2831:

<Beware: Blunder!

by GM Alex Baburin

It would be wrong to think that chess
players blunder only in very sharp and
tense positions – blunders often occur
in most innocuous-looking situations!

Here is a fresh example:

A. Ledger (2423) - Arkell (2506)
95th British Ch (10), Liverpool, 2008


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Position is equal. After 19.c3 or 19.Nc3
a draw would be the most likely
outcome. But White decided to
support the b5-knight and deny Black
access to the d5-square:

19.c4??


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The positional reasons behind this
move are all good, but it has a major
tactical flaw: 19...Nxc4!


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20.Qxc4 Qxe5>

In making the blunder 19 c2-c4?? the IM playing White (Ledger) overlooked that Black could simply capture the White c4-pawn with 19 ... ♘b6xc4! because this capture <REMOVES THE GUARD> of the White b5-knight.

Hence 20 ♘e5x♘c4 <illusory protection> ♕c5x♘b5


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while 20 ♕e2x♘c4 ♕c5x♘e5 <DEFLECTS> the White e2-queen from <DEFENDING> the <LOOSE> White e5-knight.


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19 c2-c4?? is an _AMAZING_ tactical mistake for an IM to make only a few moves out of theory and hence with plenty of time on his clock.

Aug-22-08  Takya Kotov: It seems that poor old Andrew Ledger was having a really bad day as he also played 27.Nd6 a similar mistake to the above allowing 27...Nxh2 dropping a further pawn.

Perhaps he was just totally cheesed off by this time and just wanted to get to the pub asap.

Dec-11-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GIAaron: To be fair 27 Nd6 was probably the best try at this stage as Andrew was in a totally lost position.

With respect to Baburin,I believe that the position is a tiny bit better for Black after 19 c3 and particularly after 19 Nc3.It is to do with Black having the better pawn structure and White needing Bishops to work with.Check this out with any 2700 player and I think they would agree.

Dec-16-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GIAaron: I remember there was a more extreme case of this in a game I had against Hartoch at the Isle of Man circa late 90s.I had made numerous positional gains with Black all over the board,and had a very nice position when he dropped the exchange.In the Telegraph Pein wrote 'the position was about equal before White blundered' or some such comment!

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