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Stripunsky,Alexander (2570) – Altounian,Levon (2454)
USA-ch Saint Louis (3), 16.05.2010
Philidor Defense [C41]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bf4 c6 8.a4 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 d5 10.Nb5 Bb4+ 11.c3 Ba5 12.Bxd5 cxd5 13.Ng3 Re8+ 14.Be3 Nc6 15.0-0 a6 16.Nd4 Bc7 17.Re1 Be6 18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.b4 Qf6 20.Qd2 Qg6 21.Bf4 Bb6 22.a5 Ba7 23.Re5 h6 24.Rae1 Red8 25.R5e2 d4 26.Bc7 dxc3 27.Qxc3 Rdc8 28.Bb6 Bb8 29.Qd4 h5 30.f4 Qg4 31.Re4 Bd5 32.Re8+ Rxe8 33.Rxe8+ Kh7 34.Qd3+ f5 35.Qxf5+ Qxf5 36.Nxf5 c5 37.Re7 Kg6 38.Ne3 Bf7 39.g3
How did White show 39…cxb4 to be a mistake?
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40.Bd4! 1-0 The threat is 41.f5+ Kh6 42.Rxf7, and if 40…Ba2 41.Rxg7+ Kh6 42.Nf5#.
Allan B. Arinos says
If 39…. cxb4 I think much stronger is 40. f5+ Kf6 (40… K any then 41. Rxf7 wins) 41. Bd8 Threatening 42. Re6+ mate; and if Black make a flight square for the King then 42. Ra7 discovered check and wins the rook).