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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Aug-15-17
I live in Stredokluky (a village near Prague, Czech republic). I play both practical and correspondence chess. My rating in practical chess (Czech national ELO) oscillates somewhere between 2010 and 2060, in correspondence chess I have rating 2155 (my best was 2220 in the middle of 90's). I have no special favorite player but I like to view good games of old masters (Tarrasch, Schlechter, Chigorin etc.)
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   Honza Cervenka has kibitzed 9203 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-15-17 A Moiseenko vs B Grachev, 2012
 
Honza Cervenka: Black missed a nice winning continuation 28...Kg7!! 29.Rd1 Rxf3!! 30.gxf3 (or 30.Rxd4 Qe1+! 31.Kh2 Rxf2 32.Rd7+ Kf8! -+) 30...Bxf3! (30...Qxf3 31.Kf1 is less convincing) and now 31.Rxd4 Qe1+ or 31.Rf1 Qh6 leads to quick mate, and 31.Ra1 Be4 forces white to give up his Queen ...
 
   Aug-15-17 Navara vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
 
Honza Cervenka: Immediate 31.Nxh6+ was more precise, as in the game after better 33...Qxb3 34.Rh4 Re4 35.Qg5 Rxh4 36.Qxh4 Ne8 37.Nxf5+ Kg8 38.Ne7+ Kf7 39.Rd7 Qb1+ 40.Kg2 Nf6 41.Rxa7 Qe4+ 42.Qxe4 Nxe4 white is a Pawn up but the ending looks rather like draw with correct play of black than ...
 
   Aug-15-17 Anand vs Aronian, 2017
 
Honza Cervenka: 23.Bxe5 was better.
 
   Aug-15-17 Euwe vs Bogoljubov, 1923
 
Honza Cervenka: 12...Bxf2+! starts a pretty little combination winning a Pawn. White should have played 11.Bd2 instead of 11.Nf3. Bogo could get more from the position after that but several inaccuracies made by him later in the game allowed white to slip off the hook.
 
   Aug-15-17 Aronian vs Navara, 2017 (replies)
 
Honza Cervenka: 23...Qd8 was probably a mistake. 23...Qc7 may be the last chance for black defense to hold.
 
   Aug-15-17 Navara vs Caruana, 2017
 
Honza Cervenka: David went astray with his KS attempt starting from 16.Qh5. More reasonable seems to be to play 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Nf4 with quite comfortable position, though already equal. Of course, 21.Ng5 allowing 21...Nf4 was a mistake and from that point black had clearly the ...
 
   Aug-15-17 S Smagin vs A Khruschiov, 2002
 
Honza Cervenka: <Nerwal> Thanks. Yes, 39.h4! is a nice killer. Also 39.Re7 with idea Rd7, Qh8+ and Rxd6 looks more than sufficient. Nevertheless, 38...Qf8 still looks quite strange.
 
   Jul-27-17 Englisch vs Metger, 1877
 
Honza Cervenka: 40.e5+ Kd5 42.Be4# is not hard to see.
 
   Jul-26-17 S Urusov vs Jaenisch, 1854
 
Honza Cervenka: Pretty game with a finish exploiting weak back rank. After forced 25...Qxc8 26.Rxc8+ Ng8 27.Bd5 the game is over.
 
   Jul-26-17 Steinitz vs Burn, 1895
 
Honza Cervenka: <Knight13: <12...Qa5: This is one of those routine moves in this opening which, in this particular instance, has no merits to recommend it.> I don't even know why Black plays that queen move. It seems random.> Well, white is threatening to win a Pawn by 13.Nxd5 ...
 
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Aug-04-12
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  Benzol: <Honza> By consensus we think it should like this

Game Collection: Mährisch-Ostrau 1923

Hopefully it's OK now.

:)

Oct-09-12  TheTamale: Hi, Honza. For years I have enjoyed your comments. I have visited Prague, but alas, never Stredokluky. Greetings from a friend in the US!
Dec-24-12
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  wordfunph: Merry Christmas!
Jan-05-13  kudubux: Hello <Honza>!

I was wondering, what ever happened to that baby photo contest your daughter joined in? Did she win?

Feb-03-13
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  Honza Cervenka: <kudubux: Hello <Honza>!

I was wondering, what ever happened to that baby photo contest your daughter joined in? Did she win?>

No, we took the second place.

Jul-28-13
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  offramp: I had a very strange, quick dream last night. I dreamt that < Honza Cervenka>'s real name was Richard Brierley and he was the son of an Australian Test cricketer named Walter Brierley.

How strange is the human mind!

Nov-28-14  MarkFinan: I don't know if your username is your real name but there's a chess app game in the Google play store with your name on it. I kept seeing it and thinking I know that name from somewhere! Maybe it's nothing to do with you and your name is pretty common in chess circles (or squares! Get it? Lol. I'm becoming a square, don't sweat, lol) but every time I see that app I think of your username here. ✌
Dec-25-14
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  wordfunph: <Honza> Merry Christmas!
Jan-28-15
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  Chessical: Pardon the intrusion, but I am looking for material for Game Collection: Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956)

I was wondering if you have access to any relevant Czech sources. I am trying to find contemporary reports, and the dates of the games. Thank you.

Apr-14-15  ToTheDeath: One of the best kibitzers on this site, cheers to you!
May-08-15
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  Honza Cervenka: <Chessical> The match was quite well covered even by daily press then but unfortunately I don't have access to online archives.
May-09-15
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  Chessical: Thank you for taking the time to look. In the end, with the help of <Tabanus>, we were able to look up "Rudé Právo" on line. Here is our finished effort:

Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956)

Dec-25-15
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  Knight13: <Honza Cervenka> Merry Christmas.
Jan-16-16
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  Domdaniel: Hej, Honza/Jan ...

I'm asking your advice, because you're a fine analyst, a good OTB player, an experienced CC player, and - after all these years on CG - a friend.

I'm still playing FIDE-rated team tournaments in Ireland, although my rating has gradually dropped from 2000+ to 1800 or so. I play in some weekend tournaments also, but I am no longer confident of getting my rating back up to where I feel it belongs.

So, I am thinking of mostly giving up OTB chess, and taking up Correspondendence Chess. What do you think?

Is this still a viable option, in the age of engines? I played some CC as a junior in the 1970s, and did quite well - but that was before strong engines. A couple of players who had similar OTB ratings to mine in those days have since become CC Masters. Plus I have been involved in some of the CG team games, such as those vs Arno Nickel.

Do you play CC at a competitive level? I think I could do reasonably well ... but I'm not sure about the apparent level of engine use (cheating?).

Have you any advice for me?

Thanks, Dom/G.

Jan-18-16
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  Ron: Hi Honza,

Missed chance by your countryman :(
Navara vs A Giri, 2016

Jan-30-16
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  Honza Cervenka: <Domdaniel> I played my last serious CC game back in 2002. It was too much time consuming and also quite expensive activity then for me. Of course, since then the CC changed a lot with arrival of really strong engines and now it is more centaur than correspondence chess. I don't have problem with that, and I believe that one day I will return to CC played by e-mail but right now I am too much busy for doing that seriously. But I am playing for fun some online chess, and I still try to play OTB in team competitions to help my friends from my chess club (though with quite mixed results and very bad start of the current season).
May-08-16
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  sachistu: Hi <Honza Cervenka>! I was wondering if you might have time to look at the introductory comments to a game in the publication Ceské listy sachové (1897)? There is an online copy available on chessarch.com (on the library tab) 1897 v2 page 95-96.

The typical venue, year and player information is apparently hidden in the introduction. From the limited portion I have been able to translate, there is apparently a discussion of the war of 1469 between King George (Jiri) of Podebrady and King Matthias (Matyas) of Bohemia. Exactly what, if anything, it has to do with the game escapes me. It was apparently a consultation game and the names of the players mentioned seem to be of that contemporary era (188n-189n).

I'm hoping you can translate enough of the text to determine the venue, the year and players (or cities) for both sides involved. I noticed from one of your kibitz you did not have access to online archives. If you are not able to access the chessarch site, perhaps I can extract the pages to send you. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Jun-06-16
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  Honza Cervenka: Nice little chess joke:


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White to move wins.

Jun-06-16
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  Honza Cervenka: <sachistu> I don't see it. If you can download it in pdf or any similar format, you can send it to me via e-mail <jan.cervenka@soc.cas.cz>
Jun-14-16
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  sachistu: Hi <jan>. Have been away since June 2nd and just returned. The online (chessarch) copy is embedded in 3 volumes (1896 1897 1898) and thus not so easy to find. I will have to work on a way to pull out that section as the PDF (60Mb) is too big to send via my mail server. As soon as I can create something workable, I will send it to you.
Jul-10-16
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  Honza Cervenka: <sachistu> The game was a composition of Dr. Jan Dobrusky and it was an allegory of the defeat and surrender of Matthias Corvinus by George of Poděbrady at Vilémov in February 1469 during so-called Bohemian War 1468-1478. The game was performed live by members of Czech Sokol and Czech Chess Association in historical costumes during a national exhibition.

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qd1 d6 5. a3 Ne5 6. Ne2 c6 7. Ng3 Qa5+ 8. b4 Qc7 9. f4 Nd7 10. Qh5 g6 11. Qf3 Ne7 12. Bb2 Rg8 13. Nc3 Bg7 14. Bc4 Nb6 15. Bb3 Bd7 16. a4 a6 17. Rd1 Rd8 18. Rd2 c5 19. e5 dxe5 20. bxc5 Qxc5 21. Nce4 Qc7 22. fxe5 Nf5 23. a5 Nc8 24. Nxf5 gxf5 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. Qh5+ Ke7 27. Ba3+ Ke6 28. Ng5+ Kxe5 29. Bb2+ Kf4 30. Rf1+ Ke3 31. Qf3# 1-0

Jul-10-16  zhouyundong:


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17round!

Jul-10-16  zhouyundong: 1. C5F5 h7g7
2. H5H6 g7h6
3. E7F8 g3g7
4. F5F6 h6h5
5. D3F4 h5g4
6. F6G7 g4f3
7. G7C3 f3f4
8. F8H6 f4f5
9. C3A5 f5e4
10. A5A4 e4f5
11. A4F4 f5e6
12. F4G4 e6e7
13. H6G5 e7f7
14. G4F5 f7g7
15. F5F6 g7h7
16. F6F7 h7h8
17. D7D8Q
Jul-10-16
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  sachistu: Thanks <Honza Cervenka>!
Jul-11-16  zhouyundong: where to talk about continuous check's endgames?
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