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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Jun-22-17
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 9176 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-22-17 Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1897 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <al wazir> Yes, I guess that there was added a repetition of moves after 17.Kh1 Be5 18.Kg1 (18...Bh2+ 19.Kh1 Be5 20.Kg1) which is sometimes omitted in sources mentioning this game. In current gamescore the missed mating combo starts in moves 24 or 25 of black. Btw, even
   Jun-21-17 Krum Georgiev vs Tseshkovsky, 1986 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: Crazy game. Instead of 16...Rf8 it was better to play 16...Nh3+ 17.gxh3 (17.Kf1 Rf8 ) 17...Qg6+ 18.Qxg6 hxg6 19.Bxd4 Rxh3 etc. Also 16...Qxd2 17.Qxh8+ Ke7 18.e6 Nxe6 19.Bxd4 Qh6 20.g3 d6 looks like a bit lesser evil.
   Jun-21-17 V Osnos vs Krum Georgiev, 1982
Honza Cervenka: Sad game for white who gradually outplayed his opponent but in clearly won position went astray and lost. For example 34.Rg1 should be winning without much troubles. 36.Rg1 was still good enough to keep advantage. Of course, 36.Qxb7?? Rg8 leads to inevitable mate.
   Jun-21-17 Geller vs Portisch, 1962
Honza Cervenka: Instead of 28...Rg4+(?) black could have played 28...Rxf1 with idea 29.Bxe6+ Rf7 30.Rf1 Nf6 31.exf6 Re8 32.Bxc4 Nb5 33.Bb4 g6 etc. White is definitely better here but black is still alive with at least some practical chances to save the game.
   Jun-21-17 Uhlmann vs Krum Georgiev, 1983
Honza Cervenka: Nice comeback of black in wild tactical melee.
   Jun-14-17 Kramnik vs Karjakin, 2017
Honza Cervenka: 14...Bxf2+ 15.Kxf2 Qh4+ and Qxc4 could have spared black of a lot of troubles here. 15...Bxf2+ 16.Kxf2 Qxg5 looks also playable. Why not 25.Rxa6?
   Jun-13-17 Filip vs J Vesely, 1961
Honza Cervenka: 7....Bxb4 can be still followed by 8.Nxe5 with idea 8...Nxe5 9.Qa4+ . In final position after retreat of the Queen white takes the Pawn b7 with Rook and the game is over. Probably 19...Nxd5 was a mistake. White had ...
   Jun-03-17 Najdorf vs N Padevsky, 1962 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <cunctatorg> If 45.Bc4 bxc4 46.Rb8 Rxg5, then 47.Rxd8+ Rxd8 48.Qc7 leaves hardly any doubts about final result.
   May-28-17 Ekaterina Bykovskikh vs Ruoshui Cao, 2016 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 22.Qxc8 could have saved the day for white.
   Apr-15-17 Anand vs Tiviakov, 1992
Honza Cervenka: 23...Ba3! 24.Rc6 (24.Rc2 Nxe5) 24...Ne7 25.Bxc8 (25.Rc2 Nd5) 25...Nxc6 gives black clear advantage. 41.h5? was a decisive mistake. 41.Rh1 Kf6 42.h5 d3+ 43.Kf1 saves the Bishop, and the position remains equal.
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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!
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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?

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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.

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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. ✌
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  wordfunph: <Honza> Merry Christmas!
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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!
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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.
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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)

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  Knight13: <Honza Cervenka> Merry Christmas.
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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.

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  Ron: Hi Honza,

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

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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).
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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 (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.

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  Honza Cervenka: Nice little chess joke:

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White to move wins.

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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 <>
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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.
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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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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
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  sachistu: Thanks <Honza Cervenka>!
Jul-11-16  zhouyundong: where to talk about continuous check's endgames?
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