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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Jul-14-18
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 9395 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-07-18 W Winter vs Menchik, 1930
Honza Cervenka: "Oh, my sweet summer child," Old Nan said quietly, "what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north. Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at ...
   Jul-06-18 Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895
Honza Cervenka: It was better to try 14.Qxb7 Ne6 15.Rxe6 Qxe6 16.Bb5 Na5 17.Qxc7 etc.
   Jul-06-18 Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1922
Honza Cervenka: To insert 16....Bxf4 was correct.
   Jul-06-18 M Lewitt vs H Caro, 1905 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 24.Re5! Nxe5 25.Bxe5 Rb5 26.Qf3 Bxa3 27.d5 Rf8 28.c4 Ra5 29.bxa3 Rxa3 29.Qg4 could have prolonged the fight.
   Jun-29-18 V Zagorovsky vs Simagin, 1952
Honza Cervenka: 25...f5 is suicidal. 25...g6 was good. Of course, 27...Rxf3 28.Bxh7+ leads to a quick mate. 29.Rh1 is winning instantly.
   Jun-26-18 Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1922
Honza Cervenka: 43.Ne5 looks more promising but after 43...Kg7 with idea Kf6 white is simply unable to stop a trade of black Knight for both white Pawns with draw. For example, 43...Kg7 44.Re1 Kf6 45.Nd7+ Kg7 46.Kxg2 Nc4+ 47.Kf3 Nxa5 etc.
   Jun-26-18 B Kostic vs Spielmann, 1922
Honza Cervenka: <psmith> Yes, 34.Kh2 was a mistake but 34.g4 is not optimal either, for example 34...Rg2+ 35.Kh1 Rh2+ 36.Kg1 Rcg2+ 37.Kf1 Rd2 38.Kg1 Rhg2+ 39.Kh1 Rgf2 and white Pawns are starting to fall. Much better seems to be 34.Kh1 with idea 34....Rxg2 35.Rxd5.
   Jun-25-18 K Treybal vs Reti, 1922
Honza Cervenka: 31.Rxd4 Rxa2 32.Rd5 should be sufficient to save the game. 31.a4 was also playable.
   Jun-25-18 Teichmann vs Reti, 1922
Honza Cervenka: 12.Rf3 was a mistake leading to loss of Pawn. 12.Nxe4 or 12.Ne2 was correct.
   Jun-25-18 Saemisch vs Reti, 1922
Honza Cervenka: 30.Rxg7+ could save the day for white. Of course, 26.Bxh6 Nxh6 27.Nxd6 Qf8 28.Nxf7 Qxf7 29.Rg6 or 27.Nxd6 Nxd6 28.Rxd6 would have given white huge advantage.
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  Honza Cervenka: <chesstoplay> Thanks!:-D
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  cu8sfan: I'm sad to see you lose to some random baby. :-) I hope your little girl still gives you and your wife many joys in life. :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: <cu8sfan> There is no reason to be sad. In fact, the Internet voting was just one part of the race. The second part of the competition was a voting with coupons printed in the newspaper. The final ranking was determined through the sum of the order of voting on the Internet and the order of voting by newspaper coupons. We were the fifth on the Internet but we took the second place in the other part of the race and it was sufficient for taking of the second place in whole competition because our main rivals (with exception of Alex Loukota who won both parts) badly underestimated the voting by coupons.:-)
Mar-15-11  gus inn: Seems like you will all survive :0)
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  morfishine: We haven't spoken before, but I'd like to say its a pleasure to have you on Team White for this exercise. Hopefully, it will be a fruitful affair. For that I have no doubt.

I am impressed with your rating(s). As for myself, I am working hard every day analyzing and scratching towards 1900. I have a goal of 2000 by years end. Lets show them a thing or two. :) Morf

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  Hesam7: <Honza> I came across some old comment of yours in Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1995 and I have posted some analysis. The tactics were pretty fun!
Jul-29-11  MartijnvanWingerden: Hello Ms Cervenka. I noted that you play on the International Correspondence Chess Server so maybe you can help me.

I registered me a few weeks ago with my email-address on the ICCF site but i don't have the activation mail yet. So i tryed with my other email-address but that didn't work too. Do you know what the problem is?

Martijn van Wingerden

Aug-18-11  WiseWizard: <Honza> You seem like the right person to ask on this site, what would you say is the difference between analysis and calculation?
Feb-26-12  David2009: Hi Honza, the 'beautiful baby' voting has long since disappeared into the past, but may I wish your daughter Aneta "Many Happy Returns" on her second birthday 15 March. Warm regards, David
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  Honza Cervenka: Thanks, <David2009>!
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  LoveThatJoker: <Honza Cervenka> I enjoyed your analysis regarding 13...fxg2+! on J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1844

Kindly swing by my forum and share with us your favourite/most memorable B. Fischer game.

Hope to see you there!


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  LoveThatJoker: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks for Fischer vs Stein, 1967! It is truly amazing.

I got back to you on my forum and asked you a question there.


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  LoveThatJoker: <Honza Cervenka> CG made Fischer vs Stein, 1967 GOTD today!

Talk about zeitgeist, eh?


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  LoveThatJoker: <Honza Cervenka> Someone replied to your post on this game: V Makogonov vs Keres, 1939

By the way, I have a question to ask you: Do you know where I can find additional infomation on Giovanni Leonardo Di Bona da Cutri?

Also, would you happen to know why all the games between him and Ruy Lopez have an incomplete score?


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  Honza Cervenka: <LoveThatJoker> I think that it was not a habit of the time to record complete scores of games, even those played between known masters. Chess manuscripts written by then chess masters usually for their patrons were focused mostly on the opening (along with endgames or chess problems) and that is why only some opening parts of games survived.
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  LoveThatJoker: <Honza Cervenka> Thank you for the kind reply!

Here is a hidden gem that I hope you will enjoy very much: V Inkiov vs Psakhis, 1982


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  Benzol: <Honza> I've been trying to get date information on Game Collection: Mährisch-Ostrau 1923 so that a tournament page can be created for it. <thomastonk> has kindly provided information about rounds 1 to 10. Is there any chance you might know the dates rounds 11, 12 and 13 were played on? Thanks in advance.


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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!
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  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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