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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Oct-19-17
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 9227 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-05-17 Schiffers vs H W Trenchard, 1898
Honza Cervenka: It was necessary to give check on e5 before playing b4-b3 in move 72. 72...Qd3+ is less precise as after 73.Ka5 or 73.Kc5 black b-Pawn still cannot advance.
   Oct-01-17 Showalter vs A Schwarz, 1898
Honza Cervenka: Instructive game showing the power of Bishop pair, which was "transformed" in proper time into decisive Pawn weaknesses on black's Kingside. 25...Re7 was not the best way to avoid threatening 26.Bxb7+, 25...Kb8 with idea to get the King on a7 was a bit better defense.
   Oct-01-17 G Marco vs Maroczy, 1898
Honza Cervenka: I feel that black could get more here with his Bishop pair and space advantage.
   Oct-01-17 Alapin vs Tarrasch, 1898
Honza Cervenka: 2...Qa5!? is one of Sergei Movsesian's pet lines in Alapin. See Repertoire Explorer: Sergei Movsesian (black)
   Sep-16-17 Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: Not always "natural moves" played by most of us commons on autopilot in opening are absolutely harmless. In many lines and in many positions there are nuances and subtleties, which even grandmasters are not always aware of. A few times I had opportunity to see GM Jansa giving
   Sep-16-17 Svidler vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 4...Nf6 is a bit better than 4...Be7.
   Sep-12-17 Grischuk vs Navara, 2017 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <Isn't this line better than the game line, too? 23. Qxe5 Rxb2 24. Rxd6 (or 24. Qxd6 Qxd6 25. Rxd6 Rxd6 26. Rxd6 Rxe2+ 27. Kf1 Rxe3) Bxe5 25. Rxd7 Rxd7 26. Rxd7 Rxe2+ 27. Kf1 Rxe3> After 23.Qxe5 Rxb2 white can play 24.Qa5.
   Sep-11-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <Domdaniel: And Grischuk wins. Exit Navara.> The first tie-break game decided the outcome of the match. David had all in his hands there but he let Grischuk to slip off the hook from a lost position with less than 1 minute against 8 or nine at the beginning. Alas but ...
   Sep-10-17 F Vallejo Pons vs W So, 2017 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <What about this line, for example: 11. Nc3 Qg3+ 12. Bf2 Qxg4 13. Be2 Qf4 14. Nh3 Qh6 15. Rg1 Nbd7?> 15.Ng5 can be better than 15.Rg1 in this line. Black is Pawn up but white is fine here as well. 11...Qe6 is much more unpleasant for white, and 12.Kd2 was not the best ...
   Sep-10-17 Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <SirRuthless: 30. Rd1 is not a human move with 7s on the clock. It locks the K in with no cracks to escape to the Q side after 30...Bg3+ and 31.Kf1 is forced. That looks insane to the eye. Impossible to play that in a real game;that's the definition of an engine move.> ...
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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

Jul-13-11  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?
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  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>!
Mar-12-12  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!


Mar-17-12  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.


Mar-22-12  LoveThatJoker: <Honza Cervenka> CG made Fischer vs Stein, 1967 GOTD today!

Talk about zeitgeist, eh?


May-02-12  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.
May-19-12  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!
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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