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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Mar-21-18
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 9322 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-18-18 M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
Honza Cervenka: 14.Ne4 was a mistake. Tarrasch's suggestion 14.Qf1 played against him in Vienna by Schiffers two years later is definitely better but 14.Nf1 or 14.Nc4 deserve attention too.
   Mar-18-18 G A Thomas vs Tarrasch, 1922
Honza Cervenka: If 24.Bxh7+! Kxh7 25.Qh5+ Kg8 26.Rf3 Rf7, then 27.Rg3+ Rg7 28.Bxf6 Rxg3 29.hxg3 +-
   Mar-18-18 Geller vs Kholmov, 1963 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <WhiteRook48: it is amazing that Geller's two bishops cannot overpower the black knights!> Well, in fact white transformed his Bishop pair into an extra Pawn.
   Mar-18-18 Kholmov vs I Nei, 1963
Honza Cervenka: <a Pawn> Well, in fact two Pawns, as Pd5 falls by force as well.
   Mar-18-18 Kholmov vs Gipslis, 1963
Honza Cervenka: 29....Nxd4 30.Qb7+ Kh8 31.Qf7 is clearly no option for black. Maybe 29...d5 could prolong game for a while, though white should be winning with optimal play.
   Mar-17-18 Honza Cervenka chessforum
Honza Cervenka: 1.g7 Qxg7 2.d6+ Kb8 3.Re8+ Rxe8 4.d7+ Nc7+ 5.Bxc7+ Kxc7 6.dxe8=N+ and 7.Nxg7 +-
   Mar-16-18 G A Thomas vs Bogoljubov, 1922
Honza Cervenka: <ChessHigherCat: <Hi Honza! What about this?: 13...dxe5 14. dxe5 Ncxe5 15. Qe4 f5 16. Qd5+ Kh8 17. Nxe5! (threatening a smothered mate) Nxe5 18. Qxd8 Raxd8 19. Rxd8 Bxd8 20. f3 Bh5 21. Bxf5 Not spectacular, but it looks even> This is fine for white but 15...f5 is ...
   Mar-14-18 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 43.c4 with idea 44.c5+ Kxc5 45.Rc1+ and 46.Rc8 looks like a quite simple and straightforward win for white. It really hurts to miss that in such an important game.
   Mar-14-18 Bogoljubov vs G A Thomas, 1922 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <Patriot: Material is even. White is in check and both pawns are one square shy of being queens. If white can avoid checks he will win. And he must avoid walking onto the a1-h8 diagonal or the a-file or h-file to prevent a1=Q+. The only way to win seems to be to use the ...
   Mar-14-18 Tarrasch vs Yates, 1922
Honza Cervenka: Fine technique in Rook ending demonstrated by Tarrasch. Black should have inserted 15...dxe4 before playing Ng6.
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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?
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>!
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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