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Jan Cervenka vs Jiri Schauer
"Cold Schauer" (game of the day Mar-30-2006)
6th CZ-Cup corr, ZK 14 (1993) (correspondence), Czech Republic, rd 7, Jun-16
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Main Lines (C80)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This looks like one of Topalov's games (and isn't that a compliment!)--sac an entire Exchange for the sake of a passed pawn, swap Queens to go into an endgame, create a monster Bishop, and win.
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  Sneaky: Wow, nice one Honza.
Mar-30-06  iron maiden: <blingice> Thanks. What happened to Stewie, btw?
Mar-30-06  Rookinstein: Ultra-cool game by white there. He trusted his pass pawn, gave up his rook for bishop and even exchanged the queens. These type of games are gems in the chess world. Perfect example of manuevering ur king. The king on d6 was as worthy as a queen. with a solid rook on c1. Brilliant game. Congrats, Cervenka
Mar-30-06  alfilbueno: It is interesting to analyze the possible continuation of the game in case Black had played 23… Qe8. The winning plan for white seems to be a combination of Nxc6 (this is the reason because Black played 22 … Rh8) and e7, but move order seems to be important

23 Nxc6! Qxc6 24 Bxd5 Qe8 25 e7 Rf7 26 Bxf7! Qxf7 (26 Bxa8? Rxe7!) 27 Rd7! Rc8 28 Rxc7!

25 … Rg8 26 Bxa8 Qxa8 27 Rd7 Bf4 28 Qd1! wins, because of Rd8, for instance 28 … Qe8 29 Qd5 Bg5 30 Rd8 Qxe7 31 Rxg8++ (28 ... Re8 29 Rd8 Qc6 30 Rxe8+ Qxe8 31 Qd8 is also winning for White)

Beginning with 23 e7?!, the difference is that Black have the possibility of defending c6 with the rook,

23 … Rf6! 24 Nxc6? Rxc6 25 Bxd5 Rc8 is less clear, I only see 26 Bxc6 Qxc6 but it seems there is no forced win for White. Perhaps it has some compensation for being a piece down, two pawns, one of them in the seventh rank, but (provided my analysis is correct) nothing else.

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  TheAlchemist: A beautiful game, Honza!
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  Benzol: <Honza> Nicely done mate.
Mar-30-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Very good game, <Honza>! I liked your king's march into the battlefield. And I think 19.f4 was your best move!
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  keypusher: Hurrah for Honza!
Mar-30-06  AniamL: Best (most natural and sensical) pun yet, I'd say.
Mar-30-06  Tariqov: What does BTW mean??
Mar-30-06  cade: I love Whites 13th & 14th move where he dances his Pawn around the Bishop. Very funny.
Mar-30-06  dakgootje: Very nice game by <Honza> with mostly quite seemingly obvious moves, so not too hard to understand overall.

<Tariqov: What does BTW mean??> 'by the way' or in dutch belasting toegevoegde waarde (which is dutch for the english VAT)

Mar-30-06  iamverywellatchess: What is a Honza?
Mar-30-06  Holden: Jan Cervenka is User: Honza Cervenka
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  kevin86: A very picturesque finish! Two pawns plus a bishop create an escape-proof net for both of black's rook. Also funny how a solo pawn captures black's knights in succession.
Mar-30-06  YouRang: Amazing position after 32. c6, where Black's two rooks are tied up by White's bishop and 2 pawns. White's king is free to saunter over and administer the final blow.
Mar-30-06  iamverywellatchess: White's guard is a very good player in this game! It moves on the screen until it finds a very nice place to rest on d7. Good playing Honda!
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  Gypsy: Great play, <Honza>!
Mar-30-06  Jim Bartle: People should take a look at Cervenka vs. NN 2002. No mercy! And they say the Petroff is sleep-inducing.
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  Honza Cervenka: Many thanks for all compliments. My vanity is very satisfied now.:-D

<alfilbueno> I did not see any clear win for white after 23...Qe8 which was definitely much better than 23...Qc8(?), but I was convinced that white has sufficient compensation for material and very comfortable play at least. Your analysis is very good but I think that after 23...Qe8 24.Nxc6 Qxc6 25.Bxd5 Qe8 26.e7 Rg8 27.Bxa8 Qxa8 28.Rd7 Bf4 29.Qd1 black can play 29...Qe4! covering the threat Rd8 (30.Rd8 Qxe7) and I don't see how white can continue in the pressure on black's position.

My idea what to play after 23...Qe8 24.Nxc6 Qxc6 25.Bxd5 Qe8 26.e7 Rg8 was not clear during the game. 27.Bxa8 Qxa8 28.Rd7 Bf4 29.Qe6 was one of many possibilities but I liked also (or even more) 27.Bxg8 Qxg8 (27...Kxg8? 28.Qe4 Rb8 29.Rf1 ) 28.Qd2 with next 29.Qd7, 27.Rd3 Rc8 28.Rh3 Bf4 (28...h6 29.Qe4) 29.Qe4 Bh6 30.g4 or simply 27.Qe2 with intention 28.Re1 and 29.Bxg8 (this last possibility seems to be the best but to make this conclusion with certainty and without help of good computer is not easy). It could have been quite difficult but also quite pleasure decision-making process for me then but black did not play 23...Qe8.

After 23...Qc8 white got e+c passed Pawns under much better condition (especially the lack of black Bishop was significant) and the black Rooks were completely helpless. Something very similar to the final position I had on my board at home already after the 23rd move of black with a little difference that white King on d6 forked both poor Rooks trying desperately to block e and c Pawns.

If 29...Rf6 with idea to prevent Bd5-c6-d7 manoeuvre, then 30.e7 with next c6 wins easily.

Mar-30-06  Ezzy: Jan Cervenka - Jiri Schauer [C80]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Be3 Bc5 10.Qd3 0–0 11.Nc3 Nb4 12.Qe2 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Bxe3 14.cxb4< Kasparov v Kramnik - Botvinnik memorial 2001 went 14 Qxe3 and they agreed a draw 5 moves later. But Honza is not having any of this draw nonsense!> 14...Bb6 15.Rfd1N <Diete Mohrlok v juh Kari Sorri 1989 and Mihail Ghinda v Sergey Pozin 1999 (Yes they do exist) played 15 Rad1. So your move Honza is a novelty. I myself never know which rook to move in these situations :-)> 15...f6 16.c4 c6 17.c5 Bc7 18.Nd4 Qd7 19.f4 <Threatening 20 f5 Bxf5 21 e6> 19...fxe5 20.fxe5 Bg4 21.Qe1 Bxd1 22.Rxd1< With the threat 23 Nxc6 Qxc6 24 Bxd5+> 22...Kh8 23.e6 Qc8 24.Nxc6 Bxh2+ 25.Kxh2 Qxc6 26.Bxd5 Qc7+ 27.Qg3 Qxg3+ 28.Kxg3 Rae8 29.Re1 Re7 <Black can not allow 30 e7> 30.Bc6! Rc8 31.Bd7< And the rook on 'e7' is trapped>. 31...Rc7 32.c6 g5< What else?> 33.Kg4 Kg7 34.Kxg5 Ra7 35.Rc1 Rc7 36.Kf5 Kf8 37.Ke5 Rg7 38.Kd6 1–0

<Honza Cervenka> At last, now I understand your novelty 15 Rfd1. It was so you could sacrifice this rook on ‘d1’ and recapture with the rook on ‘a1’. :-)

This game is a fine example of how to maintain the initiative, even at the cost of sacrificing the exchange. Kasparov and Topalov would be proud of you. Nice game!!

Mar-30-06  THE pawn: Wow, many bravos to <Honza>!

The final move gives us a picturesque position with the king riding his convoy. Really nice game!

I didn't read entirely the analyses posted previously, but there seems to be a bit of fuss concerning 23...Qc8?!.

Here are my thoughts: Qc8 is a mistake as shown in the game, Qe8 gives more drawing chances, I believe:

I would play:
23...Qe8 Nxc6! Rc8 Bxd5 Rf5 Be4 Rf6 Nd4
My comp says:
23...Qe8 Nxc6 Rf5 Nd4 Rf6 Qe2 Ra8d8 g3 Kg8 Kh8 -0,78 and with precise play white goes on to win.

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  Honza Cervenka: <iron maiden> If you are interested in pawn play, you can enjoy also final stage of J Borl vs J Cervenka, 2006
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Wait a minute--<Honza> is the same guy as Jan Cervenka?! Oops. Gee, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be so hard on you.
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