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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Nov-30-20
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 10424 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-30-20 P Talpa vs J Cervenka, 2015 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: Grabbing of Pawn e4 was a mistake leading to a quick disaster for white. 21.Qg4 would have been better.
   Nov-30-20 Hort vs Judit Polgar, 1987 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 15...f5 was too much optimistic attempt, and Hort clearly demonstrated why that was a bad idea. 20.Bxh6! and 21.Rxe5! annihilated black position.
   Nov-30-20 Hort vs Doda, 1964
Honza Cervenka: 37...Qf6? was a serious mistake (37...Kg6 was better) but white played imprecise 38.d6 instead of 38.h4+! Kg6 39.h5+ Kg5 40.d6 with idea 40...f4 (or 40...h6 41.Qe3+ f4 42.Qd3 or 41...Kxh5 42.d7) 41.h6 Kf5 42.Qxh7+ Ke6 43.Qe7+ +- allowing thus 38...f4 39.h4+ Kf5 40.Qxh7+ Ke6 ...
   Nov-30-20 Hort vs Judit Polgar, 1995
Honza Cervenka: Instead of 26.Rfe1 it was possible to play 26.c4, as Pc4 cannot be taken for 27.Qc3+
   Nov-29-20 Doda vs Hort, 1962
Honza Cervenka: I guess that there is a typo in this game. 19...Na6 and the following moves 20.Nde2 (why not 20.b5?) 20...g5 (What?) 21.Be3 (Why not 21.Bxg5?) don't make any sense. It seems to be apparent, that 19...Ne6 was played. Of course, in such a case the 27th move of black should be ...
   Nov-19-20 S Morales vs O Neikirch, 1939
Honza Cervenka: Great comeback by black, who managed to win the game, which was objectively lost after the first 20 moves.
   Nov-19-20 J Gudmundsson vs O Neikirch, 1939 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 34.Qxe6 doesn't work for 34...fxe6 35.Nxe6+ Kf7 36.Nxd8+ Rxd8 and white is simply a piece down.
   Nov-03-20 Timman vs Kasparov, 1991
Honza Cervenka: 27.Bd4 was a howler, which could lose the game but Kasparov missed 29...Qh5! 30.Qxg3 Nxd5!
   Nov-01-20 M Judd vs Zukertort / Hoffer, 1883
Honza Cervenka: Quite entertaining game where blacks were lucky winners in the end. Mr. Judd missed a nice opportunity to finish the game with 26.Rxa6!! with idea 26....Bxd1 27.Qg2!! (diagram) and black has no satisfactory defense against threat 28.Qc6+ with mating attack, as 27...Qe8 leads ...
   Nov-01-20 V Baranova vs A Cernikova, 1992
Honza Cervenka: 21.Rxd5(?) was a little combo with a tactical hole, as after 21...Qxd5! 22.Bc4 Qxc4 23.Nxc4 Be2 black wins the second minor piece getting thus Rook, Bishop and Knight for the lost Queen and Pawn, which is more than enough, but both players missed that. Btw, I know Ms. ...
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  OhioChessFan: The BR defends e8...the BN prevents check at's coming together...
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  Honza Cervenka: <OhioChessFan: I've heard passed Pawns must be pushed...>

Yes, passed Pawns must be pushed.... and underpromoted.;-)

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  Honza Cervenka: 1.g7 Qxg7 2.d6+ Kb8 3.Re8+ Rxe8 4.d7+ Nc7+ 5.Bxc7+ Kxc7 6.dxe8=N+ and 7.Nxg7 +-
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  jith1207: And then there is the small matter of mating the king with a bishop and a knight.

Still better than these two against a queen.

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  Penguincw: Hi <Honza Cervenka>. Happy Sweet Sixteen to you!on this site!
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  Honza Cervenka: <Penguincw> Thanks! :-)
Jan-30-19  JimNorCal: Mr Honza Cervenka, whose picture is your icon?
Is that you, or a well known chess player or ...?
Jan-30-19  JimNorCal: It's a classic look, simple yet elegant.
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  offramp: It's Simon Winawer.
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  offramp: <JimNorCal: It's a classic look> There is something wrong with it. Mr Winawer should look towards the centre of the page.

I had that problem with my avatar: Mr Pike was looking to the left, off the screen. I asked Daniel and he reversed the photo.

Now Mr Pike looks to the centre. This is regularly done in the newspaper and magazine business.

Sometimes it is done to chess scenes, and results in a black square at "h1" (a1 in real life).

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  Honza Cervenka: Black to move wins:

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  OhioChessFan: There's got to be a problem with that position. Any King move to the third rank wins. While trying to figure out what you intended, I found this:

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Black to play and win

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  Honza Cervenka: <OhioChessFan> In your diagram 1...Kf1 is apparently the only reasonable move. In my diagram 1...Kf4! 2.a5! Ke4! is the solution. 1...Kg4 with idea to take both white KS Pawns is insufficient for 2.a5 Kxh5 3.Kd2 Kxg6 4.Kc2 h5 5.Kb2 h4 6.Ka3 h3 7.Ka4 h2 8.a3 with inevitable stalemate. Also 1...Kf4 2.a5 Kg5 fails to win due to the same stalemate trick. After 1...Kf4! 2.a5! Ke4! white is in zugzwang, as any Pawn move leaves him without that stalemate defense, which indirectly covers white KS Pawns, and after 3.Kd2 Kf3 4.Kc2 Ke2 5.Kb2 Kd2 6.Ka3 Kxc3 7.Ka4 Kd2 (of course not 7...Kb2 8.a3 with stalemate) 8.a3 c3 etc. there is no stalemate, as white can play 9.Kb3.
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  OhioChessFan: Yes, Kf1 is the only move. I can't believe I missed the stalemate in yours. Oddly enough, I knew if I was missing something-which I was "sure" I wasn't, I knew Kf4 had to be the puzzle move.
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  Ron: A suggested game for your Missed Chances collection:

W Leonhardt vs O Ferreira, 1976

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  Ron: Here's a suggested game for your Missed Chances collection. Zukertort's sacrifice was not sound; his opponent missed the one move that refutes it.

Zukertort vs W A Lindsay, 1874

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  keypusher: There’s a Cervenka playing football for Clemson. :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: <keypusher: There’s a Cervenka playing football for Clemson. :-)>

Well, I used to play football (soccer) some thirty years ago but this is a bit different kind of sport than "American football", and unfortunately I never was in Clemson. The nearest place to Clemson I have ever visited is Mexico City....:-)

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  Honza Cervenka: Today I have played quite interesting Rook ending:

[Event "Prague team ch"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "2020.02.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Cervenka, Jan"]
[Black "Steiner, Juraj"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B35"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Variation "Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern, 7.Bc4 Qa5"] [PlyCount "113"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Be3 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. O-O d6 9. f3 O-O 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Qb4 12. Qd3 d5 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Bxd5 Qxb2 16. Rab1 Qf6 17. Bxb7 Rb8 18. Bxc8 Rfxc8 19. Rxb8 Rxb8 20. Rd1 Rb2 21. a3 Qb6+ 22. Qd4+ Qxd4+ 23. Rxd4 Rxc2 24. Rd7 a6 25. Ra7 Rc6 26. a4 e5 27. a5 h5 28. h4 Kf8 29. Kf2 Kg7 30. Ke3 Rc3+ 31. Kd2 Rc6 32. Kd3 Kf8 33. g3 Kg7 34. f4 exf4 35. gxf4 Rf6 36. Ke3 Rc6 37. e5 Kf8 38. Kd4 Rc1 39. Rxa6 Rh1 40. Rf6 Rxh4 41. a6 Rh1 42. Kc5 Ke7 43. a7 Ra1 44. Kb6 h4 45. Kb7 Rxa7+ 46. Kxa7 h3 47. Rc6 h2 48. Rc1 Ke6 49. Kb6 Kf5 50. Rf1 f6 51. exf6 Kxf6 52. Kc5 Kf5 53. Kd4 Kg4 54. Ke5 Kg3 55. Kf6 Kg2 56. Ra1 Kg3 57. Kg5 1-0

42.Kc5 was a mistake which could allow black escape from lost position after 42...h4! 43.e6! (43.a7 Ra1 44.Kb6?? h3 even loses, though 44.f5 Rxa7 45.fxg6 Kg7 46.gxf7 Rxf7 47.Rb6 leads to draw) 43...Rc1+ 44.Kd6 Rd1+ 45.Kc7 h3 46.Rxf7+ Kg8 47.a7 Ra1 48.Kd8! h2 49.e7 Rd1+ 50.Kc7 Rc1+ 51.Kb6 Rb1 52.Kc5 Rc1+ 53.Kd4 Rd1+ 54.Kc3 Rc1+ 55.Kd2 Rd1+! (this deserves diagram, both Rooks are en prise but none can be taken)

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56.Ke2 Re1+! 57.Kf2 (now 57...Rf1+? would be a grave mistake for 58.Kg3 and white wins but now black can finaly promote his h-Pawn, as the Rook from e1 covers else threatening e8=Q#) 57...h1=Q 58.a8=Q+ Qxa8 (58...Kxf7 is still not an option for 59.Qf8+ Ke6 60.e8=Q+ +-) 59.Rf8+ Qxf8 60.exf8=Q+ Kxf8 61.Kxe1 =. Fascinating line.

Of course, correct continuation was 42.e6! with idea 42...Ke7 43.exf7! Kf8 44.Kc5 +-

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  Honza Cervenka: Experience from the Chessgames Challenge game Y Shulman vs The World, 2007 was quite useful for me today:

[Event "Prague team ch"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "2020.02.20"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Pospisil, Evzen"]
[Black "Cervenka, Jan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E11"]
[WhiteElo "2063"]
[Termination "normal"]
[PlyCount "102"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. Qc2 c6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. b3 b6 10. Bc3 Ne4 11. Bb2 Bb7 12. Nbd2 Ndf6 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14. Rfd1 Rc8 15. Rac1 Bd6 16. Nd2 f5 17. Nxe4 fxe4 18. f4 Qf6 19. e3 Qg6 20. Qe2 h5 21. Bh3 Rce8 22. Kh1 Qh6 23. Rf1 h4 24. gxh4 Qxh4 25. Qg4 Qh6 26. Rg1 Rf6 27. Qg5 Kf7 28. Qxh6 Rxh6 29. Bg4 g5 30. Rcf1 gxf4 31. exf4 Reh8 32. Rg2 Ke7 33. Bc1 R6h7 34. Be3 c5 35. Rff2 Rf8 36. cxd5 exd5 37. f5 Kf6 38. Rc2 cxd4 39. Bxd4+ Be5 40. Bxe5+ Kxe5 41. Kg1 d4 42. Rg3 d3 43. Rc4 Bd5 44. Ra4 Rf6 45. h3 Rc7 46. Kf2 Rc2+ 47. Ke3 a5 48. Bd1 Rh2 49. Bg4 Rxf5 50. Rg1 Rff2 51. Re1 Rfg2 0-1

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  Fusilli: The diagrammed position in the analysis of Cervenka v Steiner is cool! How about a little craziness... imagine if after 56.Ke2 Re1+ 57.Kf2 black, for some reason, doesn't realize he can promote. Instead, he plays 57...Rxe7:

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It may be black's second best move.

White has two options. Let's discard 58.Rxe7 h1=Q 59.Re8+ Kf7 60.a8=Q

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Black plays 60...Qh2+ and has perpetual, no question about it. White can never cover checks with the queen without losing the rook.

So, let's look at 58.a8=Q+ Kxf7, where black will play for this position:

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Would this be a tough nut to crack? Black would have to keep his king one square from f7 any time that white threatens to play Qxf5 (with the white king on e4 or g4, obviously). But the black king would also have to be on a square where white does not gain the opposition after the exchange of Q vs R, even if white doesn't take the pawn on f5 immediately.

I think white should play 59.Qh8, which seems most annoying. Can black still reach the "ideal" position after 59...h1=Q 60.Qxh1 Kg7?

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Probably most annoying is 61.Qa1+. After 61...Kh7 (61...Kf7 62.Qh8 seems too strong) white approaches a square at a time with 62.Qa2 Kg7 63.Qb2+ Kh7 64.Qb3 Kg7 65.Qc3+ Kh7 66.Qc4 Kg7 67.Qd4+ Kh7 68.Qd5 Kg7 and now the fortress fails to 69.Kf3 Rf7 70.Kg4

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I think this is winning. 70...Rf5 fails to 71.Qxf5 gxf5 72.Kg5, opposition! Other attempts to hold will meet similar exchanges of the queen for the rook with a winning outcome, or white can play f5 for a winning Q v R endgame if black moves the rook away from the f-file.

I must say I worked through this without pieces and without chess software, so forgive me if I omitted something obvious!

Mar-03-20  Boomie: <Fusilli>


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If 70...Rf5 71.Qxf5 gxf5 72.Kg5, then the sneaky 72...Kf8 draws.

The winning technique involves maneuvering black into a weaker position according to the table base.

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  Fusilli: <Boomie> Oooh... cool! Opposition, opposition! The one with the last opposition laugh wins... or draws.
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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: I've heard passed Pawns must be pushed...>

I have been told Yasser Seirawan said <Push 'em, baby!>

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  Ron: Here's a game with a Missed Chance:

C G M Watson vs D Marotti, 1922

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