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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Jul-04-22
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 11298 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-04-22 Menchik vs W Winter, 1930
Honza Cervenka: 18...Kf8 was a bit better but a losing move is 19...Rac8?? 19...Nxe5 was necessary.
   Jul-04-22 W Pollock vs Gunsberg, 1886
Honza Cervenka: 15.g3 loses instantly. After 15.Nf3 Ng3+ 16.Nxg3 Rxe2 17.Nxh4 fxg3 18.hxg3 black is a bit better but white can still resist.
   Jul-04-22 Blackburne vs O Bernstein, 1914
Honza Cervenka: In final position white could have continued 36.f4 exf4+ 37.gxf4 c5 38.b4 cxb4 39.d4 with some advantage. Black must be still quite careful here to avoid big troubles.
   Jul-04-22 Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1914
Honza Cervenka: 30.Bxa7 was worth of consideration.
   Jun-30-22 Capablanca vs Tarrasch, 1914
Honza Cervenka: <FSR> This is not much fair comparison. Of course 3-0 from three tournament games played in the span of 13 years against Max Euwe is good for Lasker, and his win from Zurich 1934 was a brilliancy, but it is not very representative sample for serious research, not to ...
   Jun-30-22 Lasker vs Euwe, 1923
Honza Cervenka: 54...e5 55.Kf5 Re8 56.a3 Nd1 should lead to a draw. And if 56.Rb2, then simply 56...e4 57.fxe4 Rxe4 with draw not far away.
   Jun-30-22 E Varain vs Lipke, 1893
Honza Cervenka: White played well until quite unfortunate slip 25.Bxd4?? leading to a tactical melee with pins and counter-pins, where black pins are mightier. After 25.Bd6 Kh7 26.Rh4 white could have been still in the game.
   Jun-30-22 Metger vs Lipke, 1893
Honza Cervenka: Why not 29...Nxd3?
   Jun-30-22 Paulsen vs Anderssen, 1862 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: <DEDEKSACHISTA: Unfortunate 29...Qa4 lets white run the table Exchange of Queens 29...Qxe2 lets black into game> I don't think so. After 29...Qxe2 30.Bxe2 Bxg3 31.Bb5 I don't see how black is going to stop white passers.
   Jun-30-22 Capablanca vs Lasker, 1924
Honza Cervenka: <Howard: Regarding the comment about four comments back, I'm not sure that 29.Nxd5 would have been a good idea, for 29...Rc2+ looks a bit nasty for White's king.> After 29.Nxd5 Rc2+ 30.Kg3 h4+ (what else?) 31.Kh3 with a threat of 32.Qe5+ and 33.Nxe7 black is in great ...
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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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Good afternoon.

I wanted to let you know that your latest uploads went through ok on 69/70, but this one here was rejected because it is already in our database:

J Lendl vs F Zita, 1964

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  Honza Cervenka: <jessicafischerqueen>

That's okay. I am trying to sort and upload just those games which are missing in database but sometimes I can overlook the fact that the game is already there.

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  Stonehenge: <Honza>

Is this maybe the same player?

Gyorgy Meszaros

Gyula Meszaros

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  Honza Cervenka: Yes, it is Gyorgy Meszaros. attributes this game to Gyula Meszaros but it is apparently a mistake, as IM Gyula Meszaros was born in 1967.
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  Stonehenge: Thanks, I've merged the player files.
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  Stonehenge: Alexandre Van Hoorde vs J Fichtl, 1954 has Ghent (Gent) and Edouard van Hoorde.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Stonehenge> Edouard is correct name. Once again my source attributed by mistake games of a historical player to a current one with the same surname. I have no exact information in which city that friendly match of Belgium and Czechoslovakia took place but I guess that a Belgian source focused on history of Belgian chess should know it better. So it is Ghent. But it applies to the other games from the match as well.
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  Stonehenge: Thanks, it's fixed:

BEL-CSR (1954).

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  juan31: Thanks <Mr. Cervenka >, Gracias
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  sachistu: Hello <Honza Cervenka>. Can you tell me what the somewhat cryptic letters 'ar' mean at the end of game notes in Ceskoslovensky Sach? I saw the same two characters ('ar') used at the end of some of the notes in the Trencanske Teplice 1949 tournament book. I did not recognize those letters compared to ones used for Pachman, Louma, Richter, and others. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
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  MissScarlett: Your pun entry, <One-Cent Magenta>, does it have any special relevance to the game?
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  Honza Cervenka: <MissScarlett: Your pun entry, <One-Cent Magenta>, does it have any special relevance to the game?>

Yes, there is a connection with the surname of the player with black pieces, as "One-Cent Magenta" or "British Guiana 1c magenta", which is probably the most famous rare postage stamp among philatelists, was autographed by a post office clerk named Edmond D. Wight.

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  Honza Cervenka: <sachistu> It is quite difficult question, as now I have not access to old volumes of Ceskoslovensky Sach but I guess that "ar" can be Jaroslav Sajtar or Ladislav Alster. I will try to investigate this matter.
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  Stonehenge: I believe I have seen "ar" after incomplete game scores, but I'm not sure. Don't take my word for it.
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  sachistu: I appreciate your time <Honza Cervenka>. I have quite a number of older years of Ceskoslovensky Sach.

Usually, when Alster is the annotator, you will see L.A., or if it is Louma, it will be J.L. or Pachman (L.P) etc. However, quite often I see the lower-case 'ar'. I always assumed this was a group editorial collaboration, but I have never seen any confirmation.

Again, anything you discover is welcome and appreciated.

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  Stonehenge: Maybe it's an abbreviation of arbitrážní?

Just speculating :)

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  sachistu: <Stonehenge> Are you suggesting this meant adjudication? If so, I doubt it very much (1) it occurs far too often and (2) it appears with a space between the last move of the game score and the string 'ar'.

My experience has been that a note of adjudication appears immediately after the last move, or depending upon the page layout, immediately on the next line after the last move of the score. It's a thought, though.

I thought it best to ask someone like <Honza> who was familiar with the language. That's the problem with these 2 and 3-letter abbreviations; you are left with speculation (unless it's quite obvious what was intended). Regardless, thanks for your input as well.

Jan-25-22  Z truth 000000001: Could someone be so kind to provide a link to an example of "ar" in an online accessible book or magazine?

I'd like to have a quick look - thanks.


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  Ron: Here is game with a Missed Chance by Tarrasch:

Mackenzie vs Tarrasch, 1887

A kibitzer gives computer analysis showing 24....Rxg2! wins.

Before that move, Tarrasch's pieces are pointing in the surrounding area of White's king, and one might think that there has to be a successful attack somewhere.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Ron> Thanks!
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  sachistu: Hello <Honza Cervenka>. Regarding my question from Dec 21st, I was re-examining the Trencanske Teplice 1949 tournament book. Near the rear (page 297) there is an Epilogue (Doslov) page. One of the items covered on the page is a key to the abbreviations used for the multiple annotators of the games in the book.

In some cases, the abbreviated names are in upper case i.e. LP for Ludevit Potucek, others in lower case i.e. lp for Ludek Pachman.

Among the names and abbreviations is -ar for Jaroslav Sajtar and JS for Jan Sefc. Now why the book (and Czech magazines) chose to use -ar, rather than -js is a bit of a mystery to me.

Jaroslav Sajtar was a well-known player and frequent annotator and/or editor, so while this may not be 100% conclusive, it's close enough for me to believe he was the mysterious -ar I often saw in magazines like Ceskoslovensky Sach and others.

Just wanted to let you need to research further. Sorry I failed to notice this earlier.

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  Honza Cervenka: <sachistu> So my first guess that "ar" can be Jaroslav Sajtar was correct after all.
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  sachistu: Yes <Honza Cervenka> your instincts were correct! I'm still puzzled why '-ar' would be used, but it's a moot point now since we know who it was.
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  Honza Cervenka: <sachistu> "-ar" are last two letters of Sajtar's surname and it was free for use then unlike "js" (used by Jan Sefc).
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