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Honza Cervenka
Member since Sep-04-02 · Last seen Nov-29-22
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 11541 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-22 K Walbrodt vs Alapin, 1892
Honza Cervenka: Time?
   Nov-28-22 A Yegiazarian vs Lputian, 1994
Honza Cervenka: 19.Nxd5 was an incorrect combination but black almost let white slip of the hook after 22...Nc5(?), which could have been followed with 23.Qxb6. Instead of 22...Nc5 much better would have been 22...Be4! with idea 23.dxe6 Bxf3 (threatening with Qxg5+ with mate) 24.Qxf3 Qxg5+ ...
   Nov-27-22 Flohr vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1954 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: 84.Rh8 was a blunder. After 84.Rd8+ Ke2 85.Rd6 white is still in the game.
   Nov-26-22 Lobron vs W Schmidt, 1988
Honza Cervenka: After 25.Bb8(?) black could win two pieces for Rook after simple 25...Rxc6 with next Qxb8. Instead of that he sacrificed the Rook on h3 and lost the game quickly after suicidal 26.Qh6(?). 26...Rc3! was a chance for black to stay in the game.
   Nov-26-22 M Herink vs Opocensky, 1957 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: Instructive lesson on good Knight vs bad Bishop theme.
   Nov-22-22 Euwe vs A van den Hoek, 1942
Honza Cervenka: 22.Nxg5 was better than 22.Qxd7, which allows black to equalize. After 22.Nxg5 h6 23.Nxf7! Be6 24.Nxh6+ gxh6 25.axb5 axb5 26.Rxa8 Rxa8 27.Qxh6 white gets three Pawns for a Knight, and black King is naked.
   Nov-21-22 Petrov vs R Grau, 1939 (replies)
Honza Cervenka: Very cute positional gem.
   Nov-20-22 Reshevsky vs W Adams, 1939
Honza Cervenka: 16...b4 was a mistake. 16...h6 would have been better.
   Nov-17-22 Hodgson vs Paunovic, 1996
Honza Cervenka: 20.Bxh7+ is objectively weak move. Simple 20.Qh5 wins easily.
   Nov-16-22 Metodej Gargulak
Honza Cervenka: <Black draws though with 25...hxg6> Well, 24.Rxe5 Qxe5 25.Ng6 hxg6 26.Qxe5 cxd5 27.Qxd5 definitely gives black sufficient material equivalent for his lost Queen.
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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.


Apr-16-22  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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  MissScarlett: Are you there?
Aug-01-22  belgradegambit: Is there anyone with an older member since day than Honza?
Aug-02-22  stone free or die: <belgradegambit> that's an interesting question.

I thought I once had a list of some of the more significant early members of <CG>, but I just spent 5-10 minutes looking for it with no success.

I think I used Wayback to look at very early kibitzing history on <CG>, and culled out the names I recognized.

Easy to redo - but I won't be doing so just now.

We can agree though that <Honza> is one of the early's.

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  Honza Cervenka: <belgradegambit: Is there anyone with an older member since day than Honza?>

I am here nearly 20 years since September 2002. There were many people here already then but many of them are inactive for a long time and some of them are unfortunately dead. And some of them like User: refutor occasionally pop up after long time just to say hello to old friends. But quite a lot of people are here since 2003 or 2004.

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  Benzol: Well I for one am glad that Honza was and is still here. How are you doing old friend ? 😊
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  Honza Cervenka: <Benzol> I am still alive, and that is quite satisfactory.
Aug-14-22  Ron: Here's a suggestion for Missed Chance:
E Kharous vs Tarig Elther Mohammed, 2015
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