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Daniel Edelman vs John A Curdo
Connecticut State Championship (1983), Hartford, Connecticut, Jul-23
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Advance Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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May-16-13  Patriot: 18...Nxf3+ looks pretty good.

19.gxf3 Qg5+ wins material back at least.

20.Kf2 Bh3 looks really bad for white.

May-16-13  LIFE Master AJ: I don't know what the solution is.
(I have not looked yet, typing this is <notepad> from of the main screen.)

Only two Candidate moves I see, 18...RxB/e3; and 18...NxP/f3+. (I also looked at Queen takes Pawn on f3, but that did not seem to lead anywhere.)

I think I opt for 18...NxP/f3+; followed, by 19...Qg5+; but I am not sure if this is right or not. (I only spent about two minutes max looking at the problem.)

I have a new regimen. First week, I take all the time I want. Second week, two minutes max on the easy ones, 5 for the hard ones. Believe it or not, I score better when I go with my first impulse, often times analysis does not always get me where I want to go.

A couple of weeks ago, I spent like 45 minutes on a Friday problem.

May-16-13  LIFE Master AJ: On the hard ones (during the week I can use as much times as I like), I will occasionally set up a chess board and move the pieces around.
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  whiteshark: Quite a cross-pin, isn't it?
May-16-13  howlwolf: AJ, What's a chessboard? I just look at a computer screen. Count me for the Rxf3+ group;I liked the mating position after Kf2.
May-17-13  LIFE Master AJ: Oh, BTW. Nice game by a New England legend ... I have heard several people talk about this guy, a really great player. (Maybe not GM strength, but he certainly was a very solid master.)
May-17-13  RookFile: He was easily upwards of 2500 in strength and could have gotten the IM title if it was important enough to him.
May-17-13  LIFE Master AJ: I take it - you were a fan? (Did you know him personally?)
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  perfidious: <RookFile: (Curdo) was easily upwards of 2500 in strength and could have gotten the IM title if it was important enough to him.>

No doubt of that.

As to the last question, I knew John very well indeed; we met at the board somewhere in the neighbourhood of forty times.

May-17-13  Tiggler: <LMAJ> Never mind his rating: let his games speak for him. This one certainly does.
May-17-13  RookFile: Played him like 4 times. A real gentleman.
May-18-13  LIFE Master AJ: << <Tiggler> Never mind his rating: let his games speak for him. This one certainly does. <<<>>> >>

Yup ... no argument there.

<RookFile> Post the PGN on Curdo's player page ... I am curious.

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  perfidious: The tired old brain just recollected something more, in re <RookFile>'s post I quoted: the Massachusetts state magazine <Chess Horizons> published an interview <ca> 1980 with Art Bisguier in which, inter alia, I believe he mentioned that Curdo had the strength to become IM; moreover, Bisguier remarked that Roman Dzindzichashvili was strong enough to qualify for the candidates matches.
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  chancho: <AJ> If you meant that you're curious of <RookFile>'s games vs Curdo, here's one:

W D Collins vs J Curdo, 2001

May-19-13  LIFE Master AJ: <chancho> Thanks!!

I was teaching chess yesterday.

I spoke to one of our chess club members, J. Perciballi. Apparently, his parents were good friends, one of the Curdo family worked at the bank, and he wishes (now) he had taken lessons from John Curdo when he was in High School.

I told him if he had, he would have probably been giving me chess lessons!

May-19-13  LIFE Master AJ: Apparently, he is from that area, he grew up is Massachusetts.
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  perfidious: <AJ: ....BTW, I once heard someone say - I shall not say who - that Curdo was NOT a creative player....>

Be curious to know who made such a foolish statement-this one takes the cake.

Had they been on the receiving end of a Curdo attack, one would be hearing rather a different tune.

May-21-13  LIFE Master AJ: A user on this site e-mailed me these comments and asked that I respond.

< May-19-13 <perfidious>: < <AJ: ....BTW, I once heard someone say - I shall not say who - that Curdo was NOT a creative player....> < Be curious to know who made such a foolish statement-this one takes the cake.

< Had they been on the receiving end of a Curdo attack, one would be hearing rather a different tune. <<<>>> >>>>

I was actually AT a tournament in NE, it had to been at least 10-15 years back. I personally heard it with my own ears ... and it stuck. (I guess I was dumb enough to buy into it, at least a little bit.)

Anyway, at this late date, I do not remember who said it. (Honestly.) However, to amend for any possible error <on my part>, I have reviewed about 10-15 of Curdo's games, I can say he is BOTH a strong AND a creative player as well, I saw no evidence of a repeated, hackneyed line.

May-21-13  RookFile: Continue to be amused at those who say I played 2. Qh5 against John Curdo. I appreciate the move and the cheek behind it, but alas, it was not me.
May-21-13  LIFE Master AJ: <RookFile> My deepest and sincerest apologies! (Does anyone know who posted that game?)
May-21-13  LIFE Master AJ: J Curdo vs D Kopec, 1969 (Curdo soundly defeats Kopec in a Sicilian, albeit - from the White side.)

I don't see Curdo using openings other than 1...e5. Maybe what the person - who made the comment - meant was that Curdo only plays certain openings. (For example, he mostly seems to answer 1.e4 with 1...e5.) Of course, there is nothing wrong with this. Once a blue moon, I will answer the KP with 1...e5; although it is fairly well-known that I prefer the Sicilian.

May-23-13  RookFile: Curdo was playing the Leningrad Dutch with black long before it became popular.
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  perfidious: We had at least two games in the Leningrad before I switched to playing 1.e4 against John in most of our games from 1985 onwards, the exception being the very last: A Shaw vs J Curdo, 2001.
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  chancho: I noticed that this game and the one Curdo played with Joel Johnson are exactly the same:

J Johnson vs J Curdo, 1980

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  perfidious: <chancho> Joel occasionally posts here under the moniker <FearNoEvil>--maybe he will spot this and weigh in with a word on things.
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