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|Apr-04-04|| ||arthur nugent: Does anyone have Curdo's book
Forty Years at the Top?Will
buy or trade for it.
|Jul-05-04|| ||Joshka: <arthur nugent> I remember very well, one of my first events in over-the-board chess, when I was living in the Boston area, maybe around 1977 or 1978, my first event was a simul, and cannot for the life of me remember if it was against Curdo, or Rizzitano...of course I lost both games...doubt if I can find the score sheets...but was so impressed with Curdo's professionalism, a true gent and so mild mannered!....didn't know he had a book out! |
|May-18-05|| ||chancho: John Curdo taught himself the game, and became a Master who won many, and I mean many local tournaments as well as U.S. Senior Champion twice.Imagine if this guy had the resources other players had, and a great person off the board as well. God bless him.|
|May-18-05|| ||chancho: Curdo has beaten players such as Mednis, Fedorowitz,Wolff,Ivanov,and drawn Browne,and those games aren't here, what gives?|
|May-20-05|| ||chancho: Benko,another Curdo victim. Has drawn with Kavalek.... etc.|
|May-20-05|| ||perfidious: The paucity of John's games here is simply another example of how untitled players' games were often passed by in the pre-database epoch; I've lost count of how many times John and I played in New England between 1978 and 2001, the last of which is on this site-it must be at least thirty-five times in all, and I was never even one of the very best players around, just a borderline 2300 level.|
|Jun-03-05|| ||chancho: <Arthurnugent> I'm 0-2 against you Arthur, would love a rematch someday.|
|Nov-14-07|| ||rogermorin: well guys,I seem to remember many of you.I'm roger morin|
|Nov-14-07|| ||RookFile: Curdo would have easily been an IM if there were the type of opportunities to get that title that there are today.|
|Nov-14-07|| ||goldenbear: Good to see that some of Curdo's games are here. He once told me that if I had any sense I would never study chess again, and other than looking at the recent super-GM games on this site, I haven't. A smart man! I was 19 when he said that. I am now 23.|
|Dec-21-07|| ||chancho: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C...|
|Dec-19-09|| ||FearNoEvil: I agree -- easily an IM and I think he was GM strength in his prime -- I lost to him about 50 times, with 7 draws, most of those games for first place. Joel Johnson|
|Oct-04-10|| ||perfidious: <FearNoEvil> No question about it, Joel-it was just that in his best days, American players had few chances for even IM norms, much less GM, unless they went to Europe. You remember, as I do, what it was like back then. The only player from New England who got invited to anything in those days was Norman Weinstein, and he was GM strength without a doubt.|
|Dec-18-10|| ||Nunc Temus: I have Curdo's book autographed by him...|
|Jan-01-11|| ||GrahamClayton: [Event "?"]
[Site "Newton, MA"]
[Black "Curdo, John A"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 e5 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 e4 8.
Ne5 e3 9. Nxc6 exf2+ 10. Kxf2 Qxc6 11. d5 Qg6 12. e4 Nf6 13. Bxf6 Qxf6+ 14. Qf3 Qxb2+ 15. Be2 O-O 16. Rhc1 f5 17. Qc3 fxe4+ 18. Ke3 Qb6+ 0-1
Source: Bill Wall, “500 Queen’s Gambit Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985
|Jan-25-11|| ||Caissanist: When Jack Peters was asked why he moved from Massachusetts to California in the mid seventies, he said that he "got tired of playing John Curdo", after doing so 45 times.|
|Jan-27-11|| ||arthurp: John mentioned to me that he was more interested in prize money than a chess title.He was a professional player since the 70's.He made his living at chess.|
|Jan-27-11|| ||chancho: Interesting article on Curdo:
|Jan-28-11|| ||Caissanist: Thanks for the link <chancho>. I have updated Curdo's bio with some information from that article.|
|Jan-28-11|| ||falso contacto: Este debe ser uno de aquellos.
|Jan-28-11|| ||falso contacto: para mí que juancito no se acuerda.|
|Jan-31-11|| ||perfidious: <Caissanist> Peters' comment is one I well remember from his interview in CL&R in 1977, and had he stayed in the area, they'd have met far more often. Even I played him 35-40 times from 1978-2001 (almost all in 1978-87), the last of which is in this DB.|
|Mar-26-11|| ||chancho: A picture of the Dean of New England Chess:
|Apr-29-11|| ||chancho: Curdo had many old issues from Chess Horizons (1982) with a painting of himself giving a simul as the cover. He gave me one.
I remember seeing a crosstable in that issue where David Vigorito was rated 1345 (?) He of course is now an IM.
Here's the painting:
|Apr-29-11|| ||FSR: <chancho> Thanks, very interesting article. I wish I could get hold of copies of his books.|
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