|Dec-12-08|| ||Karpova: <CHESS CONGRESS ENDS.; N.Y. State Association's Tourneys Aboard Steamer Alexandria. To Reopen Vailsburg Track.|
Special to The New York Times.
June 30, 1907, Sunday
Section: SPORTING NEWS SECTION, Page S2, 377 words
CHARLOTTE, N.Y., June 29. -- The mid-summer congress of the New York State Chess Association, which was held on board the steamer Alexandria on her trip from this port to Quebec and return, came to a conclusion this evening, when the steamer with the members of the association and their friends arrived safely in this port.
In the trophy contest Julius Finn, the Empire State champion, carried away first prize; Leon Rosen, the Rice Chess Club's representative, was second; the champion of the Brooklyn Chess Club, Charles Curt, received the third prize. Next in order came Eugene Delmar of the Manhattan Chess Club, Dr. H. Keidanz of the Rice Gambit Association, and J. D. Daly of Boston.
The first and second prizes in the general tournament were taken by Harry Zirn of Brooklyn and F. N. Searle of Rome. Both having an equal total of wins, the committee decided to divide the prize money, award a gold medal to each of these players, and allow each man to hold the trophy, a silver cup, for six months. Zirn won the toss and thus carries the silver cup with him to Brooklyn.>
1. Finn 4.0/5
2. Rosen 3.5/5
3. Curt 3.0/5
4. Delmar 2.0/5
5. Keidanz 1.5/5
6. Daly 1.0/5
1-2. Searle 6.0/7
1-2. Zirn 6.0/7
3. Sharp 4.5/7
4. Driver 4.0/7
5. Guyer 3.5/7
6. Ring 3.0/7
7. Waller 1.0/7
8. Sims 0.0/7
|Jun-06-16|| ||MissScarlett: The Pawn, August 15, 1910, p.61:
<In the death, from a surgical operation, of Chas. Curt, a member of the Brooklyn Chess Club, the chess fraternity loses one of its most able and active members. He won the title of champion of this organization, but his match of five games up in 1908, with Magnus Smith, champion of Canada, who located in New York City, was the most noteworthy event in his career. Curt won the first game and Smith obtained four and drew three out of the next seven games. Then the loser recouped and won three and drew four, tying the score. The contestants, not desiring to have one game decide the championship, agreed to call the contest off. Mr. Curt's profession was that of a musician.>
|May-06-17|| ||MissScarlett: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 17th 1910, p.49:
<Charles Curt, for the last ten years a prominent member of the Brooklyn Chess Club, of which he was the champion in 1907, died yesterday morning in St. Peter's Hospital, where he had been a patient since June 4 last. Dr. F. W. Wunderlich, also of the Brooklyn Chess Club, under whose care he had been since April, stated yesterday that the deceased expert had been ailing a month before his attention had been drawn to his condition. Symptoms of aphasia developed, which later were found to be due to a tumor of the brain. This, Dr. Wunderlich declared, had nothing whatever to do with his interest in chess, and was entirely independent of his occupation.
Mr. Curt, who was one of the best liked of the regular attendants at local chess headquarters, was not only a powerful match and tournament player, but an enthusiastic analyst and student of modern theory. In the openings he was regarded as one of the most proficient of metropolitan players, and frequently surprised visiting masters by his intimate knowledge of the games they had contested in international tournaments.
By profession Mr. Curt was a pianist of acknowledged skill, and this accomplishment widened largely his circle of friends here. He joined the Brooklyn Chess Club shortly after his arrival from Germany, where he was born near Leipzic, on July 6, forty-two years ago. His mother and brother survive him there. He had no relatives in this country. The funeral will take place at St. Peter's Hospital at 2 o'clock to-morrow afternoon.>
The paper duly reported on his funeral, two days later. He was buried in the family plot of William M De Visser in Green-Wood Cemetery.
|May-06-17|| ||MissScarlett: I updated Curt's D.O.B on the strength of the <BDE> obituary; Helms attended the funeral, so knew him better than most.|