Monday, September 17, 2018

John Curdo, 86, Wins 934th Chess Event

John Curdo, 86, 

Wins 934th Chess Event



John Curdo, 86, of Auburn Wins 934th Chess Event in Worcester...What an amazing feat!


While athletic sports heroes come and go, who keeps track of people in mind sports who have won or tied for first in 900-plus organized and many USCF-rated chess events over eight decades (since 1948)? This writer does, and a few other stoic chess historians such as George Mirijanian of Fitchburg also do. 


John Curdo, 86, of Auburn, has outlived many in his own fan club, but he keeps on going most Thursday nights at Donna Alarie's Greater Worcester Chess Club that runs at least one nationally rated tournament each month at the Hibernian Cultural Center, Temple Street in Worcester.


Curdo notched his 934th victory by grinding out three wins and one draw against strong competition who has studied his club and tournament games for decades, and a few who have taken lessons from him even before he became a Central Massachusetts resident decades ago after living in Billerica, Chelmsford and Lynn many of his earlier years.


Curdo dominated the 10-player Open section of the August Amiable Open by defeating Hermenegildo Neto, Donna Alarie, and Rawl Rutter and drawing Michael Odell, who took second. In the Under-1750 section, 11 battled in the summer classic event directed by Alonzo Ross, assisted by Alarie and Rutter who are the club's most active certified TD's. The rating report crosstables are in the US Chess Member Service area along with every USCF rated tournament since 1992, though many of the individual results of the rated and unrated events from the 50-plus years from 1939-53 have been lost.


What is so very amazing to me, who has been organizing, directing and reporting on chess events for 49 years, is that John Anthony Curdo was winning tournaments (like the 1948 Mass. Open) before I was born (in 1951). What is doubly amazing was that I competed in hundreds of rated events (mostly before 1990 with a peak rating of 1790, and never won a single event or class prize. If winning 934 events over the board (not online) is amazing, knowing someone who competed in that many events and made such a contribution to New England chess, has been one of my great life pleasures of 67 years, even if I never compete in another chess tournament during my lifetime.

Stephen Dann, New England Chess Organizer


 





 




















HARVARD OPEN 2018: FORMER BCC CHAMP NM LAWYER TIMES SHARES 1-2ND WITH JUAN CARLOS LIZARAZO, 3.5 POINTS // HARVARD'S DAVID STONER, BARY LISAK SHARE 1-2ND U2000 WITH 3.5 POINTS // OLIVER SPOHNGELLIERT, IAN VAN HULLE, 1-2ND U1400, WITH 3.5 POINTS // ANI PERL, BRIAN LI, SHOURI RAO MOSALIGANTI, VINAMRA JAIN, 1-4TH, U800, WITH 3 POINTS EACH // 86 PLAY

HARVARD OPEN 2018
RADCLIFFE QUAD
CAMBRIDGE, MA
IN 4 SECTIONS: OPEN, U2000, U1400, U800
OPEN SECTION
Former BCC Champion NM Lawyer Times vs Columbian National
Joan Carlos Lizarazo: draw! Sharing 1-2nd place in the Open Section.
 NM Lawyer Times, white vs Karthik Sai Padmanabhan, Round 3.
Juan Carlos Lizarazo vs. Daniil Mosiyenko, Round 2
IM David Vigorito plays FM Bill Kelleher, Round 4.
David won this game for a piece of 3-4th place.
Bill racked up 2.5 points to share 5-8th place.
FM Bill Kelleher, post mortem with Natasha Christiansen Round 2.
IM David Vigorito vs Dustin Liang, Round 3.
 
NM Josue Velazquez Martinez (Mexico) vs Michael Rosenbaum
(Harvard), Round 4. Josue won this game and shared 3-4th place.
FM Nathan Solon plays white vs Holger Droessler, Round 4.
Nathan won this game and shared a piece of 5-8th place.
 
Jake Garbarino (2202!), black vs FM Nathan Solon, 0-1! Round 2.
BCC players NM Farzad Abdi plays black vs WCM
Natasha Christiansen, Round 3. Farzad won this game
and took a share of 5th through 8th place.
Michael Rosenbaum vs Ella Papanek, Round 2.
Holger Droessler vs Alan Curtis Price, Round 3.
 Joaquin Carlson vs Ella Papanek, Round 4.
U2000 
Kishore Sivarajan plays David Stoner, Round 3.
David was undefeated with 3.5 points to share 1-2nd
place. Kishore had a rating upgrade of +43 to 1710
with 2.5 points.
Stoner v Andrew The, Round 2. Andrew scored
3 points to share 3-8th place.
Annie Zhao, black vs Bary Lisak, Round 4.
Bary won this game and a share of 1-2nd place.
Annie finished with 2.5 points.




 Hope Tariro Ndhlovu (USA/Zimbabwe/Harvard), 
black vs David Stoner, Round 4: draw!
Hope scored 3 points to share 3-8th place.
 Hope Tariro Ndhlovu, black vs BCC regular Benjamin Yin, Round 2.
 WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic plays white vs Amir Zargari
Round 2. Vesna scored 3 points to share 3-8th place.
Maruthi Kishore Tiruveedhula, black vs 
Stephen Brudno, Round 3. Stephen scored 3 points
to share 3-8th place.
BCC regular and Asst TD David Milliern plays black
vs BCC regular Maruthi Kishore Tiruveedhula,
in Round 2.  David scored 3 points to share
in 3-8th place.
WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic, white vs David Milliern,
Round 4: draw!
Siddharth Vittal Kotian, white vs Prachi Dayal, Round 3.
Siddharth scored 3 points to share 3-8th place.
Jeremy Seth Rosenholtz vs Henry He, Round 3.
(background): Y Owen Ji vs Sophia Zada Rosenholtz
Jeremy's daughter.
U1400
Zach Ward vs Oliver Spohngellert, Round 4.
Oliver scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place.
 Zach scored 3 points to share 3-6th place.
James Leduc vs Ian Van Hulle, Round 2.
Ian scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place.
Leduc vs Van Hulle
Ryan Sun vs Gordon Redwine, Round 4.
Gordon won this game and scored 3 to share 3-6th place.
 U800
Ani Perl, black vs Vinamra Jain, Round 3.
Ani scored 3 points to share 1-4th place.
CHIEF TD 
Nicholas Sterling, Ph.D.
BRAVO, NICK!!
GREAT JOB!!
SCENES FROM 
AROUND
THE HALL
 Stellar Venue!
Round 4
Kids play chess!
and more kids!
Check!
Red!

 endgame
 another endgame
poised
action
opening play
 
intense calculation
kids are great!
Andrew Derek Scacchi vs Jericho Carlson.
Andrew scored 3 points in the U1400 section
to share 3-6th place.
intense endgame
the very last board in the event . . . 
very quiet, very intense
 
 paying attention . . . 
and then there is the sequence . . .
 endgame
paying attention
chess is fun!
recreation
NM Ilya Krasik does a post mortem with the kids.
Radcliffe Quad, Harvard University 
PHOTOGRAPHICS
by
STEVE STEPAK