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Curdo, John

John Anthony Curdo was born on November 14, 1931 in Lynn, Massachusetts and now lives in Auburn, Massachusetts.  He is a FIDE master (current Elo rating  2275, maximum Elo rating 2305).  He has won the Massachusetts state championship 18 times [1948 (age 16), 1949 (tied with Gerhard Katz), 1955, 1957, 1958 (tied with Siff and Popovich), 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1969 (tied with Ed Formanek), 1970, 1975 (tied with John Peters), 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1985].  He won the New England Open championship six times [1956, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1973, and 1976 (losing on tie-break in 1963 and 1974)].  He was won the U.S. Senior Open twice (1982 (tied with Larry Evans) and 1986).  He has been one of the top players in the New England area for over 50 years, winning 820 tournaments in his career as of August, 2009 (perhaps a world record).  He was the first master to play a chess computer in a rated tournament (Greater Boston Open, October 9, 1971).

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