We have written before that Walter Champion’s prizes in the Massachusetts Open had been sort of a beacon light that may have attracted a number of New England chess specialists to gather like moths around the annual tournament. Each player has been given the opportunity to present his victories in the slender hope that his insights could be publicly recognized and that he might be crowned single game champion by the “Champion Award.”
All very well, but a number of weeks have gone by and the tournament director, Bob Messenger, has not, so far as we know, identified the winners. Curious to know why, we e-mailed John Curdo, veteran of well over 800 tournament victories and our former column annotator, who has agreed to preside as the judge for this award. Curdo is notoriously and often exasperatingly thorough in his chess analysis.