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Cecil John Seddon Purdy
Number of games in database: 79
Years covered: 1926 to 1979
Overall record: +38 -23 =17 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C97 C99 C65 C75
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A28 A27 A25
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E49 E43 E32 E26
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C97 C99
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C91 C99 C86 C77 C84
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E28 E32 E34 E24 E49
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C91 C99 C86 C84
 French Defense (5) 
    C13 C14 C09
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D04 A41 E10
 Sicilian (4) 
    B86 B60 B34 B96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F L Vaughan vs Purdy, 1945 1/2-1/2
   F Crowl vs Purdy, 1936 0-1
   A L Miller vs Purdy, 1946 0-1
   Purdy vs L Baijot, 1947 1-0
   Purdy vs F Crowl, 1934 1-0
   L Bigot vs Purdy, 1947 0-1
   A Cuadrado vs Purdy, 1950 0-1
   Purdy vs M Napolitano, 1950 1-0
   O Sarapu vs Purdy, 1952 0-1
   C Nielsen vs Purdy, 1947 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st World Correspondence Chess Championship (1950)
   Sarapu - Purdy Australasian Championship (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1st World Correspondence Chess Championship by Benzol
   Sarapu - Purdy Match, Australasian Championship by Chessical

   Keene vs Purdy, 1979

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(born Mar-27-1906, died Nov-06-1979, 73 years old) Australia

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Cecil John Seddon Purdy was born in Port Said, Egypt.

His father was Dr. J. S. Purdy, England's representative on the International Quarantine Board for the Suez Canal. Hobart was his first Australian home and at the age of nine he went to Sydney where he has lived thereafter. He did not take up chess until he was nearly 15 years of age. During a rainy school holiday in the country he looked up "Chess" in the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." He copied out the rules carefully and after returning home started to pursue his new hobby.1

Other accounts stated he was 13 when he took up chess: "He was 13 when he began chess. He received useful instruction from from Mr. L. S. Crakanthorp father of Mr. Spencer Crakanthorp, ex-champion of New South Wales and New Zealand, and present champion of Australia. Only a year after Mr. Purdy learned the moves he was encouraged by the late A.E.N. Wallace, then Suite champion to enter for the State tourney of 1923." 2

Awarded the IM title in 1951 and the GMC title in 1953 he won the 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship (1950) - (1953). He won the New Zealand Championship twice, 1924-25 and 1935-36 and was Australian Champion on four occasions, 1934-35, 1936-37 (after a play-off), 1948-49 and 1951. He was also Australian Correspondence Champion in 1940 and 1948.

In 1952, Purdy played the New Zealand Champion Ortvin Sarapu in a 10-game match for the Sarapu - Purdy Match, Australasian Championship (1952). After nine games, the score was 5-4 in Sarapu's favour. Purdy won the 10th and final game to tie the match (+4, =2, -4).

He was the founder, editor, and publisher of a splendid chess magazine from 1929 to 1967 which went through three incarnations, 'Australasian Chess Review' (1929 - 1944), 'Check' (1944 - 1945) and 'Chess World' (1946 - 1967) and his writings are considered first class.

His father-in-law Spencer Crakanthorp and his son John Spencer Purdy have both been Australian Champions.

Sadly whilst playing at a tournament in Sydney in 1979 he suffered an aneurysm leading to his death. His last words to his son (who was also competing in the same tournament) were allegedly "I have a win, but it will take time".

1. "The West Australian" (Perth), Monday 13th July 1953, p.16

2. "Evening News" (Sydney, NSW), Friday 15th November 1929, p.2

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 79  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Purdy vs A Burr ½-½25 1926 NSW versus Victoria correspondence matchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. J Sayers vs Purdy  0-155 1926 AUS-chC13 French
3. Purdy vs B Hill  1-059 1926 AUS-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. S Crakanthorp vs Purdy 1-026 1926 AUS-chC14 French, Classical
5. C Boyce vs Purdy 1-038 1926 AUS-chC13 French
6. Purdy vs J Kinman  1-036 1928 AUS-ch+D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. G Koshnitsky vs Purdy  1-039 1932 SydneyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
8. F Crowl vs Purdy  0-168 1932 corrA00 Uncommon Opening
9. G Koshnitsky vs Purdy 1-022 1932 SydneyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  0-147 1932 SydneyA13 English
11. G Koshnitsky vs Purdy  1-036 1934 Practice mA25 English
12. Purdy vs F Crowl 1-046 1934 CorrespondenceE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-045 1934 Practice mD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. M E Goldstein vs Purdy  0-126 1934 AUS-chD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
15. F Crowl vs Purdy 0-111 1936 corrC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. L Steiner vs Purdy  1-043 1936 Simultaneous clock exhibitionB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Purdy vs G McIntosh  0-122 1936 Correspondence GameD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Purdy vs G McIntosh 0-118 1937 crD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. J W Cornforth vs Purdy 0-117 1937 Australian Correspondence championshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
20. F Crowl vs Purdy  1-057 1939 Australian ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
21. H Klass vs Purdy  1-047 1945 New South Wales-chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. G Koshnitsky vs Purdy  ½-½40 1945 AUS-corr chA17 English
23. F L Vaughan vs Purdy ½-½13 1945 corr AUD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
24. L Steiner vs Purdy  1-032 1946 Australian ChC14 French, Classical
25. F Crowl vs Purdy  0-136 1946 Australian ChE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 79  PGN Download
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  Abdel Irada: <That's not half bad.>

True. It's all bad. :-D

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  Jausch46: It is a pity that his best instructional chess books have no new editions. Amazon sells some used exemplars of the book which summarizes his legacy but not US residents cannot haveaccess to it. Can anybody help me to get second hand books from him? I would buy them.
Mar-27-13  JimNorCal: He gave much excellent practical advice. I don't have an exact quote, but he said something like: "If you can't find a move, then at least find a way to make your least valuable piece more active."
Mar-27-13  IndigoViolet: Does he give any advice on figuring out what one's least valuable/most inactive piece might be?
Mar-27-13  IndigoViolet: <Amazon sells some used exemplars of the book which summarizes his legacy but not US residents cannot haveaccess to it.>

You can order second hand books from anywhere, but I'm staggered by the prices for a paperback that's only 15 years old:

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  TheFocus: Actually, you can get a lot of Purdy's books at

Bob Long has been reprinting Purdy's books. You may have to get on his mailing list though.

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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "In endings with bishops of opposite color, material means NOTHING, position EVERYTHING." >


I like the use of CAPITALS.

Oct-24-14  ljfyffe: As the home nation of the first CC World Champion, C.J.S. Purdy, Australia will always have a special place in CC history. <lCCF Gold>
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  Chessical: <CHESS CHAMPION>

Mr Cecil J. S Purdy, who won the NSW Chess Championship at the School of Arts Club last night is only 22 years of age.

He is a son of Dr. J. S. Purdy. Metropolitan Medical Officer of Health, and was born at Port Said. After several years in New Zealand he came to Sydney, and was 13 when he began chess. He received useful instruction from from Mr. L.S.Crakanthorp father of Mr. Spencer Crakanthorp, ex-champion of New South Wales and New Zealand, and present champion of Australia.

Only a year after Mr. Purdy learned the moves he was encouraged by the late A.E.N. Wallace, then Suite champion to enter for the State tourney of 1923. The youth finished halfway up the list. Mr. Wallace and Mr. Purdy drew in a game which lasted seven hours.

He returned to New Zealand, to win at Nelson The Dominion Championship of 1924 at the age of 17. He competed twice for the championship of Australia — Sydney 1926 and Perth 1928. Both events were won by Mr. Spencer Crakanthorp, and each time Mr. Purdy took third prize, with only one point behind the top.

His interstate telegraphic record is five wins, one draw, two losses. He has given exhibitions of simultaneous chess in Wellington, N.Z, Melbourne. Perth, and Sydney, taking on 12 opponents at once without ever losing a game.

He will compete in the next New Zealand Championship tourney,which starts Boxing Day at Wanganul.

Mr. Purdy has other activities besides chess. He is a tennis enthusiast, is editor of the 'Australian Chess Review' and is completing an arts course at Sydney University.

<Source: "Evening News" (Sydney, NSW) Friday 15th November 1929. Page 2.>

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  TheFocus: <Chess is as much a mystery as women> - Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <Any material change in a position must come about by mate, a capture, or a Pawn – promotion> - Cecil Purdy
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  TheFocus: <Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf> - Cecil Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <I maintain that in every position that arises, we should deliberately search, among other things, for pieces which have no retreat. If we see one, we automatically look to see if it can be netted> - C.J.S. Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <Methodical thinking is of more use in chess than inspiration> - Cecil Purdey.
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  TheFocus: <If the student forces himself to examine all the moves that smite, however absurd they look at first glance, he is on his way to becoming a master of tactics> - Cecil Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <An open game can never be forced upon you, whether you are Black or White; a close game always can> - Cecil Purdy, Chess World.
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  diceman: His wife was Purdy!
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  TheFocus: <Chess players may be divided into three classes: those who don’t know the principles, and are therefore very weak; those who know the principles and are less weak; and those who know how weak the principles are, and are strong> - C. J. S. Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <You will never avoid oversights by grim determination; what is needed is a trained eye> - Cecil Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <It is even more important to look around than to look ahead> - Cecil Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more important than a knowledge of strategical principles> - Cecil Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <If the student forces himself to examine all moves that smite, however absurd they may look at first glance, he is on the way to becoming a master of tactics> - Cecil Purdy.
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  TheFocus: <Methodical thinking is of more use in Chess than inspiration> - Cecil Purdy.
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  offramp: Chess Note 9571, Purdy and Fischer, reveals that by the 1970s Cecil John Seddon Purdy had taken to wearing a brobdingnagian syrup which can be seen in all its glimmering, sentient glory in this picture:

The gigantic postiche had a rating of 2120.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, CJS Purdy.

One of chess's greatest writers.

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