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Purdy; Cecil John Seddon (1906-1979)
Compiled by fredthebear

C.J.S. Purdy was an International Master, the former Australian Champion and first World Correspondence Chess Champion. Purdy was editor of the magazine Australasian Chess Review (1929-1944), Check (1944-1945), and Chess World (1946-1967). He was a fabulous chess teacher/writer. Bobby Fischer highly respected Purdy.

"Follow Reti's Advice: When trying to win, destroy opponent's strengths; when trying to equalize, go for his weaknesses. It doesn't always help, but is worth bearing in mind."

-- Cecil Purdy

* 1952 Match: Game Collection: Sarapu - Purdy Match, Australasian Championship * Co-Champions: Sarapu - Purdy Australasian Championship (1952)

* Action Chess 24 Hours repertoire: Game Collection: Action Chess :Purdy's 24 hour opening repertoire

* Your only task in the opening is to reach a playable middlegame. - Lajos Portisch.


C. J. S. Purdy (1906–1979)
Includes the names: C. J. S Purdy, C. J. S. Purdy, Cecil John Seddon Purdy

Guide to Good Chess
The Search for Chess Perfection (Purdy Series)
Purdy on the Endgame (C.J.S. Purdy Gold Chess Series) EXTREME CHESS World Championships 1935 1937 1972 Action Chess: Purdy's 24 Hours Opening Repertoire Chess Made Easy
How Fischer won: world chess championship, 1972
How Purdy Won: 1st World Champion of Correspondence Chess (Purdy Series) Chess Bits and Obits
How Purdy Won: The correspondence chess career of a world champion C.J.S. Purdy: his life, his games and his writings. Edited by John Hammond… C.J.S. Purdy's Fine Art of Chess Annotation and Other Thoughts, Vol.… Inside Look at What's Wrong with Your Chess?
How Euwe Won: Book of the World's Championship Chess Match… Among these mates, chirpings of a chess chump

PS I strongly recommend two books by C. J. S. Purdy, the first World Correspondece Champion and editor of the legendary Chess World. 1) Guide to Good Chess
2) The Search for Chess Perfection
Both published by Thinker's Press.
I have been a master for over twenty years if memory serves and I still learn something nearly everytime I open SCP. It is the best instructional book I have ever read by a very large margin. Just a sweaty old fat guy's opinion.

Site under construction by Fredthebear. Sorry readers, I'm in no hurry on this one.

Colle System (D05) 0-1 Black in complete control
U Mehlhorn vs A S Rasmussen, 2015
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Q Pawn Game: Colle System (D04) 1-0White's Q wins the showdown
G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy, 1932 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: Dutch (A03) 0-1Chose not to recapture as expected
J S Purdy vs Spassky, 1955 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Yuri Averbakh protested legal 0-0-0?!?
Averbakh vs C Purdy, 1960 
(A16) English, 48 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (A06) 1-0 Cramped W breaks free
F Crowl vs C Purdy, 1939 
(A06) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

M Jadoul vs Karpov, 1986 
(B44) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Def. Classical (E32) 0-1 Greek gift is too thin
C Nielsen vs C Purdy, 1947 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 5 of Sarapu - Purdy Match, Australasian Championship 1952
O Sarapu vs C Purdy, 1952 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Co-authors of Chess Made Easy by C.J.S. Purdy and G. Koshnitsky
C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky, 1932 
(A13) English, 47 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Var (C91) 0-1 1st World Corr
A Cuadrado vs C Purdy, 1950
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 24 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Closed Var (C84) 0-1 Pawns matter
E Adam vs C Purdy, 1950
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 20 moves, 0-1

Very cute game by Wade. Listed in Cecil Purdy's Chess Made Easy
R G Wade vs A G Shoebridge, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

The Fireside Book of Chess, Game 145 p. 338, Exciting Draw
F L Vaughan vs C Purdy, 1945 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

"Simple plans are best. Tactics will prevail."
Younes Foughali vs C Yoo, 2016 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

KGA. Tartakower Gambit (C33) 0-1 Corr
F Crowl vs C Purdy, 1946 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 0-1

NID Normal. Botvinnik System (E49) 1-0 Roll up the Kside
Keene vs C Purdy, 1979  
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 31 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening: Boi Var (C20) 0-1 Unavoidable Arabian # next
W Ramsay vs S Crakanthorp, 1903 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

QGD: Anti-Tartakower Var (D55) 0-1 Purdy's book
L Steiner vs Tartakower, 1926 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Zukertort-Reti (A07) 1/2-1/2 Ns & Ps ending
K Ozols vs C Purdy, 1950 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Italian Game: Evans Gambit. ML (C51) 0-1 Bxh3, Bxg2
C Purdy vs L S Fell, 1947 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 48 moves, 0-1

King's Indian Attack (A07) 0-1 Philidor's Legacy awaits
F Crowl vs C Purdy, 1939 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

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