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Cecil Purdy
C Purdy 
 
Number of games in database: 99
Years covered: 1924 to 1979
Overall record: +47 -31 =21 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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CECIL PURDY
(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

Wikipedia article: Cecil Purdy


 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 99  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Purdy vs G Dodds 1-0371924NZL-chD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. C Purdy vs A Burr ½-½251926NSW versus Victoria correspondence matchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. J Sayers vs C Purdy  0-1551926AUS-chC13 French
4. C Purdy vs B Hill  1-0591926AUS-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. S Crakanthorp vs C Purdy 1-0261926AUS-chC14 French, Classical
6. C Boyce vs C Purdy 1-0381926AUS-chC13 French
7. C Purdy vs S Woinarski 0-1351927Pietzcker tourneyC58 Two Knights
8. C Purdy vs J Kinman  1-0361928AUS-ch+D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. F Crowl vs C Purdy  0-1681932corrA00 Uncommon Opening
10. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy  1-0391932SydneyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy 1-0221932SydneyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
12. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky 0-1471932SydneyA13 English
13. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy  1-0361934Practice mA25 English
14. C Purdy vs F Crowl 1-0461934corrE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-0451934Practice mD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. M E Goldstein vs C Purdy  0-1261934AUS-chD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
17. C Purdy vs G McIntosh  0-1221936Correspondence GameD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. F Crowl vs C Purdy 0-1111936corrC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. L Steiner vs C Purdy  1-0431936Simultaneous clock exhibitionB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. J W Cornforth vs C Purdy 0-1171937Australian Correspondence championshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. C Purdy vs G McIntosh 0-1181937AustraliaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. F Crowl vs C Purdy 1-0571939Australian ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
23. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy  ½-½401945AUS-corr chA17 English
24. F L Vaughan vs C Purdy ½-½131945corr AUD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
25. H Klass vs C Purdy  1-0471945New South Wales-chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
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Apr-08-15  TheFocus: <Chess is as much a mystery as women> - Purdy.
May-11-15  TheFocus: <Any material change in a position must come about by mate, a capture, or a Pawn – promotion> - Cecil Purdy
May-11-15  TheFocus: <Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf> - Cecil Purdy.
May-15-15  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.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <Methodical thinking is of more use in chess than inspiration> - Cecil Purdey.
May-16-15  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.
May-21-15  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.
May-21-15
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  diceman: His wife was Purdy!
May-22-15  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.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <You will never avoid oversights by grim determination; what is needed is a trained eye> - Cecil Purdy.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <It is even more important to look around than to look ahead> - Cecil Purdy.
May-28-15  TheFocus: <Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more important than a knowledge of strategical principles> - Cecil Purdy.
May-29-15  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.
May-30-15  TheFocus: <Methodical thinking is of more use in Chess than inspiration> - Cecil Purdy.
Nov-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/....

The gigantic postiche had a rating of 2120.

Mar-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, CJS Purdy.

One of chess's greatest writers.

Oct-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gottschalk: "In endings with bishops of opposite color, material means NOTHING, position EVERYTHING." Purdy

This phrase contains a terrible logic
She reminds me of Hitler speaking to not back down on the Russian front, despite the equipment failure. This is of course a endgame concept. Someone who make this their motto in his life or in their chess games he should not be considered mad or stubborn. Rather, it is an idiot who never will gain success as chessplayer.

Oct-06-16  JimNorCal: From 2013:
JimNorCal: ... 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."

IndigoViolet: Does he give any advice on figuring out what one's least valuable/most inactive piece might be?

Yes. Purdy's books, imho, have enormous value for beginners because they are so practical and contain numerous concrete examples. One is left feeling that, while you may never rise to a level where you can take on the top players, you can certainly achieve a level where you need feel no shame for your play.

Jun-25-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf.>

In other words, much harder than they look. Ask Nakamura.

Jun-25-21
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  Dionysius1: Wot, he plays golf?
Jun-25-21
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  Dionysius1: Is this a Murcan thing, wishing people happy BIRTHday, when they're dead? I didn't think they were known for their sense of irony, but where else can such rot come from?
Jun-25-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: Is this a Murcan thing, wishing people happy BIRTHday, when they're dead? I didn't think the western colonies were known for their sense of irony, but where else can such rot come from?
Jun-26-21
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  Dionysius1: Sorry guys, that was a bit rude. I'll delete it if I get an opportunity when the site settles down after its refurbishment.
Jun-26-21
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Dionysius1>

When we post a kibbutz, it stays alive for 30 minutes.

If we haven't deleted it after 30 minutes, it stays up forever.

Jun-26-21
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  Dionysius1: Thanks Jfq. Oh well.
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