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How Purdy Won

176 pages, paperback, Thinkers' Press, 2. edition 2003.

From the Series »C.S.J. Purdy Gold Chess Series«

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  • Hardest Game of Purdy's Life (No. 30)
  • Best Move of Purdy's Life (No. 30)
  • Purdy's Best Game Ever (No. 38)
  • Purdy Did Not Lose a Game of Correspondence Chess Between 1937 and 1952!
  • Three World Championship
  • Finals games of Purdy's have 20 pages of notes!
  • CJ.S. Purdy, from Australia, won the world's first chess correspondence championship. This book shows the road he took

to win with ruthlessness and precision against the world's best.

Although this book is primarily for players of correspondence chess it is also designed to help people who play chess only across the board.

I started playing correspondence chess seriously when I was thirty. I had twice won the championship of Australia in crossboard chess and was rated a master in that country. My experience at CC, however, was limited to a number of off-hand games, and as I afterwards realized, what I had played was not true correspondence chess, but ordinary chess by correspondence, and against opponents who were doing likewise.

When I accepted a challenge from a CC specialist, also an Australian, I was beaten badly. I then began studying the special requirements of CC, and did end up becoming World Champion in it. How I got to that stage, learning as I went, is what this book is about. But its purpose is to help other players, both CC and crossboard. Perhaps one learns most from one's own mistakes, but one can learn much from the mistakes of others, and learn far more painlessly.

So the annotations all have that objective.

CJ.S. Purdy, Foreword


Language English
Author Harrison, Kevin
Hutchings, Frank
Purdy, Cecil J. S.
Publisher Thinkers' Press
Series C.S.J. Purdy Gold Chess Series
Edition 2.
Medium Book
Weight 300 g
Width 15.2 cm
Height 22.8 cm
Pages 176
ISBN-10 0938650807
Year of Publication 2003
Binding paperback


007 Foreword to the Second Edition

008 Author's Preface

009 Foreword to First Edition

010 Foreword by Erik Larsson

013 C.J.S. Purdy: His Career

015 Acknowledgments

016 Authors' Photos

029 Purdy's Letter from Napolitano

052 Purdy's Page of Analyses

Chapter 1


020Sacrifice and Counter Sacrifice

1. Purdy-Crowl, Nimzo-Indian Defense

022The Willhemsen Gambit

2. Crowl-Purdy, King's Gambit

024My Eyes Are Opened

3. Purdy-Mclntosh, Slav Defense

026Another Neat "Slav"

4. Purdy-Mclntosh, Slav Defense

Chapter 2


032CCLA Champion

5. Hallmann-Purdy, Queen's Gambit Declined


6. Cornforth-Purdy, Nimzo-Indian Defense

036Coping With A Desperado

7. Purdy-Crowl, Nimzo-Indian Defense

038Novelty In The Four Knights,

8. Goldstein-Purdy, Four Knights Game

041Rook Ending

9. Purdy-Mclntosh, Ruy Lopez: Steinitz Defense Deferred

043Premature Attack

10. Lindley-Purdy, Catalan System

045Another Quick Black Win

11. Vaughan-Purdy, Nimzovich Attack

046No Absolute Freeing Move

12. Purdy-Ludlow, Ruy Lopez: Morphy Defense

049Winner Versus Runner-Up

13. Koshnitsky-Purdy, Catalan System

Chapter 3


053Limited Bishop's Gambit

14. Crowl-Purdy, King's Gambit

054Disguised Project

15. Purdy-Miller, French Defense


16. Purdy-Salm, Sicilian Defense

061That Tartakover Idea

17. Armati-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Steinitz Defense Deferred

062New Light On An Old Gambit

18. Purdy-Goldstein, Evans Gambit

066An Ingenious Opponent

19. Purdy-Klass, Nimzo-Indian Defense

067A Popular Brevity

20. Vaughan-Purdy, Gruenfeld Defense

071Quick Gruenfeld Win

21. Spinks-Purdy, Gruenfeld Defense

072Endgame Subtleties

22. Purdy-Lindley, French Defense

Chapter 4



23. Purdy-Goncalves, Two Knights Defense

079Elegant Chess

24. Purdy-Kerdil, Petroff Defense

083Defender Triumphs

25. Nilsson-Purdy, Queen's Gambit Declined

085Mopping-Up Hazards

26. Purdy-Soultanbeieff, Vienna Game


27. Schittecatte-Purdy, Colle System

Chapter 5


097The Classic Response

28. Purdy-Frantzen, Evans Gambit

100Opening Win

29. Purdy-Baijot, Two Knights Defense

104The Hardest Game Of My Life

30. Bigot-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

Chapter 6


114Bishops Dominate

31. van't Veer-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

116Novel Strategy

32. Purdy-Collins, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

119The Purdy Grip

33. Purdy-Madsen, English Opening

122House Of Cards

34. Cuadrado-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

125Logical Chess

35. Purdy-Barda, English Opening

129Dubious Gambit

36. Adam-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

131Hanging Pawns

37. Wood-Purdy, Queen's Gambit Declined

134Deep Trap

38. Purdy-Watzl, Queen's Gambit Declined

Chapter 7


141Faulty Opening

39. van Scheltinga-Purdy, Slav Defense

143Strategical Subtleties

40. Purdy-Balogh, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

147Super Defense

41. Purdy-Malmgren, English Opening


42. Mitchell-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin Defense

160Battle Royal

43. Purdy-Napolitanom, Nimzo-Indian Defense


171For The Record

170Additional Games

44. Hugolf-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Worrall Attack

45. Purdy-Condon, Ruy Lopez: Cozio

46. Purdy-Harris, Sicilian Defense

47. Koshnitsky-Purdy, English Opening

48. Wolfers-Purdy

49. S. Bernstein-Purdy, Ruy Lopez: Chigorin

50. C. Nielsen-Purdy, Nimzo-Indian Defense

51. Krausz-Purdy, Catalan Opening

52. Purdy-B. Reilly, Caro-Kann Defense

53. Viaud-Purdy, Slav Defense

174Index of Openings

175Volumes of the Purdy Library


How Purdy Won