Saturday, 4 April 2009

Chess Quote - Cecil Purdy on Pawn Endings & Golf

C.J.S. Purdy
[Chess World, December 1951]

"Pawn endings are to chess as putting is to golf."
-- C.J.S. Purdy

The Australian chessplayer Cecil John Seddon Purdy (1906-1979) was born in Port Said, Egypt. There is some debate about his birth year as discussed in Edward Winter's Chess Notes (here). His family moved to New Zealand, then to Hobart (Tasmania), before finally settling in Sydney (New South Wales) when he was aged 12 years. Whilst in Tasmania, Purdy apparently went to the same school as the future film star Errol Flynn (1909-1959).

Purdy devoted his life to playing and writing about chess. He was the first World Champion in correspondence chess. He was also awarded the International Master title in over-the-board chess, and the Grandmaster title at correspondence chess. He was a very good chess writer and described by Bobby Fischer as being an excellent chess teacher.

Purdy is reported to have died of a heart attack whilst playing chess - his final words were allegedly "I have a win, but it will take some time" (Dunne 1991).

Dunne, A (1991) - The Complete Guide to Correspondence Chess, Thinker's Press, ISBN 0-938650-52-1
Edward Winter (2007) - Chess Notes - 4924. Purdy’s year of birth (Link).
Wikipedia - Cecil Purdy (Link)

2 comments: said...

I've been reading you blog and I just wanted to let you know the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship is coming up! It is May 7-17 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in of St. Louis.

The nation’s top 24 players will seek to steal take the title from last years year’s winner Yury Shulman--including the top 12 American players by rating, the 2008 U.S. Junior Closed Champion, the 2008 U.S. Open Champion and the 2009 U.S. State Champion of Champions. Not to mention, over $200,000 in prizes are on the table!

Anyway, here is a link to the media kit: And Also, here is a link to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis website:, where you can RSVP for the free tickets. This website will also provide daily coverage! And both have player bios, chess facts, tournament history, etc.

Abby said...

Hello! Are you going to be covering the upcoming chess tournament in St. Louis?