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    Letter from C. J. S. Purdy

    I stumbled on this while browsing an old newspaper archive.
    It's from the Sydney Morning Herald of January 2, 1950.

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    Here's the link:
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1032476

    And here's the link to the article he refers to from December 31, 1949:
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1032397

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    Speaking of Cecil Purdy .... next Wednesday 6th November will be the 40th anniversary of Cecil’s passing. To commemorate this anniversary, and to also make Cecil’s work known to younger players, I have a special offer! I have a limited number of copies of “C.J.S.Purdy - His Life, His Games and His Writings” (the original book ... now a collector’s item) and I am happy to send a copy to anyone (preferably an aspiring young player) who emails me and asks for a copy. Email auschess@ozemail.com.au with your mailing address and a few lines as to why you would like a copy.

    The book is in the old descriptive notation but is still in print (new edition coming out very soon from Bob Long in USA) and apparently Bobby Fischer described it as the “best instruction chess book!”
    Still searching for Bobby Fischer....
    and fighting against those humourless bureaucrats who are forever lost in the minutiae.

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    GO youngsters GO!! This is a excellent offer of a really great book. Especially the final around 100 pages with a lot of fines games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammo View Post
    ………………...

    The book is in the old descriptive notation but is still in print (new edition coming out very soon from Bob Long in USA) and apparently Bobby Fischer described it as the “best instruction chess book!”
    I certainly would not say the same about a few of the books that are attributed to Fischer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    I certainly would not say the same about a few of the books that are attributed to Fischer.
    Have you got any examples of any of those few? I only know of his main co-written book "My 60 Memorable Games" (I think I 've read somewhere that his friend and colleague
    Grandmaster Larry Evans, had some editorial involvement in it and another one with tactics "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" or something (mainly with chess positions of what I was told),
    which we had at the St Kilda Library some years ago and which I never bothered to even look at. I still have somewhere the one by Purdy, you guys are talking about here - white covers with his
    face on it but I don't know where it's gathering dust - I might dig it out from somewhere one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    Have you got any examples of any of those few? I only know of his main co-written book "My 60 Memorable Games" (I think I 've read somewhere that his friend and colleague
    Grandmaster Larry Evans, had some editorial involvement in it and another one with tactics "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" or something (mainly with chess positions of what I was told),
    which we had at the St Kilda Library some years ago and which I never bothered to even look at. I still have somewhere the one by Purdy, you guys are talking about here - white covers with his
    face on it but I don't know where it's gathering dust - I might dig it out from somewhere one day.
    Years ago I came across one titled something like BF Teaches Chess, it was smallish and was for beginner beginners, so basic was useless so to speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    Years ago I came across one titled something like BF Teaches Chess, it was smallish and was for beginner beginners, so basic was useless so to speak.
    that's your usual crap then, there's definitely not any of those few, and I referred to that in bold in my previous

    and another one with tactics "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess"
    BTW were you serious (for a change) when you talked about re-introducing that easter egg tournament of yours.
    Any plans for the near future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    Years ago I came across one titled something like BF Teaches Chess, it was smallish and was for beginner beginners, so basic was useless so to speak.
    Purdy might have liked Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, because it is on the lines of a book he recommended as a starter for learners, How to Force Checkmate by Fred Reinfeld. Purdy argued that to become any sort of decent player, it was necessary to see, rather than think, because without the ability to see things in chess, players will continue to make gross blunders. Reinfeld's book trained readers to see mates in 1, 2, and 3 moves from real games. Fischer's book went from simple mates to complex, although more narrowly with lots of back-rank examples.
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