My Search For Chess Perfection
New Title Edition
by C.J.S. Purdy, John Hammond,
Publisher: Thinkers' Press, 2010
Edition: Paperback medium
My Search For Chess Perfection; a remarkable treatise on everything about your becoming a stronger, more effective chess player, authored by one of the best chess writers ever- C.J.S. Purdy.
The lasting mark this Australian left with chess players, through articles like the ones in this book, contain some of the most thoughtful, useful, and entertaining examples ever to come from a chess master's "pen" for intermediate-level players. He also had no problem in disagreeing with established "authorities".
CJS Purdy spent much of his life "searching for perfection"' concerning his favorite game. In 1953 he attained a form of that perfection when he became the world's first correspondence chess champion. Besides being a profound thinker he was also an excellent teacher. Purdy died in 1979 though his
teachings have succeeded in outliving him.
Biographical Details ...9
Tournament and Match Record ...10
The Publisher's Comments ...12
1 C.J.S. Purdy - His Life ...13
2 C.J.S. Purdy - His Writings ...43
3 C.J.S. Purdy - His Games ...313
Purdy's Games ...314
The 'Search' Index ...393
Index of Openings ...414
Index of Articles ...415
The Purdy Library of Chess ...417
"The greatest chess teacher of all time belongs on every chess bookshelf"
"This is for me the first book on chess I have encountered that
really puts first things first and explains a systematic method for thinking about any chess position. Even though the author makes very interesting remarks about strategical points he never
forgets to remind you about the tactical problems on the board
and a systematic way of taking care of these. For me definitely
the most helpful book on chess that I've ever read."
"If this book were Juliet, I'd be it's Romeo. There aren't enough superlatives I could lavish on Purdy's writing. There were
so many "AHA!" moments when reading that my wife thought
I was having an epileptic fit! Purdy's prose is superior yet
completely comprehensible. The reader immediately sees his
point. Beg, borrow or steal this book, it IS that good.
Paul Kane, The Compulsive Reader:
" Purdy was a prolific writer, and his writing was of such a consistently high qualify; tihat the selection of instructional
articles for inclusion in,the book must have presented quite a problem. At any rate, we get a generous sampling of the good man's Wares. These articles are at the book's heart and cover a wide range of topics: the endgame, planning and positional play, the center, the use of pawn sacrifices for the initiative, piece-play, advice on how to reduce oversights and avoid traps, and much else besides."
An Amazon Reader:
"CJS Purdy is a chess student's best friend! He is a teacher who understands his students, and brings them along, gently, yet with some push, to a greater understanding of the game. This book should be in every player's library. Thinker's Press is to be
commended for their reprints of Purdy's works (just about anything Thinker's Press puts out is worth purchasing!), and I hope that more of this great writer's material will be gathered, updated, and set in AN (with lots of diagrams!) for Purdy fans everywhere!"