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Guide to Good Chess

by C. J. S. Purdy

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In Purdy's lifelong writings, he came to concrete conclusions about chess, and how it should be learned, as a result of this deep reflection. This very depth led to his winning the First World Correspondence Chess Championship from the "down under" country of Australia. Purdy fills you in on the details, explains the whys, and makes it easier for you to improve -- to be a very good player without large amounts of memorization. Even the elementary principles which begin this book have points not seen in other works of this type. His language is a bit unusual, making it easier to remember such things as "biffing the Bishop." He covers all three phases of a game: the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Lastly, a complete game is dissected for the purpose of showing how Purdy's Rules are used effectively. "Guide to Good Chess" is now in its twelfth printing, and uses algebraic notation, now the world standard. The editing was done by Dr. Ralph J. Tykodi, a devoted Purdy chess enthusiast and supporter. Book jacket.… (more)
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The best teacher for players starting out or with an Elo rating of 1000 to 1800. ( )
  georgee53 | Sep 8, 2020 |
Purdy is the best teacher for anyone rated Elo 1000-1800. Sensible, realistic, applicable ideas. ( )
  georgee53 | Sep 8, 2020 |
The books is written as a Beginner's Book but it really shines as a refresher course or as a first book for someone with some playing experience trying to fill out some fundamental theory gaps. The section on Opening Play is simply excellent and so are the glimpses into endgame theory. Highly Recommended! ( )
  farbror | Dec 10, 2008 |
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In Purdy's lifelong writings, he came to concrete conclusions about chess, and how it should be learned, as a result of this deep reflection. This very depth led to his winning the First World Correspondence Chess Championship from the "down under" country of Australia. Purdy fills you in on the details, explains the whys, and makes it easier for you to improve -- to be a very good player without large amounts of memorization. Even the elementary principles which begin this book have points not seen in other works of this type. His language is a bit unusual, making it easier to remember such things as "biffing the Bishop." He covers all three phases of a game: the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Lastly, a complete game is dissected for the purpose of showing how Purdy's Rules are used effectively. "Guide to Good Chess" is now in its twelfth printing, and uses algebraic notation, now the world standard. The editing was done by Dr. Ralph J. Tykodi, a devoted Purdy chess enthusiast and supporter. Book jacket.

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