Tuesday, 25 May 2010

A devastating Purdy win

With the passing of Lloyd Fell there has been some discussion about who is now the "Elder Statesman" of Australian Chess (My vote is for Phil Viner btw). For the sake of gender equality, there has also been discussion about who is the "Elder Stateswomen". Evelyn Koshnitsky is the obvious choice, and one that very few would disagree with.
However another name that was mentioned was Anne Purdy, widow of CJS Purdy, and still with us at 95 years of age. It has been noted that she was the daughter of one Australian Champion (Spencer Crakanthorp), the wife of another (CJS Purdy) and the mother of a third (John Purdy). And while it seems her contribution to chess is defined by the achievements of others, she was a handy player in her own right.

Baxter,JN - Purdy,Anne [B37]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.g3 d6 9.Bg2 Be6 10.Qe2 Rc8 11.Nd2 Nd4 12.Qd3 Ng4 (D)
13.f4 Qb6 14.Na4 Nc2+ 15.Kd1 Nce3+ 16.Ke2 Qa5 17.Kf3 Qxa4 18.h3 Nxc4 19.hxg4 Nxb2 20.Bxb2 Bxb2 21.Qe2 Bxa1 22.Rxa1 Rc3+ 23.Kf2 Rfc8 24.f5 Qd4+ 25.Kf1 Rc1+ 0-1

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