Sunday, 28 August 2011

John Purdy passes away

Justice John Purdy, former Australian Champion, has passed away at the age of 75. Purdy was the son of Cecil Purdy, and won the Australian Championship in 1955 and 1963. He also won the Australian Junior Championship in 1951, and was the winner of the very first Doeberl Cup in 1963. Unlike his father, John chose a career other than chess, and went into law. He eventually became a judge in the Family Court of Australia, retiring in 2005.
Here is a game between father and son from the 1960 Australian Championship.

Purdy,Cecil John Seddon - Purdy,John Spencer [E74]
AUS ch Adelaide (12), 19.10.1960

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.Be2 c5 8.d5 Qa5 9.f3 e6 10.a4 Na6 11.g4 Re8 12.Kf1 exd5 13.cxd5 Nb4 14.Bg3 Rd8 15.h4 Ne8 16.Nh3 a6 17.Qc1 Bd7 18.Bf4 Kh7 19.h5 g5 (D) 
20.Bxg5 hxg5 21.Nxg5+ Kg8 22.h6 Bh8 23.Qf4 f6 24.h7+ Kf8 25.Ne6+ Bxe6 26.Qh6+ Ke7 27.dxe6 Kxe6 28.Bc4+ Kd7 29.Rd1 Kc7 30.Qf8 Ng7 31.Qxf6 Rd7 32.e5 Re8 33.exd6+ Kb8 34.Qg6 Nc6 35.Bd5 Ne5 36.Qh6 Qb4 37.Be4 Qxb2 38.Nd5 Nxg4 39.Qf4 Qf2# 0-1


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