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  1. e4
    06 May '08
    11 Sep '21 12:271 edit

    'Purdy writes, "If 22 Re3, Kh8 followed by ...Rg8, etc." The infamous 'etc...'
    which used to be potential fishing grounds for research and exploration.

    These days 'etc...' has been replaced by something like ⩲ or ∓ or a number
    and unless it was done by an acient computer set on a low horizon then
    there is not much chance of finding a tactical smash like 24. Qxh7+

    Some lad thinks he should avoid the Purdy book. I think it's all the more
    reason to pick one up if you see it going at a reasonable price. Not only will
    you get dozens of Purdy gems (see below for just a few) which have entered
    chess lore. These pre computer books are excellent work books to stop you
    from sitting there and 'reading and nodding' as Nigel Davies puts it. You will
    have to put some work in which will be benefical and increase your enjoyment.

    Just a few Purdy quotes.

    'Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf.'

    'If the student forces himself to examine all the moves that smite, however
    absurd they look at first glance, he is on his way to becoming a master of tactics.'

    (from which I coined my war cry: 'Check all Checks!)

    'Chess players may be divided into three classes: those who don’t know the
    principles, and are therefore very weak; those who know the principles and
    are less weak; and those who know how weak the principles are, and are strong.'

  2. e4
    06 May '08
    05 Sep '21 21:09
    That typo is hilarious. Tucked inside a game note, OK that can be forgiven
    but to have it on the cover of the book. Amazing.
  3. e4
    06 May '08
    05 Sep '21 21:04

    I saw that and missed correcting it. I was messing about with the text making it
    fit. I like to keep my notes as one liners. Eventually decided to put in text before
    the first move which is something I dislike doing as it is often missed. (corrected-thanks)

    Re: finding positions.
    I have a large D.B. of RHP games, I do a basic search just with the key elements.
    The stalemate I searched for KQR v K stalemates, I found quite a few.
    The other one I just looked for KQ v K+P's positions. The draws there
    usually involve rook pawns.

    Also every time I'm here I always 'View Games' in gallery mode for a few pages
    looking at completed games for a final position that may have been an interesting
    game. Always worth it. rarely come away with nothing saved for a rainy day.

    Not long ago I saw this final position.

    Had to play it out.

    BigD00 - fredrickrivenson RHP 5th Sept. 2021

  4. e4
    06 May '08
    05 Sep '21 13:57
    Never even saw or considered 15. Nh5. Probably the kind of position a computer
    will hang on. These things are good at spotting sac-backs if it gets too hot which
    human attackers and defenders rarely see till it's too late.

    But OTB v a human I'd take Black, it looks easier to play than White who will
    need eyes as big as organ stops to spot all the wee tricks popping up and then.
    hopefully, they will react to ghost threats, see things that are not there and panic.
    (the keyword is 'hopefully' )

    Purdy was a top writer on the game. I have his coverage of the Fischer-Spassky '72. A good book.

    The '72 match featured one the biggest publishing gaffes of all time.
    Edward Winter put me onto it. 'How on earth could they get that date wrong?'
  5. e4
    06 May '08
    05 Sep '21 11:251 edit
    Tim Harding gives the same game with light notes in
    his 'Classic Correspondence Miniatures' he makes no
    mention on apparent fault in Purdy's note but it does
    appear there is an uncharacteristic error in Purdy's analysis.

    A good spot. Always worthwhile to check the small print.
    I also noted that this game has escaped scrutiny at
    even making the 'Game of the Day' in 2011.

    Sadly...(no the wrong word)...Understandably, there are mistakes in analysis
    in many pre-computer age books. This should never spoil your enjoyment
    of a book or game. Spotting a missed shot sometimes allows you to see
    just how easy it is to miss things and stop analysing too soon.

    It certainly looks like the f5 Bishop is taboo with Bxf4 coming and captures
    on d3 you have to visualize the Queen crossing d3 to e4 check at the end of it.

    How about after 14. exf5 Black just castles then all the threats are on.
    Black is a piece down but has all the rest of his bits in action (and King safety.)
    After 14...0-0 Black is two active Rooks up, the d3 square hangs, Rfe8+ is
    is coming. The position is brimming with tactical ideas.
  6. e4
    06 May '08
    05 Sep '21 09:54

    A picture of me promoting my latest book. ‘Chess, Chicks and Rock ‘n’ Roll.’

    Still doing the Aitken books and I feature a trap that Aitken’s opponents
    have been setting him for a number of years that he has, so far, avoided
    I have an example of an Red Hot Pawn player stumbling in the very same trap.

    A Chess Weather Report.

    Computer generate chess problems are upon us. (it was bound to happen)
    I give a couple of the easy ones with RHP games showing the same ideas.

    Blog Post 490
  7. e4
    06 May '08
    27 Aug '21 10:52
    Hi DeepThought

    Agree it would be unmanageable to copyright games but you are using the players
    name to sell a book. You and me could cobble together Carlsen's best games and
    he would not be entitled to a penny and we do not need his permission, nor do
    we need permission to use his picture on the cover (but we do and may have to pay
    the person who happened to spend 5 seconds taking the picture.)

    If we put in the same games but not his name and picture on the cover it would
    be a non-starter. Try attaching a famous person's name to sell something apart
    from a book and you could find yourself facing a lawsuit.

    It just seems wrong. IMO the player(s) are not being rewarded in full for their
    creativity and the enjoyment it gives to others which often took hours to create.

    I've seen this discussed on another forum and read that the games are 'probably'
    the property of the organisers of the tournament and none have ever sought
    copyright though Staunton raised the possibility in 1851 but gave up after meeting
    opposition and again realising it was impossible.
  8. e4
    06 May '08
    22 Aug '21 15:05
    Not that anything can be done about it now, but It is a an justice.

    Sometimes all a player has to show for playing a great instructive game is one point
    on the scoreboard. Meanwhile hacks (me included) can use the game in an article or
    book and get paid for it without legally having to give the player(s) a penny.

    And what about the players names that are attached to these games. They are
    being used to sell a book/article. Legally you should have permission and be
    prepared to pay for use of their name.

    It is also ludicrous (to me anyway) that the moves are not copyright but the notes
    within the game are.

    And how about 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 etc - not copyright.

    But if I write; 'The first move was pawn to e4, Black replied, pawn to e5, White played the Knight on g1 to the square f3....' that protected by copyright.
  9. e4
    06 May '08
    16 Aug '21 16:28

    This years Christmas present to myself has been sorted.

    Who Is This? (I show you a picture and you have to guess who it is?)

    A puzzle sent to me with a neat solution which was missed during the game.
    I go on a wee bit about how hard it is to spot these things during an actual game.

    A date with old mates.(a classic RHP game from 9 years ago.)

    The above puzzle solution with an RHP example of how not to do it.

    Blog Post 489
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