Tuesday, January 26, 2010
THE BEST CHESS INSTRUCTOR--PURDY
Over a hundred years many books have been published on how to play chess. Some of them pretend to have secrets, others tell you how simple it can be, and still others make it look like a story or cartoon.
Although there will be those who disagree, in my opinion as a veteran bookseller, uniformly they have not worked, or been that good. Cutesy doesn't stick with us as readers, that's quick entertainment.
Chess isn't impossible to learn or hard to learn, but winning consistently?; that's a whole other problem. In any game, most people want to win, and "beginner's luck" doesn't play that big of a role when it comes to chess.
Cecil JOHN Seddon Purdy was one of the great teachers of all time when it came to getting better at chess. He had a "knack;" sort of like your grandfather telling you an interesting anecdote. You can see many examples of that in The Search for Chess Perfection II which was published by TPi several years ago. (Still available at $34.95, postage paid in USA.)
I am working on a new Purdy project. I believe it will be the best compact chess teaching tool out there. It will be a combination of Purdy's genius for teaching and my company's (TPi) penchant for designing the look to convey his words (Purdy was not a designer).
The exposure will be broad-based.