Month: November 2016

November 25, 2016 Matthew Sadler 2 comments

One of the best games of Yates’ career was the victory with Black in the 1930 San Remo against Milan Vidmar. Yates had a fantastic result at San Remo 1930. No-one could keep pace with Alekhine of course, but 5th place in this company was something to be proud of!     Vidmar was a…

November 17, 2016 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

F.D. Yates was a great admirer of Alekhine’s play as shown by his fulsome tribute in the Yorkshire Post of 29th November 1927 on the occasion of Alekhine’s victory over Capablanca: “After many encounters with Alekhine personally, I can say he has the pure love of the beauty of the combinations of the game, evolved…

November 17, 2016 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

We’ll warm up for this second article on Yates’ attacks with a beautiful combination, though you might argue against the rest of the game meriting an entry in a Best Games Collection!   Yates,F.D. – Colle,Edgar Hastings 1925/6   1.e4 Nf6   Yates had a poor score with White against Colle mainly because he struggled…

November 10, 2016 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

I would like to start this series of articles by examining attacks by Yates taken from his Best Games collection. Though none of them is perfect, they are a good illustration of Yates’ attacking flair.   The first game was played against Isidor Gunsberg at the 1914 British Championship at Chester and featured an attack…

November 10, 2016 Matthew Sadler 2 comments

11th November 2016 is the 84th anniversary of the death of 6-times British Chess Champion Fred Dewhirst Yates. F.D. Yates was England’s strongest player from about 1913 (the year of his first British Championship victory) until his early death in 1932. An inveterate 1.e4 player, he was a dangerous attacker and also renowned for his…