Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2019-20 Contents

Thing of the Day


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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies

Message from the President

Officers 2019-20

YCA Honorary Life Members

Annual Fees (as revised 2019)

County Match Fees (as revised 2019)

YCA League Fixtures 2019-2020

YCA League Match Venues

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Junior Chess Contacts

Contact Details Index

Chess Clubs/Organisations in Yorkshire

ECF Aug 2019 Grading List Extract

Notes on Grading List Extract

List of Clubs in Yorkshire-based Leagues

League Tables & Match Results 2018-19

County Match Results 2018-2019

Correspondence Chess 2018-19

Yorkshire Junior Activity 2018-19

Recent Winners of YCA Events

YCA Constitution

YCA League Rules (as revised 2019)

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Event Calendar 2019-20

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2020

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Awkwardly Positioned Kings in Endings


A cornered king with its own pawn close behind can create problems for itself, one way or another.


In the following position, White can force a win because Black can be compelled to construct a smothered mate setting.  The win for White is straight forward in a way, as White’s winning move sequence works irrespective of what Black does!


Click here to see how White wins.


The mate is possible only because Black has the timewasting move 3. … g5.  Without the black g-pawn, White cannot win by force.


Without the g-pawn, if the Black king started at h1 instead of h2, then 1. Nf6/h6 would allow a “helpmate” with 1. … Kh2?? 2. Ng4+ Kh1 3. Kf1 h2 4. Nf2#, but 1. Nf6/h6 should instead be met with 1. … h7! which draws by stalemate, or wins for Black after 2. Kg6?? (to avoid stalemate) Kg1 and 3. … h1=Q etc.


So, a number of tricky endings where one side has only K + N ultimately hinge on tempo, which the knight cannot “lose”.


The following position is an example of this tempo problem where the knight belongs to the cornered king.  Here, Black to move, can draw.  Given the chance, White will push the g-pawn and win by queening it.


How can Black, to move, draw?

Click here to find out how Black draws.


In the solution, Black’s Kc8 is akin to king triangulation to get the opposition of K to K, but here it is the “opposition” of K to N.


In the following position, White, to move, can win by engineering a position where the Black king critically blocks the Black rook.


How does White, to move, win?

Admittedly, many of us might have some difficulty winning with K+Q v K+R in time-restricted match conditions,

but it is a theoretical win for K+Q.  (A bit of a clue there!)

Click here to find out how White wins.