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Fred Dewhurst Yates
Number of games in database: 491
Years covered: 1909 to 1932
Overall record: +176 -202 =111 (47.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (96) 
    C91 C88 C83 C79 C77
 Sicilian (45) 
    B40 B29 B83 B45 B43
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (43) 
    C91 C88 C87 C86 C90
 French Defense (30) 
    C14 C01 C10 C12 C13
 French (17) 
    C10 C13 C12 C11 C00
 Alekhine's Defense (17) 
    B02 B03 B05
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (43) 
    D63 D64 D66 D65 D67
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C77 C87 C88 C80 C71
 King's Indian (25) 
    E60 E62 E90 E83 E76
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D05 D02 A45 A46 E10
 Vienna Opening (14) 
    C29 C28 C26 C25
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C87 C88 C84 C86 C90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 0-1
   Yates vs A Haida, 1925 1-0
   Yates vs Reti, 1924 1-0
   Menchik vs Yates, 1932 0-1
   Yates vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 1-0
   Vidmar vs Yates, 1930 0-1
   Yates vs Rubinstein, 1926 1-0
   Yates vs Marshall, 1929 1/2-1/2
   Bogoljubov vs Yates, 1925 0-1
   Yates vs V Marin y Llovet, 1930 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1919)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   Scheveningen (1913)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)
   Hastings 1928/29 (1928)
   San Remo (1930)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   New York (1924)
   London (1922)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Semmering (1926)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Moscow (1925)
   Karlsbad (1929)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   One-Hundred-and-One of my Best Games of Chess by Resignation Trap
   Frederick Dewhurst Yates - Remarkable games by Karpova
   London 1922 by Benzol
   San Remo 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Scheveningen 1913 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1919 by Phony Benoni

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(born Jan-16-1884, died Nov-11-1932, 48 years old) United Kingdom

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Fred Dewhirst Yates was born in Birstall, near Leeds, England. He was British Champion in 1913, 1914 (after tie), 1921, 1926, 1928 and 1931. A dogged and tenacious player he was a dangerous opponent to anyone. He managed to defeat at least once most of the best players of his time. Sadly he died in his sleep, gassed by a faulty pipe connection at his home in London in 1932.

Wikipedia article: Frederick Yates

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Yates vs J Blake 0-146 1909 British Chess Federation Master TtC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Yates vs H Jacobs 1-047 1909 British Chess Federation Master TtB01 Scandinavian
3. H Holmes vs Yates 1-030 1909 BCF-ch 6thD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. F J Lee vs Yates  0-132 1909 6th British Chess Federation CongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Yates vs G Schories  1-068 1910 Blackpool mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. G Schories vs Yates 0-144 1910 Blackpool mC49 Four Knights
7. Blackburne vs Yates  1-040 1910 OxfordC45 Scotch Game
8. Yates vs G Schories  1-035 1910 Blackpool mC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
9. G Schories vs Yates 0-126 1910 Blackpool mC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. G H Wolbrecht vs Yates 0-156 1910 12th Anglo-American Cable MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Salwe vs Yates  1-046 1910 HamburgD05 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Yates vs Schlechter  0-161 1910 HamburgC48 Four Knights
13. Yates vs A Speijer  ½-½55 1910 HamburgC49 Four Knights
14. Koehnlein vs Yates  1-088 1910 HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Yates vs Dus Chotimirsky 0-165 1910 HamburgC48 Four Knights
16. Leonhardt vs Yates  1-023 1910 HamburgC78 Ruy Lopez
17. Yates vs Spielmann  0-131 1910 HamburgC49 Four Knights
18. Duras vs Yates  1-062 1910 HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Yates vs Nimzowitsch  0-158 1910 HamburgB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
20. Teichmann vs Yates  1-042 1910 HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Yates vs W John  0-144 1910 HamburgC12 French, McCutcheon
22. Alekhine vs Yates 1-046 1910 HamburgD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. Tarrasch vs Yates 0-133 1910 HamburgD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Yates vs L Forgacs  ½-½38 1910 HamburgC66 Ruy Lopez
25. Tartakower vs Yates  ½-½39 1910 HamburgC28 Vienna Game
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  GrahamClayton: The Yates variation of the Queens-Indian Defence is 1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 e6 3. ♘f3 b6 4. g3 ♗a6 5. ♗g2 ♗b4+ 6. ♗d2 a5

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

Jan-16-09  WhiteRook48: hmm.... Yates had a win against Alekhine.
May-13-09  FHBradley: In fact, two.
Feb-28-10  Flatfish: <GrahamClayton: The Yates variation of the Queens-Indian Defence is 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 a5

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992>

Wow! 6 ... a5! This must be the only chess opening in which a pawn is allowed to leapfrog over a bishop.

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  GrahamClayton: <Flatfish>Wow! 6 ... a5! This must be the only chess opening in which a pawn is allowed to leapfrog over a bishop.

My mistake. The Yates variation of the Queens-Indian Defence is 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 a5.

Here is part of the obituary notice for Yates from the "Times" newspaper of the 12th of November, 1932:

"Yates was a very hard player to beat when in his best form, though he suffered from an inability to recognize that some games were positionally drawn, and the effort to win them was not always successful. No doubt his score would have been better at times if he had recognised the inevitable, yet against that he more than once pulled a game out of the fire by nothing else than a grim determination to extract the most from the position. He was a great little fighter."

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  GrahamClayton: In 1926 Yates played a game against W Gooding at Edinburgh which went for 180 moves. Apparently it was the longest competitive game played up to that time. Does the game score still survive?
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  brankat: R.I.P. master Yates.
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  wordfunph: In the book 101 Of My Best Games by Frederick Yates published by Moravian Chess in 1934, confusingly there were actually 109 games on it.

rest in peace Master Yates..

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  Penguincw: < Sadly he died in his sleep, gassed by a faulty pipe connection at his home in London in 1932. >

Interesting. That I'm a little scared to sleep. :)

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  pawn to QB4: Some years ago Chess magazine ran a competition to find the world's saddest chess player. A friend of mine was too late to enter, but would have stood a fair chance with his hobby of visiting the graves of famous players.

His great discovery was a bit startling. He tells me that the tombstone of Yorkshire's finest is in Birstall, and gives his name not as Frederick Dewhurst Yates, but as Fred Dewhirst Yates. My friend is particularly confident about the spelling of the middle name, as it was Yates' mother's surname; he also reckons that Yates's siblings all had very plain English names, so believes the first name was probably plain old "Fred" and not the more grandiose "Frederick", even though that's the version given by Yates's contemporaries. Not that there's much chance of righting the record at this stage...but it's a shame that the title of Saddest Chess player On God's Earth may have gone to someone less deserving.

Mar-15-12  AlanPardew: <A friend of mine...>

Not that old one. Admit it, it was you! I bet you have a photo album of the headstones, as well.

Maybe they curtailed Frederick to save money on the engraving.

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  pawn to QB4: I wondered if someone would suspect it was me, but no, I can't claim this one. I did ask the chap (since I don't put my name here I can't fairly say who it is) whether it was Fred. indicating short for Frederick but he reckoned not. Seems he does have a photo album of the headstones though. I thought his toughest competitor was a bloke who used stop his car to check chess set displays in shop windows, hoping to find them set up wrongly. He enjoyed complaining to management.
Mar-15-12  AlanPardew: Many years ago, I bought a cheapo pocket chess set with magnetic pieces from the Sainsbury's in Nine Elms, only to discover - oh the horror! - that the board was the wrong way around (black h1 square). The lady on Customer Service didn't seem to really get it, but I got a refund all the same.
Apr-25-12  Cibator: Well, they couldn't even get the board the right way round on Alekhine's grave when it was repaired after being damaged in the Boxing Day 1999 hurricane.

See image at

(You have to scroll right to the end.)

Dec-28-12  Cibator: Regarding the correct version of Yates' forename: I very recently read a piece about his fellow-Yorkshireman Sir Fred Hoyle, the eminent astronomer.

Seems that in that part of the world, Fred is in fact regarded by quite a few people as a full name in its own right, not necessarily a diminutive of Frederick (or, in the case of my uncle, of Alfred). That was apparently true of Hoyle, and could well have been so with Yates as well.

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  SteinitzLives: Do not study his games, you will not get better. Rather, play thru them quickly and give each the heading: "do not let this happen to you". Excepting of course when he wins.
Aug-10-13  Tomlinsky: <The popular rendering of his name as “Frederick Dewhurst Yates” is erroneous. There seems no evidence of any formal, official documents ever calling him “Frederick”, instead “Fred” seems to appear throughout. “Dewhurst” is a spelling mistake now widely copied in the literature.>

Picture of gravestone...

Yorkshire Chess History - Fred Dewhirst Yates -

Oct-07-13  Karpova: 7-player tournament in London, September 1926:

1. V Buerger 6.0
2. Yates 4.5
3. Goldstein 4.0
4. Blake 2.5
5. Saunders 2.0
6. Morrison 1.5
7. Wheatcroft 0.5

From page 316 of the October 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-08-13  Karpova: City of London Chess Club tournament, October 1926:

1-2. V Buerger 5.0
1-2. F D Yates 5.0
3-4. Saunders 4.5
3-4. Sir Thomas 4.5
5. Sergeant 4.0
6. Wheatcroft 2.5
7. Goldstein 2.0
8. Morrison 0.5

From page 378 of the December 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Apr-22-14  bengalcat47: I'm just wondering if he was related in any way to the checkers (draughts) master named Robert Thomas Yates.
Apr-23-14  bengalcat47: I have to correct my last post. The Checkers master was in fact "Robert David Yates." He died of typhus in 1885, at a relatively young age. Robert David Yates was an American.
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  MissScarlett: According to this DB, Yates played one solitary game during the period 1914-1918. He was 30 at the outbreak of war and in the prime of his life. Was chess life in Britain entirely extinguished for the duration? Or did Yates spend most of it under his bed?
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  TheFocus: <In the perfect chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale, the interest not being allayed until the very last moment> - Frederick Yates and William Winter.
Jul-14-15  sanju1996d: Its a shame that such a great player remained just in the database of chess game. His win over Alekhine was a beautiful masterpiece yet he ended up being an underrated player. Its all about your destiny. If you are lucky enough you will be remembered.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Freddie!!
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