Better King Position:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 1) and the
Chess Strategies Guide (Section 3: Studying the Pieces)

Better King Position
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Point Count Chess, Examples
Better King Position

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 167 - Page 239-240 PCC, Better King Position. Example #1
The Confined King (1 of 2)

(p239-240) Diagram NO.167
Capablanca v. Tartakower, 1924
The Confined King
(1 of 2)


Black's King becomes Confined to his back rank, by White's Queen Rook, which is brought up through the h-file, which White forces Open.

Black appears the architect of his own downfall, with Opening phase moves that appear to weaken his Kingside, prior to Black opting to Castle Kingside. Black also exchanges material that could have helped defend his King.

White exploits Black's weak deployment, exchanging material to Open the e-file, before invading to take out Black's heavy Pieces (1x Rook and Queen), to leave Black's King vulnerable to a Kingside attack.
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 168 - Page 241 PCC, Better King Position. Example #1
The Confined King (2 of 2)

(p241) Diagram NO.168
Capablanca v. Hodges, 1915
The Confined King
(2 of 2)


Black's King becomes Confined to his Kingside corner (h8), by White's light-Bishop, with White's dark-Bishop providing a secondary threat, to prevent Black's Pawns moving to give their King a means of escape.

A Bishop-Queen Battery, by White, forces Black to weaken his Pawn structure around the Kingside Castled King, by advancing the f-Pawn, which lets White's light-Bishop attack along the a2-g8 diagonal, Confining Black's King to the h8 corner square.

Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram 180 - Page 255-256 PCC, Better King Position. Example #2
Mobility of the King

(p255-256) Diagram NO.180
Johner v. Euwe, 1934
Mobility of the King

This example shows when and how Black gets his King mobilized, to beat White's King to the Better King Position, which enables Black to win the game (with the threat to Promote a Pawn).
Point Count Chess - IE - Diagram xa to xc - Page 257-258 PCC, Better King Position. Example #3
Improving the King Position

(p257-258) Diagram NO.181
Tarrasch v. Walbrodt, 1898
Improving the King Position

This example shows when and how White improves his King's position.

The timing of the King's mobilization is critical, and it's recommended the King is brought out from his Stronghold (or what's left of it), BEFORE any anticipated exchanges that will transition play into the Endgame phase.

Once the position has been Simplified, it's preferable to have the King at least on the way to toward the enemy's back rank, before the game has entered the Endgame phase.

Further Reading

Point Count Chess (Horowitz & Mott-Smith, 1960)
  • The Confined King, (p239)
  • King Position and the Offside Majority, (p255)
  • Improving the King Position, (p257)
  • King Position and Offside Majority SUMMARY, (p266)


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