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E Tate 
Photograph copyright 2001,  
Emory Tate
Number of games in database: 185
Years covered: 1987 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2214 (2231 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2413
Overall record: +91 -73 =17 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B87 B47 B89 B54 B90
 French Defense (11) 
    C00 C11 C18 C19 C02
 French (8) 
    C00 C11
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
    B47 B46 B48
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C68 C62 C85 C60
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A20 A25 A21
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B22 B90 B40 B56 B32
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B90 B94 B91 B92 B93
 Old Benoni (8) 
    A43 A44
 Reti System (6) 
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A57 A56 A58
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 A40 A50 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   DeFirmian vs E Tate, 2001 0-1
   E Tate vs T Braunlich, 2001 1-0
   H Terrie vs E Tate, 2001 0-1
   E Tate vs D Coleman, 1993 1-0
   E Tate vs D Gurevich, 1988 1-0
   E Tate vs G Sagalchik, 1995 1-0
   E Tate vs Y Shulman, 2001 1-0
   E Tate vs R Mandl, 1987 1-0
   E Tate vs Yudasin, 1997 1-0
   Zhe Quan vs E Tate, 2001 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   National Open (2007)
   US Championship 2006 (2006)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   World Open (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Emory Tate Chess Hero by Timothy Glenn Forney puzzles by rollerblader

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(born Dec-27-1958, died Oct-17-2015, 56 years old) United States of America

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Tate was born in Chicago, Illinois and awarded the International Master title in 2007. While serving in the Air Force, Tate won the Armed Forces Championship five times. Tate earned a reputation as a swashbuckling tactician. He collapsed and died at a chess tournament on October 17, 2015.

Wikipedia article: Emory Tate

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 185  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Tate vs R Mandl 1-053 1987 NATO-ch 10thB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. E Tate vs K A Mork 1-035 1987 NATO-ch 10thE91 King's Indian
3. M Eiber vs E Tate  1-032 1987 NATO-ch 10thA45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. E Tate vs R Elseth  1-040 1987 NATO-ch 10thB40 Sicilian
5. O Moen vs E Tate 0-138 1987 NATO-ch 10thA04 Reti Opening
6. E Tate vs O Steffens  ½-½63 1987 NATO-ch 10thA12 English with b3
7. Larsen vs E Tate 1-064 1988 Software Toolworks opE60 King's Indian Defense
8. B G Moore vs E Tate  0-131 1988 USA Air Force-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. S Echaure vs E Tate  0-139 1988 USA Air Force-chA12 English with b3
10. E Tate vs D Gurevich 1-060 1988 STW op Long BeachB89 Sicilian
11. E Tate vs Miles  0-144 1988 Long BeachB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
12. E Tate vs P Waldowski  ½-½16 1988 USA Air Force-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. E Tate vs R Koepcke  0-139 1989 US opC00 French Defense
14. R J Kermeen vs E Tate  0-124 1989 NATO-chB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. E Tate vs Kamsky 0-145 1989 AmericanB10 Caro-Kann
16. E Tate vs M Werner  0-140 1989 NATO-chA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Wolff vs E Tate  0-135 1989 World opB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. E Tate vs J Hechtlinger  1-037 1989 US opB83 Sicilian
19. M Becker vs E Tate  0-141 1989 NATO-chA26 English
20. E Tate vs Igor Ivanov  0-137 1989 PhiladelphiaA00 Uncommon Opening
21. E Tate vs N Michaelsen  0-155 1989 NATO-chC26 Vienna
22. J L Burden vs E Tate 1-036 1989 USA Air Force-chB56 Sicilian
23. E Tate vs J Marconnet  1-046 1989 US opE73 King's Indian
24. J Crook vs E Tate 0-125 1989 Maryland opA03 Bird's Opening
25. E Tate vs M Brooks 0-153 1989 New York (USA)C26 Vienna
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Oct-19-15  zanzibar: <He once told this reporter (Mike Klein) that he was influenced by the only chess book he'd ever read, "The Art of Attack in Chess" by IM Vladimir Vukovic.>

<Our own Vice President, IM Daniel Rensch: "If anyone wants to see the greatest game ever played, give me a chessboard and gather round" - Emory Tate, immediately after walking into the skittles room at the National Open >

<Andrew related his father's favorite quote to "My unmatched perspicacity, coupled with my sheer indefatigability, combine to make me a feared opponent in any realm of human endeavor.">

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  WannaBe: Good, that (player's) picture came back. Dunno why it was gone but it's back now.
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  offramp: The great Sam Sloan writes:

"He was a colorful but difficult personality. He often got into arguments and disputes. I remember once when Carol Jarecki [Mother of John Jarecki - Alan] forfeited him for something he did during a time pressure scramble in the last round with a large amount of prize money at stake.

I only played him once. That was a 5-minute game during the 1988 World Open in Philadelphia. After we sat down at the board but before the clocks had started, he said, "You lost this game." I replied, "How can I have lost when the game has not been played yet?" He said, "Because you have no chance against me, so already you lost." He did win the game however..."

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  offramp: From


<"The most talked about game in the tournament was the hotly disputed last round game between Nati Ribshtein of Israel and Emory Tate of the USA. Tate had 18 seconds left on his clock and sudden death time controls applied. With no chance of making the time limit, Tate stopped the clock and invoked the "no winning chances" rule, a little known and little understood fairly new USCF rule. His opponent, who spoke no English, did not understand. The arbiters accepted> [? did not accept?] <Tate's claim.

Under the rule, Tate was required to take half of his time off the clock, which would leave him with only 9 seconds for the remainder of the game, but he would get 5 seconds added for every move that he played.

However, Tate became abusive about this and, after being warned three times by Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki to stop his abusive behaviour, Tate was forfeited by Assistant Arbiter Vincent Moore.

This controversial ruling was still being debated late into the night and perhaps will be debated for years to come...."> [...not.]

Tate does not seem to be mentioned in the list of prize winners, but Nati Ribshtein is: he was 72nd with 5.5/9.

Oct-19-15  Poisonpawns: RIP to E.T!
Oct-19-15  zanzibar: This seems to be how Tate approached every game:

<Fast Emory: You know, I got a hunch, fat man. I got a hunch it's me from here on in. One check, corner square. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know, all of a sudden you feel like you can't miss? 'Cause I dreamed about this game, fat man. I dreamed about this game every night on the road. Bxf6+. You know, this is my board, man. I own it.>

Adapted from one of my favorite movies... kinda obvious which one.

Oct-19-15  doc jtr: as an african american chess player i admired Emory Tate. He seemed fearless and full of new off the beaten path ideas. I never met him but my heart mourns just the same R.I.P.
Oct-19-15  ketchuplover: Thanks for your chessic feats
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  chancho: Emory Tate interview from 2006 World Open.

Oct-19-15  SugarDom: I know some friends who would like to go Emory's way, playing chess till the end. Lol. For them it's more than a game, it's life itself.

RIP Emory Tate 1958-2015

Oct-19-15  Riverbeast: I have a funny story about a guy I know who tried to hustle Tate in blitz, in the skittles room of a big tournament

Tate was sipping whiskey, enjoying himself, getting a little drunk...The guy I knew (a strong expert) enticed Tate to give him some lopsided time odds for money....I think it was five minutes to one minute

The expert told everyone to gather around and watch, because he was about to "hustle E.T." while he was drinking

Tate ended up giving him the time odds and beating him every single game...While still sipping whiskey out of the bottle....The last game he lost, the expert didn't have any money left and couldn't pay Tate

Tate dismissed him...He said "Get off my table" and "Come back when you have more money"...The expert walked away completely humiliated, with his tail between his legs

Anybody who underestimated Tate did so at their own peril

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  swordfish: I knew Emory Tate only slightly, but he was definitely a feared attacking player, and a character to boot. RIP - you left us too soon.
Oct-20-15  Granny O Doul: I remember that Tate-Sloan tourney blitz game mentioned above. Tate was a little late to the board for some reason, and Sloan made some gripe about it. Tate asked "do you want time odds?", and Sloan said no, but something about delaying the tournament. Tate said "this won't take long, my son", and it didn't.

I feel sort of bad about relating the story, as Sloan's own recollection was humble enough. I won't do it again.

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  esteger: Despite his difficulties, Emory was a good man who deserved better than he got. I'm glad I was able to help him get to Europe one last time. He went out fighting, no nursing home for him. Rest in peace buddy.
Oct-20-15  zanzibar: WTHarvey's site of tacticals has a page devoted to Tate:

Bandoodle has a couple of his too, but he's on the losing side in both (vs Shabalov & Vaganian):

This M4 got a lot of attention:

(White to move)

click for larger view

(The 3rd move is the moneymaker)

Here's Emory himself taking us through his Saljivus Bercys 2007 game:

(There's a lot of background noise, but it's well worth wading through)

Here's Akobian giving an elementary lesson on punishing a misplayed opening, with Tate on the receiving end. Just for some balance I guess, and a nice minature:

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  Robin01: I never played him a serious game, but I picked him up at bus stations numerous times and had breakfast with him a few times. He called me from Vegas about 1:00 am one night (speech slurred a bit -- good old Emory!:)), and told me he was flying through my town and wanted to know if any tournaments were happening. It was good knowing you -- RIP Emory!
Oct-21-15  MoonlitKnight: I'm sad to hear that Emory passed away at such a young age. I recently played a lot of blitz games against him on ICC. His play seemed to have deteriorated a lot in the last few years, maybe due to health issues, I don't know. The games were always interesting, though. He seemed like a gentleman and a very nice guy to me even if I never met him. RIP.
Oct-21-15  Jambow: Saw him about 4 or 5 years ago in Indianapolis at a small tourney which he of course won. I have stated before Tate had a bravado about him not typically associated with chess players, Fischer aside. He spoke of his son being deeply involved in mixed martial arts, Gracie ju Jitsu if memory serves correct. My little brother is a bit of a MMA phenom so I was versed enough to carry on a conversation with him, having a little back ground myself.

I'm also from the region, being born on the south side of Chicago, growing up mostly in NW Indiana and having worked in Gary at the USPS plant for 17 years. Also on the side repossessing cars, great fun...

So my other encounter with Emory was way back at the HB Global open in Minneapolis MN. Looking at a complex tactical game on the monitor with a fellow patzer and trying to see the reason for the players resignation, a fuming Emory after just losing his game was passing by and over heard our conversation. He looked at the screen and instantly and almost belligerently belted out the obvious to him winning combination and continued on his way as quickly as he stepped into our micro cosmos. Me and the other player were like yea right there it is or something to that effect.

Loss for the chess world...

Oct-21-15  Justin Flint: <He was one of the most amazing fighting players [Mikhail Tal] who ever lived.

He made moves that were simply unbelievable.

The story goes that he was walking around the tables at a chess tournament once.

He passed by a table where both players had agreed upon a draw, because the position was impossibly complicated.

Tal, without breaking stride, pointed out the winning move for one side, smiled, and moved on.>

Oct-22-15  HeMateMe: <Also on the side repossessing cars, great fun...>

How is that? Ever been shot at, or had to run for your life?

Oct-22-15  Jambow: <HeMateMe> Yes I had to run for my life while being shot at actually.

I was hit in my left forearm while sprinting to the back of the car we were trying to get. I returned fire after getting to cover and he correctly decided incoming fire had the right of way and became one with the linoleum in the kitchen who's window he was shooting at me from. Why he picked me at 5'9 165lbs when the guy next to me was 6'5" and well over 300lbs I don't know? Shawn was a much easier target. All this for a poop brown Chevy Celebrity that now had a few extra holes in it to boot. This happened was next to the worst projects in Gary and I knew it was bad when we dropped off the papers at the police station and they all started laughing very loudly. Much more to this story, involving dogs and Dramamine but that's the short of it.

Ironically about a week before that a guy where I played on pool leagues introduced me to a fellow repoman. My compatriot asked how many times I had been shot, and proceeded to show me his multiple battle scars. Mostly small caliber stuff, shoulder buttocks etc... I with dimwitted arrogance said you must be doing something wrong I have never been shot. Honestly I seldom used a tow truck usually had keys so I was a repo ninja working in stealth mode. Had tools to get cars like a thief too, slim jims ignition cracker. With a vin# and the correct phone# you could at that time easily get keys cut. I was at a dealership in the shop and on the wall posted were the numbers for all three big American makes. Naturally I found them useful.

Hope you don't mind the story on Emory Tate's page but he seemed just like the kinda of guy who would appreciate it and it took place in Gary his place of birth.

Oct-22-15  Jambow: Nice article sorry if someone else posted it already.
Oct-22-15  HeMateMe: Interesting stuff, Jam. I certainly wouldn't be standing around with a tow truck either, if I was in that business. I'd go at night when people are sleeping, work fast and quietly.
Nov-09-15  SimplicityRichard: One of the strongest Masters not to have earned a Grandmaster title even after demolishing several GMs. It should be made easier to pass into GM status if one is strong enough. Perhaps there are too many barriers limiting chess experts with little time or money to climb the greasy pole to Grandmaster-hood.

Rest in peace Emory Tate. #

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  Domdaniel: <Jambow> Great story, and I reckon Emory Tate would not object to having it here. It feels right.

I've never been shot at -- though I worked as a security guard, and later interviewed the director of the film Repo Men, Alex Cox. Which is a really vague connection...

I'm also much the same age as Tate was. I never met him, but I admire his games.

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