IM Emory Tate Delivers

When asked to name the player I most enjoy replaying their games, I have surprised most are surprised when I reply, “IM Emory Tate.” When asked why I have answered, “There is a reason he is called “Wild Man Tate.” Emory continually comes up with some of the strangest looking, most outlandish, moves ever made on a chess board. It would be fair to say Emory is an inventive player. Many of his games are tactical in nature, which is why he has accrued the reputation of being thought of as a “sharp” player. His games are always interesting.
After a game with IM Tate at the House of Pain one opponent was heard to say, “A game with Tate is like being in a knife fight.” From the way it was said I surmised the fellow had felt the cold, hard steel of the blade. The peripatetic player has been all over the country. Upon moving to Louisville and playing in a Monday night tournament one of the first things I heard was, “IM Emory Tate has played in our tournament. He has family over in Indiana.” Every week the usual suspects would come to the big box store lunch room, but when an unusual suspect would appear you could bet your sweet bippy he would hear about the time IM Emory Tate previously played in the event.
This caught my attention, “Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp.”
“International Master Emory Tate stunned the Bay Area’s best young chess players by achieving a perfect score in a massive simultaneous chess exhibition at the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp.”
Fremont, California (PRWEB) July 13, 2014
“For all those unaware of what a great chess player International Master Emory Tate truly is, the Torres Chess and Music Academy recommends playing through his recent win over Grandmaster Maurice Ashley in just 22 moves! For the children who participated in his simultaneous exhibition chess event on July 10th, Emory has achieved a legendary status.
Nearly 50 opponents, many of whom are some of the top ranked young chess players in the United States, took on the famed International Chess Master simultaneously. Emory Tate, who only had the white pieces in a few of the games, played for 5 hours and a walked nearly 2 miles while completing his simultaneous chess exhibition! During the course of this momentous task, Emory Tate emerged victorious on every single board.” (
Earlier this month I spotted this headline, “Famed Chess Coach Aims to Make California’s Best Chess Camp Even Better” on the excellent chess blog, “The Chess Drum.” (
“The Torres Chess and Music Academy is excited to announce the addition of International Master Emory Tate to our roster of famed chess instructors. Over the board, Tate is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking chess players of our time. Emory first received national recognition as the best chess player in the United States Air force and by winning the All-Armed Services tournament five different times, setting a record which may never be broken.
After the Cold War ended in 92, Tate went into civilian life in Indiana. During these years, he became Indiana State champion a total of six different times and then Alabama State Chess Champion twice. Tate currently holds the FIDE title of International Master which is only one step below the highest title of Grandmaster. However, Emory makes it a regular habit to defeat top grandmasters at the prestigious chess tournaments in which he often participates.” (
IM Emory Tate – GM Maurice Ashley
2014 National Open 3d round
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 a6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Qc7 7.Be3 d6 8.Qf3 Nf6 9.Bd3 Be7 10.Qg3 Bd7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Rae1 Rac8 13.a3 g6 14.Kh1 Kh8 15.Nf3 Rg8 16.e5 Nh5 17.Qh3 f5 18.exf6 Nxf6 19.Ng5 Rcf8 20.Nxe6 Qc8 21.f5 gxf5 22.Bxf5 Rf7 23.Bh6 1-0

The game is annotated by Chris Torres, the author of the aforementioned press releases and can be found here: (
He writes, “In the entire recorded history of chess, this move has only been played once previously in a nice win for white. See Michael Link vs Daniel Schlecht from Germany, 1993.”
I found this strange game on the Chessbase database (

Horak,Martin (1797) – Moravec,Vit (2120) [B82]
Kouty nad Desnau, 01.01.2013

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Qc7 6.
Be3 Nf6 7. f4 d6 8. Nc3 Nc6 9. Qf3 Be7 10. Qg3 O-O 11. O-O-O b5 12. e5 Nxd4 13.
Bxd4 dxe5 14. Bxe5 Qa5 15. Kb1 Bb7 16. Bxh7+ Kxh7 17. Rd7 Bc6 18. Rxe7 b4 19.
Qh4+ Kg8 20. Bxf6 gxf6 21. Qg3+ Kh7 22. Qh4+ Kg7 23. Qg4+ Kh6 24. Qh4+ Kg7 1/2-1/2

It has been good to see the return of GM Ashley to the arena. Like others who have taken a break from competitive action he has found the going difficult. He played in the Ron Simpson Memorial, in Cary, NC, back in March. Maurice won his first four games, as did his last round opponent, Sanjay Ghatti, a young expert from Atlanta. I had been watching the games over the internet and was extremely disappointed when “technical difficulties” prevented the last round game between the two players in the top section with an unblemished record. Mr. Ghatti pulled a gigantic upset over the Grandmaster while becoming a NM. I have looked in vain for the game on the NCCA website. I did, however, managed to follow a few of the earlier games and am left with the memory of Maurice playing the Modern, “rope a dope” style with Black. It is obvious that in the game with IM Tate he could have improved with the b5 break on move seven. White has scored well against the defensive scheme used by GM Ashley and the programs show it as best. GM Ashley could have played another move n lieu of 11…0-0; 11… g6 12. Kh1 O-O 13. f5 Kh8 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15.Bh6 Rg8 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Qh3 g5 18. e5 g4 19. Qh4 Ne4 20. Qe1 Ng5 21. exd6 Bxd6 22. Bxg5 Rxg5 23. Qxe6 Rg7 24. Rf6 Bxh2 25. Raf1 Rag8 26. Rh6
as in Vera (2430)-Velez (2410) Cuba 1982, 1-0 (37). Playing passively against “Wild Man” Tate did not work this time. This thrust of the sharp edge put GM Ashley out of the National Open.