Emory Tate

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Emory Tate
Tate in 1984
Full nameEmory Andrew Tate Jr.
CountryUnited States
BornDecember 27, 1958
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedOctober 17, 2015(2015-10-17) (aged 56)
Milpitas, California, U.S.
Eileen Ashleigh
(m. 1985; div. 1997)
Children3, including Andrew and Tristan
TitleInternational Master
Peak rating2413 (FIDE, October 2006)

Emory Andrew Tate Jr. (December 27, 1958 – October 17, 2015) was an American chess international master. He was the father of the Internet personalities Andrew and Tristan Tate.

Early life and education

Emory Andrew Tate Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 27, 1958.[2] He grew up in a family of nine children. His father, Emory Andrew Tate I, was an attorney, and his mother, Emma Cox Tate, ran a truck-leasing business.[3] Tate II learned to play chess as a child. He served in the United States Air Force as a sergeant, where he "excelled as a linguist."[4] Tate learned Spanish through being an exchange student in Mexico. He was "chosen to participate in the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language, Spanish Division during the summer of 1975" and spent two months living with a Mexican family.[5]


In 1993, Tate gave chess lessons to elementary school students in Goshen, Indiana, as part of a community school board program.[6]

Tate's highest FIDE rating was 2413 on the October 2006 rating list, which made him the 72nd highest-rated player in the United States and among the top 2000 active players in the world.[7] His peak USCF rating was 2508 on December 30, 1996. He received the International Master title in 2007,[8] after earning his third norm at the 2006 World Open.[9]

His older son, Andrew, said: "I never saw him study chess books, ever. He also hated chess computers and never used them. He just sat down and played."[4]

Tate earned a reputation as a creative and dangerous tactician on the U.S. chess circuit, where he won about 80 tournament games against grandmasters.[10] Tate won the United States Armed Forces Chess Championship five times.[11][12] He won the Indiana state championship six times (1995, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007) and was inducted into the Indiana State Chess Hall of Fame in 2005. He also won the Alabama state championship in 2010.[13] Fellow Air Force veteran and 2003 U.S. Armed Forces Chess Champion Leroy Hill said: "All the players had street names. Emory's was 'Extraterrestrial' because we thought his play was out of this world."[4]

Personal life

In 1985, Tate married Eileen, an English woman. Together, they had three children, the oldest of whom was Andrew Tate.

The couple divorced in 1997, and his ex-wife returned to Luton, England with their children.[14]


On October 17, 2015, Tate died after suffering a heart attack during a tournament in Milpitas, California. After his death, a number of grandmasters and international masters wrote tributes to him.[15][16] In 2016, the Alabama Senate passed a resolution "celebrating [his] life and legacy".[17] Grandmaster Maurice Ashley described Tate as "a trailblazer for African-American chess".[18][19]


  1. ^ Warren, Tom; Dahir, Ikran (9 March 2023). "The Untold Story Of Andrew Tate, The Internet's Most Notorious Influencer". BuzzFeed News. Archived from the original on 10 March 2023. Retrieved 22 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Emory Tate | Top Chess Players". Chess.com. Retrieved 2022-09-26.
  3. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. 5–7.
  4. ^ a b c Lawrence, Al (January 2016). ""Unmatched Perspicacity" / IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015" (PDF). Chess Life. pp. 41–42. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. 8.
  6. ^ Stickel, Amy I. (August 30, 1993). "Goshen schools checkmate kids". South Bend Tribune. p. 11.
  7. ^ "Chess Games Database: IM Emory Tate". Chess.com. Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  8. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (October 21, 2015). "Emory Tate: chess savant, warrior (1958-2015)". The Chess Drum. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  9. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (July 5, 2006). "2006 World Open: Emory Tate gets 3rd IM Norm!". The Chess Drum. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  10. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. 31.
  11. ^ "Armed Forces Champ & Brilliant Tactician Emory Tate, 1958-2015". 19 October 2015.
  12. ^ Klein, Mike. "IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015". Chess.com. Retrieved 2022-11-24.
  13. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (May 2016). "Triple Exclam!!! The winning ways of Emory Tate, 1958-2015" (PDF). Chess Life. pp. 36–40. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  14. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. 26, 38.
  15. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. 73–77.
  16. ^ "Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #724". Mechanics' Institute. October 30, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  17. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. 74.
  18. ^ Shabazz 2017, p. iv.
  19. ^ Klein, Mike. "IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015". Chess.com. Retrieved 2022-11-24.


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