Emory Tate

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Emory Tate
Full nameEmory Andrew Tate II
CountryUnited States
BornDecember 27, 1958
Chicago, Illinois, US
DiedOctober 17, 2015(2015-10-17) (aged 56)
Milpitas, California, US
TitleInternational Master
Peak rating2413

Emory Andrew Tate II (December 27, 1958 – October 17, 2015) was an American chess player. Maurice Ashley, the first black grandmaster, called Tate "absolutely a trailblazer for African-American chess."[1] He is the father of kickboxer and internet celebrity Andrew Tate.[2]


Tate was born in Chicago, where his father Emory Andrew Tate Sr. was a prominent attorney. He learned to play chess as a child. He served in the United States Air Force as a sergeant, where his language skills were invaluable. His son said, "The military taught him Russian. He picked up Spanish and German by accident."[3] He had three children with his English wife; following the break up of their marriage she moved back to the UK with the children.[4] His eldest son, Andrew Tate, is a kickboxer and Internet personality. His daughter, Janine Tate Webb, is an attorney in the United States.[5] On October 17, 2015, Tate died after collapsing suddenly during a tournament in Milpitas, California.[6][7]

Chess career[edit]

"I never saw him study chess books, ever. He also hated chess computers and never used them. "He just sat down and played," his older son, Andrew, said.[3] 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.[8] His peak USCF rating was 2499 on the April 1997 list. He received the international master title in 2007,[9] after earning his third norm at the 2006 World Open.[10]

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. Tate won the United States Armed Forces Chess championship five times.[11] 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.[12] Fellow Air Force veteran and 2003 United States 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."[3]

Notable games[edit]

de Firmian-Tate, New Jersey Open 2001

Tate-Yudasin, U.S. Masters 1997[13]

Tate-Braunlich, U.S. Open 2001


  1. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (2017). Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior. The Chess Drum. p. ix. ISBN 978-0998118093.
  2. ^ Sardar, Samrat (August 4, 2022). "'Emory Tate was Absolutely a Trailblazer for African-American Chess': Andrew Tate's Father Once Received Ultimate Praise from Grandmaster Maurice Ashley". EssentiallySports.
  3. ^ a b c Lawrence, Al (January 2016). ""Unmatched Perspicacity" / IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015" (PDF). Chess Life. pp. 41–42. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  4. ^ Obituary at Scott's Chapel Hill Mortuary
  5. ^ "Janine Tate Webb - Frost Brown Todd". frostbrowntodd.com. Archived from the original on 2020-08-08.
  6. ^ Mike Klein, IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015
  7. ^ "Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #724". Mechanics' Institute. October 30, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  8. ^ No source
  9. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (October 21, 2015). "Emory Tate: chess savant, warrior (1958-2015)". The Chess Drum. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  10. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (July 5, 2006). "2006 World Open: Emory Tate gets 3rd IM Norm!". The Chess Drum. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  11. ^ "Armed Forces Champ & Brilliant Tactician Emory Tate, 1958-2015". 19 October 2015.
  12. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (May 2016). "Triple Exclam!!! / The winning ways of Emory Tate, 1958-2015" (PDF). Chess Life. pp. 36–40. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  13. ^ Emory Tate - Leonid Yudasin, U.S. Masters (Chicago) 1997

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