Tate and Muhammad set to battle for US crown
Emory Tate and Stephen Muhammad. Copyright   Daaim Shabazz.

Both Emory Tate and Stephen Muhammad will trek out to San Diego to join 62 others for the prestige of competing in the 2006 U.S. Chess Championship. There is as much anticipation as there was three years ago when Maurice Ashley and Stephen Muhammad were the first Blacks in history to compete in the tournament. Muhammad earned his 3rd IM norm in the tournament.

Both Tate and Muhammad bring different styles to the field, but what is perhaps most important is for both of them to start off well. Tate is known as a fierce attacker who thrives in complicated positions while Muhammad, mostly a positional player, wins many of his big games through sheer determination and intense focus. Both players have told The Chess Drum that this will be a defining moment in their respective careers.

Games of Tate and Muhammad!


Links

Official Site -  http://www.uschesschampionship.com/

The Chess Drum (2006 US Chess Championship coverage)

The Chess Drum, "Emory Tate qualifies for U.S. Championship!"
28 November 2006.
The Chess Drum, "Muhammad gets last spot in U.S. Championship!"
1 January 2006.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 28 February 2006