‘Tireless Tate’ on the beaten path!

IM Emory Tate has made clear that his goal is to make the title of Grandmaster. He has traveled through Europe; he has played in large opens; he has played in closed invitationals; he has played in weekend swisses. Currently he is playing at the Gem City Open in Dayton, USA. He no doubt will be present at the World Open in a couple of weeks.

What is interesting about Tate’s activity is that he has continued to maintain his energy over the past couple of years. Of course, it would be much better if there were more opportunity for GM norms within geographical reach… quality vs. quantity. Tate may be headed to Dubai to play in an invitational and hopefully sponsors will continue to realize his value to tournaments.

Following is a drawn game he sent in with Alexander Goldin played in Dayton, Ohio.

Tate,E – Goldin,A
Gem City Open, 2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nge7 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qf2 Bb4 9.Bd2 Qe7 10.0-0-0 0-0 11.g4 a6 12.h4 b5 13.h5 Bb7 14.Bd3 Rac8 15.Kb1 f6 16.Qe1 d6 17.Rg1 Bc5 18.Rg3 Nb4 19.Ne2 d5 20.exd5 Nxd3 21.cxd3 Bxd5 22.g5 fxg5 23.Rxg5 b4 24.Qg3 Rf5 25.Be3 Rxg5 26.fxg5 Bd6 27.Qg4 Qe8 28.b3 e5 29.Ng3 Qe6 30.Qxe6+ Bxe6 31.h6 Be7 32.Bc1 gxh6 33.gxh6 Rf8 34.Bb2 Rf3 35.Ne4 Bf5 36.Kc2 Kf7 37.Bxe5 Ke6 38.Bd6 Rh3 39.Bxe7 Kxe7 40.Re1 Rh2+ 41.Kb1 Kd7 42.Rf1 Bxe4 43.dxe4 Rxh6 44.Kc2 Rh2+ 45.Kd3 Ke6 46.Rf5 ½-½ (See Game)


  1. Tate’s determination is very inspiring good luck to him on his GM journey.In my opinion I think in chess that to be strong you can’t let the creative element overide the real truth of the position ❓

  2. This issue has come up. Such a fund would require organization and some guidelines. It can’t be an open spigot or the funds will be exhausted as soon as they are put it. There has to be a criteria otherwise top Black players will feel they have unlimited access to funds every time they travel to a tournament. It needs to be thought out carefully.

  3. This makes sense. Where do we go from here? Should we form some type of committee of like minded individuals?

  4. Emory is one of the greatist active minds in chess, and if we could put togather a fund that would allow him and others to draw from for tournaments abroad and far, then I am sure that he would reach his goal immediatly!!! I have an idea for passive income and after 18 months of promotion we would have the cash flow to make sure that “tate” and others are covered in there quest for Grand Master norms and titles! “Chibange”

  5. I think Tate is very GREAT;
    the GM title will come with MATE.
    We will all wonder why so LONG;
    the man was always STRONG.
    I don’t care much about the TITLE;
    he will always be my IDOL.
    I wish him Godspeed in his QUEST;
    he truly belongs among the BEST.

  6. Colas 😆

    Tate has to have one of the biggest fan bases out there. Maybe we can concentrate on him since he the most active and aggressive. However, when you deal with funds you have to have a structure set up and it has to be legally sound.

  7. Maybe we can meet at Worlds. I tried talking to Tate about it at the Chicago Open, but we will probably have to do it without his input. He wants help, but I’m not sure if he wants that type of involvement in the decision (to help him). It would almost seem vain… and Emory (while a proud person) is professional.

  8. I am planning to come to Worlds on Sunday, July 6th. I am very interested in participating in any effort to put together resources to help more of our players become Grand Masters. I agree that it might be a good idea to start with Tate. I am willing to contribute funds, and assist in helping to organize the effort. We should be able to get some Lawyers and Accountants who are interested in promoting Chess to help in setting up the kind of organization that will initiate this effort and make it grow.

  9. We also can’t forget that Amon Simutowe has three GM norms already! However, we understand that there are those like Emory who have a tighter window. After these two players, only Watu Kobese has any GM norms. We’ll have organize tournaments if we want to see more GMs.

  10. Daaim: Your response to Clotaire Colas refers to having a legally sound structure when dealing with funds. Totally agree, but was that response to Porter’s comment because it appears that in reading Clotaire’s poetic words on tate, there is no mention of funding at all.

  11. Guy,

    The laughing icon ended my reference to Clotaire’s poem. I then went on to refer to the issue we were discussing. The following statements weren’t referring to the poem. It may be more confusing, but I was going with the flow of the thread and stopped to acknowledge the poem before responding to Frank and John.

    Hope that clears things.

  12. Tate is one of the few I can truly call my teacher. He has inspired me and now I inspire others his gift will live forever. Always strong you can not be stopped. About time on a fund keep me posted.

  13. Tate lost badly yesterday against Marc Arnold (and then drew with Pasalic), but is looking to rebound against IM Angelo Young today. Here is there live transmission.

  14. Dr.D you are so right in mentioning not adding ETs input in how to go about helping him get to the next levelIican attend a metting at the worlds on Tate after the 4th keep me posted

  15. FM Albert Chow played a wonderful game against IM Kirill Kuderinov. I came up through the junior ranks with Chow and he is a friendly fellow. Loves chess. I was thrilled to see him play this way.

    What did Tate do? He beat Indiana friend FM Jim Dean. I played Dean recently at the Chicago Open and we discussed his development under Bernard Parham and his Matrix system (including 2.Qh5). Dean was one of the first talented players to take up the 2.Qh5 mantle. I remember reading about him when he was a junior. Years later when GM Hikaru Nakamura played 2.Qh5 against GM Krishnan Sasikiran, Dean gave some of his honest views of Parham’s system… very polite, but mixed. Here’sTate’s game with Dean. Tate is coming off of an impressive win over Aleksander Stamnov.

    Interesting, but Tate has squeezed two wins in a row in the endgame… no slashing mates. I don’t know… the above game looked to be drawn. Tate was able to get into a technical winning position.

  16. Tate wins again! This time he goes hypermodern on FM Florin Felecan playing 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.g3 Bd7 4.Bg2 Qc8!? 5.O-O Bh3. Absolutely amazing! I honestly believe Tate is moving into a different level in terms of showing his universality. I would hope this translates into GM norms, but his recent games are interesting.

  17. The many faces of emory tate! this game and others show the true strenght of tate and his ability to play many styles as needed,with more than a little understanding of endgames.Keep on moving forward tate!

  18. Tate plays 1.f4 once again in the 7th round. This time he gets hit with a nice tactical shot! Take a look.

    In the 8th round he is playing the Elephant Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5!?) and is headed into a murky tactical affair against Canada’s WFM Yuanling Yuan. I’m not sure if this is a great idea, but the position after 13.Qe3 is interesting. Barbados’ FM Dr. Philip Corbin is one of the main proponents of the gambit.

  19. Tate fell on the sword again with the Elephant Gambit. This opening can be tricky and I’ve seen Corbin score some good knockout wins (with 3…Bd6 instead of 3…e5). However, if white responds properly, they’ll get a lasting advantage. I’m not sure why Tate is playing so many different openings. If he plays regular openings instead of obscure lines, he’s strong enough to overpower them. He has played the Schleimann against the Ruy Lopez (3…f5!?), a line that has been rejuventated. Hopefully Tate will not lose too many ELO playing in these IM norm tournaments (as the target). He needs some GM norm tournaments where other players are the targets.

  20. “Tate’s Shooting Gallery in the Sozin Sicilian,” is the title of GM Larry Christiansen’s scintillating video analysis(33mins.) of IM Emory Tate’s victory over GM Yudasin.It can viewed at World Chess Live, USCF members have a free 6 months membership.

  21. DR D The possible amount to raise for the BGMF can be in my view, travel, hotels, meals and maybe a kitty fund what do you think

  22. Here is Tate’s last game from the 12th FIDE Invitational in Chicago. He beats Chicago veteran and former 1994 U.S. Open co-champion, FM Albert Chow. Tate plays the increasingly popular wing-gambit 1.e4 c5 2.a3!? g6 3.b4!?

  23. Here is a video from the National Game/30 Championship in Chicago won by IM Emory Tate last month. Tate bested a field of IMs (including Jan van DeMortal and Kuril Kuderinov) to walk away with a “fistful of dollars.”

  24. Hey, Good to see my old man has alot of supporters out there. I know he plays for you guys just as much as he plays for himself.

    Tristan Tate

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