Chicago Blaze nabs Emory Tate!

U.S. Chess League's 'Chicago Blaze'

The U.S. Chess League just got a bit more exciting. In it’s fourth season, the league has expanded to 14 teams with Chicago and Arizona joining the western conference. IM Emory Tate has agreed to play for the Chicago Blaze in their debut season.

The swashbuckling tactician will bring his uncompromising style to the league, but of course one has to play a bit more conservatively in team events. Nevertheless, Tate will certainly be a welcome addition to the fantastic project of IM Greg Shahade, the league founder and commissioner.

The league has more than 20 GMs competing and a strong cadre of IMs, FMs and National Masters. There are many aspiring Masters and talented juniors as well. The league has a site with the feel of espn.com and is a bonanza for sports enthusiasts.

Official Site: https://www.uschessleague.com/

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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  1. Emory carries Blaze to Victory!
    https://main.uschess.org/content/view/8747/473/

    IM Emory Tate

    wins his second game for the Chicago Blaze only one week after an impressive victory against Seattle’s Michael Lee. This time he beat an old rival in IM Larry Kaufman.

    U.S. Chess League, 2008
    White: Tate, Emory (Chicago)
    Black: Kaufman, Larry (Baltimore)

    1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Ne2 Nf6 8.e5 Nd5 9.O-O Qb6 10.Bd3 Nb4 11.a4 Nxd3 12.a5 Qa6 13.cxd3 O-O 14.Nxd4 d6 15.Nf3 dxe5 16.Nxe5 Bf5 17.d4 Rad8 18.Qa4 Rd5 19.b3 f6 20.Nf3 Bh6 21.Qc4 Qxc4 22.bxc4 Rd7 23.Ra3 Bxf4 24.d3 Bc7 25.h3 Bg3 26.Be3 g5 27.d5 Bb8 28.Nd4 Bg6 29.Ne6 Rc8 30.Rb3 a6 31.Rfb1 Be5 32.Kf2 Bf5 33.Nc5 Rdc7 34.g4 Rxc5 35.Bxc5 Bxd3 36.Rxd3 Rxc5 37.Rxb7 Kf8 38.Ra7 Rxa5 39.Ra8+ Kf7 40.Rc8 Ra2+ 41.Kf3 a5 42.c5 Rc2 43.Ra3 Bc3 44.d6 Bb4 45.d7 Rd2 46.d8=Q Rxd8 47.Rxd8 Bxa3 48.c6 1-0 (See game)

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