Fire on Board! (Ernst vs. Tate)

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In a throwback game, then-FM Emory Tate took on the rising star in IM Sipke Ernst. The game appeared to be headed toward a slow game from the Czech Benoni, but the Dutch player broke from the mold with 7.g4!? and a brawl ensued.

The game had some interesting maneuvers and when Tate showed deep positional understanding with a beautiful exchange sacrifice. Many think Tate is merely great tactician and do not give credit for his positional understanding, but this game shows some of his insight into positional chess.

See Game!

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


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