Emory Tate @ Cali Chess Camp

Famed Chess Coach Aims to Make
California’s Best Chess Camp Even Better

The Torres Chess and Music Academy is excited to announce the addition of International Master Emory Tate to our roster of famed chess instructors. Over the board, Tate is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking chess players of our time. Emory first received national recognition as the best chess player in the United States Air force and by winning the All-Armed Services tournament five different times, setting a record which may never be broken.

IM Emory Tate
Photo by Daaim Shabazz

After the Cold War ended in 92, Tate went into civilian life in Indiana. During these years, he became Indiana State champion a total of six different times and then Alabama State Chess Champion twice. Tate currently holds the FIDE title of International Master which is only one step below the highest title of Grandmaster. However, Emory makes it a regular habit to defeat top grandmasters at the prestigious chess tournaments in which he often participates.

In the classroom, Tate is known for presenting very energetic chess lessons that not only teach his students better techniques but also increase their enthusiasm for the game of chess. During the last three years alone, Tate has positively influenced at least one thousand children in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, his ability to teach exciting lessons while maintaining a disciplined classroom has made Emory Tate one of the most sought after chess coaches in the United States.

“I take great pleasure in presenting IM Emory Tate to our chess students at the MSJE Fremont Summer Chess Camp. Our summer camp is known for equipping students with what they need to become the best chess players in the United States and in becoming National Chess Champions. I believe Emory Tate will help Mission San Jose Elementary School to not only win another National Title but, in the near future, make a clean sweep of the USCF National Elementary Chess Championships.”

-Chris Torres, President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy

In addition to IM Emory Tate, the MSJE Fremont Summer Chess Camp is also providing instruction from Joe Lonsdale, James Paquette, Francisco Anchondo, Tans Hylkema, NM Eric Schiller, Chris Torres and GM Susan Polgar. The Torres Chess and Music Academy believes that this year’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp may represent the greatest collection of chess instructors ever assembled under one roof.

In addition to the National Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary School, the MSJE Fremont Summer Chess Camp is open to any child who wishes to take his/her chess game to the next level during the month of July. For more information and to register, please visit the Torres Chess and Music Academy online at https://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

~Chris Torres




  1. I am glad to see Emory’s continued contributions and life work. Keep up the good work Mr. Torres and IM Emory Tate.
    Kimani A. Stancil

  2. Cool news about Emory’s new coaching opportunity. What I always liked about Emory’s postmortems was the enthusiasm he generated when recreating his razor sharp forays. Exclam. Double exclam!

    Bravo Daaim. Keep up the great work!

  3. Emory has been on the west coast for some time teaching chess. Chess is a hard life, but Emory has dedicated his life to it. He has given all that he has.

    If he had a sponsor, there is no way of telling where he would have gone. I remember him in his early 20s terrorizing the Chicago scene as an 1797 player. He was already Master strength, but the ratings had frozen for a year due to a computer malfunction.

    Of course, Emory has had a few opportunities, but he has always had to be concerned about his finances. Brilliant he is! We have to appreciate him.

  4. I remember Tate, in the 88 or 89 World Open Blitz , handle GM’s Kudrin, Benjamin and De Firmian with ease…He’s been a beast…Congrats Tate!

  5. It would be interesting to see if overwhelming tactical awareness and sharpness can be taught! Good luck teaching, Mr. Tate.

  6. Very intriguing. I think it can be taught Mikhail. All tactics comes down to pattern recognition. Tate stands out when it comes to tactical/-calculated brilliancy because he tends to see atypical patterns that a lot of us apparently fail to notice at the right moment. Using tangible examples from his games, I believe he can teach students how to identify those patterns. Finding an apt plan in a given position is, in my opinion, a more demanding assignment.

  7. Awesome game! Seems like everything was working for him, he was in a zone, the position called pandemonium, and he had the right feel for the position. There’s no doubt Tate can be a bully on the board when he perceives weak spot in his opponent’s game. I wonder if he was equally gifted strategically and if not whether the imbalance was a hindrance to his growth.

    1. Emory is gifted strategically as well. Many of of his tactical brilliancies have positional nuances. I remember one time he came up as I was analyzing one of my wins against Glenn Bady. He looked at the position for about 10 seconds and found a brilliant tactical maneuver, but it had a deep positional significance. It involved a rook lift from h1-h3-c3. He offered several lines and then walked away. Glenn and I just looked at each other and smiled.

      He was also very gifted in the endgame. Perhaps it’s his improvisation in the opening that may give him uneven results against the stronger players.

    1. Tate is Tate, Magnus is Magnus. Tate was doing damage on the chessboard before Magnus was even born. It’s possible Magnus went over a few of Tate’s games when he was a teen. Either way, both are talented players. One had financial backing for the game and the other didn’t. At the end of the day, most of us WISH we could play as well as Tate. And oh yeah, as well as Magnus, too.

      Wishing you well, Tate……… 🙂

  8. Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp

    International Master Emory Tate stunned the Bay Area’s best young chess players by achieving a perfect score in a massive simultaneous chess exhibition at the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp.

    IM Emory Tate played the black pieces most games. Photo by Chris Torres.

    For all those unaware of what a great chess player International Master Emory Tate truly is, the Torres Chess and Music Academy recommends playing through his recent win over Grandmaster Maurice Ashley in just 22 moves! For the children who participated in his simultaneous exhibition chess event on July 10th, Emory has achieved a legendary status.

    For the children who participated in his simultaneous exhibition chess event on July 10th, Emory Tate has achieved a legendary status.

    Nearly 50 opponents, many of whom are some of the top ranked young chess players in the United States, took on the famed International Chess Master simultaneously. Emory Tate, who only had the white pieces in a few of the games, played for 5 hours and a walked nearly 2 miles while completing his simultaneous chess exhibition! During the course of this momentous task, Emory Tate emerged victorious on every single board.

    “In sixteen years of running events like these, I have never witnessed this level of chess mastery in one of our simuls. Beyond making it look easy, Emory managed to make every child feel important.”

    -Chris Torres

    The gentleman behind organizing this event was the very famous chess instructor Chris Torres. Mr. Torres is the founder of the Torres Chess and Music Academy which is very popular with the top scholastic chess players in Northern California. Every child who took part in the main event received one-on-one instruction following their game, an autograph from Emory Tate, a souvenir photograph of Emory at their board and the opportunity to learn from one of the strongest chess masters in the United States.

    The Fremont Summer Chess Camp has two more weeks of classes and special events including a lecture from famed chess author Eric Schiller and a visit from Grandmaster Susan Polgar. For more information please visit https://www.ChessAndMusic.com.

    ~Chris Torres

    Press Release: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12014019.htm

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