Month: October 2015

  • Reflections of the 2015 Millionaire Chess Open

    Nearly three weeks after the Millionaire Chess Open ended, there has been suspense when and where the third edition will be. Amy Lee revealed in her recent reflections piece and the challenges faced by the MC franchise. In addition, she sent out a survey looking at the feasibility of a…

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  • IM Emory Tate laid to rest… legacy lives on!

    Emory Tate laid to rest October 24th, 2015 Photos by Daaim Shabazz. A private gathering of family and friends assembled at the New Union Grove Baptist Church in Smuteye, Alabama to celebrate the life of Emory Andrew Tate, Jr. on a bright Saturday afternoon on October 24th at noon. Relatives…

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  • MC’s Amy Lee Reflects on #MC2

    Dear Chess Community, Amy Lee has released her reflections putting in perspective the state of Millionaire Chess (MC) after its second event. In general, the event got a good response, but admittedly there were a number of problems that surface. In her candid reflections piece, Amy provides a look at…

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  • Obituary

    Emory Tate: chess savant, warrior (1958-2015)

    A lone lion wanders afar in the wilderness, no longer part of the pride Once gleaming, accepted, a beautiful beast, now having been cast aside No chance for part in coordinated hunt, this one can’t run very fast Nature holds no place, and faltering, it seems this beast just won’t…

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  • Drum Interviews @ ’15 Millionaire Chess

    Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open #2 The second Millionaire Chess Open is in the record books and it was even more eventful than the first. Accented by a marquee lineup of players, the tournament lived up to its billing as the brightest stars shone in the end. While Hikaru…

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  • Obituary

    IM Emory Tate has passed away at 56

    Emory Andrew Tate Jr. (December 27, 1958 – October 17, 2015) The Internet has ignited with the news of IM Emory Tate’s confirmed passing. A tactician par excellence, Tate was participating in the Sam Shankland Open tournament in California when he fell ill and collapsed. After receiving first aid, he…

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  • 2015 Millionaire Chess Open (Millionaire Monday)

    A stunning venue for Millionaire Monday… …designed by Eric Lee, award-winning designer… and Amy Lee’s brother! FM Sunil Weeramantry and NM Kris Littlejohn have an interest in a particular player. Having eliminated Wesley So on his own, Hikaru Nakamura was the favorite going into Millionaire Monday. Dominique Myers (right) also…

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  • 2015 Millionaire Chess Open (Day #4)

    Controversy grips final round! It all started off normally and then… …a three-fold occurrence happens at move nine! Luke McShane sits pondering the situation… …while Hikaru Nakamura paces the floor waiting on the ruling. What would a tournament be without a good controversy? Well… the Millionaire Chess Open had a…

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  • 2015 Millionaire Chess Open (Day #3)

    Le Quang Liem won his fifth game in a row leading after the tournament! Yu Yangyi (China) vs. Evgeny Bareev (Canada) amounted to a draw. Fabiano Caruana is still in the hunt with another win. Tension was extremely high!Photos by Daaim Shabazz. * * * Replay of Round #5 Le…

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  • 2015 Millionaire Chess Open (Day #2)

    Day two of the Millionaire Chess started with the arrival of the four-day schedule. There was also an opening breakfast where Maurice and Amy addressed the audience. One can clearly see that the MC organization is trying some innovative ideas. One of the newest is the RFID data entry method.…

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