Emory Tate’s bio, “Triple Exclam” is here!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum
P.O. Box 7663
Tallahassee, FL 32314-7663 USA
webmaster@thechessdrum.net
(850) 296-9494

Tallahassee, USA – 11 March 2017 – Emory Tate’s biography Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior has finally arrived and is available for purchase. The book details the life of one of the most colorful figures on the U.S. chess circuit. Tate’s death on October 17, 2015 brought an end to the adventurism and sense of wonderment he found in chess.

In just over a year, his biography has been published by The Chess Drum after finishing production in March 2017. Release was delayed for months by a number of technical issues. The book covers his exciting 56-year journey and life as a chess artist. His passion for chess was truly inspiring. Triple Exclam was the culmination of an intense research effort on the life of Tate.

The following blurb appears on the inside flap of the dust jacket:


Publisher: The Chess Drum, LLC
Hardback: $40.00 (full color)
Paperback: $27.00 (full color)

In the annals of attacking chess players, International Master Emory Tate built up a collection of stunning gems. Tate also showed his passion in describing these exciting battles as if acting in a stage play. With his clear, accelerated speaking style, melodramatic portrayals, quick wit and creative word play, he intrigued audiences and showed unequivocally that chess is not merely a game to be played, but an art form to be expressed. This book details the life and games of Tate over the course of his 56 years.

His contribution to chess lies not merely in his level of play, or even his scintillating victories, but in his creation of unique ideas and inspiring dreams. Somewhere on that chess board was beauty to behold, a new story to be told, and perhaps an idea that would touch the soul. Tate told many stories, many of which would reflect an adventurous, purposeful, yet troubled life. This story is of beautiful games, life lessons, mind-boggling conflicts and celebration of a man whose contributions will live on!

The Book

Triple Exclam is a hardback, full-color edition that includes 280 pages in 12 chapters and seven appendices surveying the life of Tate. It includes 35 of his games (all annotated) and vintage photos at various stages of his life. The book also includes chapter notes and is fully-indexed. If you are not a chess-player but enjoy biographies, you will appreciate his story.

The Foreword of the book was done by GM Maurice Ashley with annotations by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Pontus Carlsson, GM Amon Simutowe, GM Kenny Solomon, IM Malcolm Pein, FM William Morrison, FM Todd Andrews, FM Jimmy Canty and National Masters Ernest Colding, Glenn Bady and Dr. Okechukwu Iwu. Two games feature transcribed annotations from Tate’s famous post-mortems. A file of the Triple Exclam games will be sent to customers.

Triple Exclam: The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior
(Previews)

Order Details

The highly-anticipated book can be purchased by following the Paypal button below. A Paypal account is not needed. Buying in bulk cuts per unit and mailing costs, so for groups of friends, chess clubs, and vendors seeking volume discounts (for the purchase of five or more), click here!

International rates are currently prohibitive unless ordering quantities in multiples of five (U.S. Postal Service flat rate box). The Chess Drum is looking for international distributors to make the book accessible to a wider audience. An e-book version of Triple Exclam is forthcoming.

Some customers many be skittish about ordering online. In that case, contact me at webmaster@thechessdrum.net with number of copies needed and I’ll send an invoice. Mail orders are completed with money orders only. Also available for book signings. Make sure you add this handsome book to your collection!

Note: Triple Exclam has been sold out. Another printing has not been planned, but if there is enough demand, then The Chess Drum may proceed with another small print run.

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The Chess Drum, LLC is a publisher of chess news content and literature. The organization’s website has continued to demonstrate the universality of chess by covering a variety of topics through news stories, essays, interviews, and photos since 2001. Visit The Chess Drum at thechessdrum.net and follow the beat on Facebook and Twitter!

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.

75 Comments

  1. Great news, just ordered my copy. I swore off paper books decades ago, but just this once I’ll make an exception to tide me over till the e-book comes out.

    1. I have several book cases in my house that I look at each day. They are good to look at, but I would agree, that they are not the household force they used to be. You used to be able to walk into someone’s house and get an idea of their erudition.

    1. You could copy the URL link and then paste it into your text app… or use the symbols at the bottom of the article. One looks like a chain link. You can click on that to copy the link of this article and then paste into your text app.

  2. Thanks for the great research effort .. looking forward to reading the bio/games of the creatively stunning Emory Tate.

  3. Daaim,

    Fantastic, “magnificent” product which will in time be duly recognized as a “magnum opus”!

    The Jamaican chess fraternity is very proud of you and your tremendous effort to “immortalize” the memory of one of Caissa’s greatest sons, worthy of this tribute.

    You have my unadulterated, undiluted support cast in concrete and lined with steel!

    I will be contacting you privately to discuss ways in which we can support this excellent venture.

      1. I just ordered 3 copies

        By the way, have you heard that physicist Sir Roger Penrose (brother of GM Jonathan Penrose) is compiling chess positions that computers struggle with and humans solve easily? For instance, he found a position that stockfish 8 evaluates as -28 after 5 minutes of analysis yet humans quickly find a way to draw or win as white.
        A poster on the website said there was a game in the Carlsen-Karjakin World Championship where all the GM commentators could see a fortress coming from Karjakin but the computers couldn’t see it.

        https://www.chess.com/news/view/will-this-position-help-to-understand-human-consciousness-4298

        1. I saw the position. Amazing. I suppose there is a chink in the armour of computer calculation… or the computer programmers.

          Books are on the way. Thanks!

  4. Daaim, It is an honor and plesaure to confirm my order. Thanks for the privilege to purchase this book about two men, a legand and the author (not just two African American men) but two great men who wish to inspire the world! What would it takle to have an author signed copy???
    cpercy

  5. Errata…

    1. page xi has “particulary” which should be “particularly”

    2. pages 17 and 20 should be “Air Force” instead of “Air Force Academy”
    3. On page 28, John Donaldson’s quote with “… didn’t definitely didn’t …” was taken directly from the source, but is obviously a typo on his site.

    4. Photo on page 39 should be credited to Frank Johnson, not Jerry Bibuld.
    5. On page 54-55, Shahade refers to “Jennifer” and not her brother “Greg”

    6. page 61 has “sacrifing” which should be “sacrificing”

    7. In Tate-DeFirmian (Game 7) on page 116, the note after 14…Be7 contains an error. The variation starting with 15…h6 is illegal. After 14…Be7 the variation should have been 14…exd5 15.exd5+ Be7 (15…Kd7 16.Qg4+ Kc7 17.fxg7) 16.fxg7+-

    8. On page 222, “Grandmaster” Donald Byrne should be “International Master,” or “IM”
    9. On page 228, “Polugavesky” should be spelled “Polugaevsky.”


  6. Tate’s bio “Triple Exclam” making moves

    Fantastic, ‘magnificent’ product which will in time be duly recognized as a ‘magnum opus’!

    ~Ian Wilkinson, Jamaica Chess Federation

    Retail Price: $40.00 (full color, hard back)

    On March 11th, The Chess Drum announced the release of Emory Tate’s biography, Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior and the book has been warmly embraced by the chess community. The biography comes in the aftermath of Tate’s death October 17, 2015 when he was stricken by a heart attack during a chess tournament in California. He was 56.

    Tate was an artful figure of chess throughout his playing career and enthralled fans with his charisma and signature tactical style. He also enjoyed postmortem sessions and was in his element in conducting them. The book actually transcribes two of these sessions making for colorful prose. Below are a few selections from Triple Exclam.

  7. Triple Exclam has arrived…

    FM Todd Andrews

    FM Todd Andrews posted this photo on Facebook.

    Michael Williams

    Michael Williams posted this as “Just arrived!”

    … and these are going out!

    Jamaica

    Jamaican Chess President Ian Wilkinson, who lent his feedback on the manuscript, has ordered 20 copies for his players. These are headed to Kingston!

  8. Chris Torres, Torres Chess and Music Academy.

    Chris Torres of the Torres Chess and Music Academy stated, “My friend Emory Tate would’ve been pleased with his book. Daaim Shabazz did a very ‘professional’ job.”

  9. Showing brotherly love for ET
    by Bruce Cox

    The Moon shone bright on a cold night in North Philadelphia. A lonely light cast a long shadow on the corner of 21st and Cambria, as the icy wind cut to the bone. Inside though, it was heated, as battle raged. WAR had been declared, as Philadelphia Chess Players celebrated the life and times of the preeminent Chess Master, IM Emory Tate, in the best way they knew how: in battle!!

    The esteemed Dr. Daaim Shabazz, author of “The Chess Drum,” amongst many acclaimed accomplishments, “fired the first shots” with his splendid biography of IM Emory Tate, Triple Exclaim, The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior. Dr. Shabazz’s book chronicles Tate’s exploits from childhood through his eminent chess career, in which Tate toppled “Kings and Grandmasters alike”. There is an African proverb which goes: “So long as the hunter tells the tale, the Lion will remain the villain.”

    Author of The Chess Artist J.C. Hallman, Glenn Umstead, Malik Rogers
    and Robert Gist

    Evan Cortes with copy of Triple Exclam!!!

    African people have been making history “since God was a boy.” Now, more than ever, we”re beginning to write our own history in the struggle for control of our own image. The battles raged inside 21st and Cambria as eminent masters Glenn Bady, Glenn Umstead, Norman “Pete” Rogers, Robert Gist “Superman,” and Herb Carswell “The Master of Disaster,” along with preeminent chess player and promoter Gordon Houston, struggled for control of squares.

    Laughter and beverage flowed like water. The food was plentiful as Bill Tate, Nigel Mitchell, Wayne Heston, Charles Leach the “Woo Mack,” and Bruce Cox “Scorpiin.” Why scorpion with two “i’s”?? The better to see you with! All present were making history in North Philadelphia as they were “writing it on the chessboard,” and the spirit of Emory Tate.

    Pete Rogers was a frequent participant in gladiator battles with Tate.

    Retail Price: $40.00
    (full color, hard back)

  10. Great interview at the US Championship. Ordered the book looking forward to reading. The game file would be great if possible, but I still love to Prop up the book and go over if not possible ( I saw it mentioned in comment above). Great Job

  11. Just saw you with Maurice Ashley and had to order right away. Wish you could have been interviewed for a longer time. Can’t wait to enjoy the book.

  12. Just ordered the book. I hope you were able to include the early years in South Bend, IN. when Emory’s son began playing chess. I was the owner of the owner of Michiana Chess Club on Western Ave. in South Indiana. Emory was a good friend of mine. The highlight was a chess tournament we organized, the then reigning 1992 US Chess champion Patrick Wolff, Emory Tate, and several Grandmasters from Chicago attended.There are so many personal memories.

    1. Hello Carl Brecht!

      I think Emory was in South Bend in 1993-1994. A quick check of the USCF website shows that the 81-player South Bend tournament you’re talking about (held at the Michiana Chess Studio) was held May 22-23, 1993. The crosstable (is at https://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?199305232690-10279470). This gigantic tournament ended in a four-way tie among Gregory Kaidanov, Dmitry Gurevich, Aleksander Wojtkiewicz, and Emory Tate (4½-½) followed by Patrick Wolff, Ben Finegold, Boris Men (and three others) at 4-1.

      Apart from big events in New York, Philadelphia, or Chicago, this was the most chess talent assembled in one place that I’d ever seen!
      Cheers,
      Les Kistler

      1. Thank you so much for the details. I certainly enjoyed organizing this tournament. Roger Blaine ran the tournament. I surprised myself getting such great chess players to attend. It was a highlight for South Bend, Indiana. Had local TV coverage. The Tate book arrived within a few days. Thank you so much.

  13. Daaim,
    I just received my copy of Triple Exclam!!! today in the mail. I have had time only to flip through it, but this book is obviously of labor of love. The production qualities of this hardcover book alone covers the cost of the book. I can’t wait to read Emory Tate’s story and see his games whom I only know through periodic glimpses in magazine stories and chess lore! As a chess player, a fan, a lover of chess history, a firm believer in preserving our chess stories and a collector of chess books – I can only say to anyone who relates to any of those interests in chess – this book should be in your library. Congratulations on a writing and producing a fine book and preserving the story of Emory Tate who was a larger than life character and player of note in the chess world.
    Best Regards,
    Kenneth Calitri
    Mahwah, New Jersey

    PS – I will be posting a review on Amazon.com as well.

  14. I was a bit disappointed the ordering procedure did not seem to include the discount when it computed the total cost for the 5 books that was the starting number required for the discount. What is the deal?

    1. Hi John,

      If you check again you will see that there is a separate process for volume discounts so I can apply the discount and the most appropriate shipping. PayPal does not allow volume discount by putting in a range of numbers. I would have to have a separate button for each value over “5”. Above you would have noticed,

      FOR PURCHASING 5 OR MORE COPIES, click here!

      When you click on the “here” link, you will get to a page specifically for volume discounts for 5+ copies. On that page it reads,

      Send an email indicating the number of copies requested (five or more). You will receive an invoice within 24 hours with the amount, shipping, and sales tax (if applicable). If this sum is agreeable, then you will click on a link provided in the e-mail and you will be able to pay the amount of the invoice. Please specify in the e-mail if you want expedited shipping (Priority or Express). Otherwise the shipping estimate will be standard postage. Thanks!

  15. Carl Portman of England

    Carl Portman of Oxfordshire, England looking dapper in celebration of St. George’s Day. It is the day in which they honor the patron saint. Photo courtesy of Carl Portman

  16. Michael Gigilio

    Michael Giglio of Cincinnati, Ohio posted this photo in the Chess Book Collectors Facebook page and stated, “Who got this book? I know I can’t be the only one.” Nope! 🙂

  17. James E. Muhammad – Just ordered my copy I can’t wait to study his playing style and read his story thank you sir!

  18. Having had too many birthdays I look with jaundiced eye at most presents.

    But son Master USCF Dane Mattson presented me with ‘ Exclaim !!! ”
    Not only an attractive volume evoking memory of Emory Tate to those who knew him but in one place the inimitable games of Emory. Much MUCH work was clearly involved.

    As personal bonus there are at least two pictures of friend Dr Oke Iwu strong supporter of Twin Ports (by Lake Superior ) Chess Club. and an analysis of the Dr playing against Emory’s Bird Opening by the Dr.
    I would think this is a good volume for public libraries to possess .. who knows who might be inspired by it?

    Thanks Dr Shabazz for the hard work !!

  19. Eric Smith

    Eric Smith of San Francisco, California says, “Kudos to Dr. Daaim Shabazz and his fine new book “Triple Exclam!!!” on the life and games of the late, great International Chess Master Emory Tate, (with a forward by Grandmaster Maurice Ashley)… For those of us who got to see and hear the champion in action back in the day, this will bring a smile to your face; for the rest, it’s a welcome addition to the tomes of chess…”

  20. Good morning Dr. Shabazz. I had a chance to examine the book “Triple Exclam” and consider it a must have for chess enthusiasts and collectors of chess literature. I am currently attempting to put together an order with other players here in Baltimore, MD. I was also wondering if you were planning to make an appearance at the scholastic Chess Supernationals in Nashville this week. I am bringing a team of six players and they would be honoured to meet you and GM Ashley! Thanks for all you do in the world’s of Chess and academics! Richard Thomas Chess coach at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

    1. Hi Richard!

      Thanks for the support!

      Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Supernationals because I am currently in traveling around Africa. I would to have loved to meet your students. Give them my regards.

      Let me know how many books and I will process it when I get back.

  21. SD Faulkner

    SD Faulkner of Louisville, Kentucky says, “This finally arrived in the mail today…
    Another treasure added to my collection… Thank you Brother Daaim Shabazz,Ph.D. The Legend of International Master of Chess Emory Tate continues to live through this exemplary book!”

  22. ‘Triple Exclam’ by Dr. Shabazz is now part of my chess book collections.
    ~Guy Colas… White Plains, New York

    Triple Exclam in Cape Town, South Africa at the Claremont Chess Club

    “Because I enjoyed the game selection so much, this is my second time going through the book! Get a copy while supplies last! See Daaim Shabazz in person 6/10 at the 2nd Annual Emory Tate Memorial Tournament. You can get it now!! Or pay a heavy price on eBay once it’s out of print. Great Book people.”

    ~Ed Rogers

    Triple Exclam book-signing at the 2nd Emory Tate Memorial in Chicago

    Angelo Armistead outside of the Lion’s Paw Chess and Martial Arts Academy in Chicago, IL (June 10, 2017).

    George David III at the 2nd Emory Tate Memorial (Chicago, Illinois)

    Triple Exclam at St. Louis Chess Club

  23. Triple Exclam at the 2017 World Open

    Jerome Works (Philadelphia, PA)

    Dr. Ani Deshpande (South Bend, Indiana) … “Thanks again for doing such an amazing service to the chess community. This book will be enjoyed for generations to come!

    Glenn Umstead (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

    Peter Roberts (New York, New York)

    Lawrence Johnson (Brooklyn, New York)

    Mulazim Muwwakkil, Lawrence Johnson and Peter Roberts looking through Triple Exclam

    David Nastasio (Atlanta, Georgia)

  24. Daaim I am enjoying your book tremendously, and I expect to keep re-reading it throughout my life. It is a well written fascinating character study, of a well written fascinating character.

    I remember ET well, played against him, and always enjoyed his company when he was alive. I have learned so much more about him in this book. I highly recommend it not only to lovers of chess art, but anyone who enjoys biographies of remarkable individuals. Well done sir!

  25. Triple Exclam at the 2017 Florida State Championship
    Jacksonville, Florida

    Me with fellow Florida State Association Board Member Kevin Pryor

    Showing Triple Exclam to Gainesville’s Scott Pfeiffer

  26. Chicago Chess Club present Triple Exclam to Fred Grunberg

    Sam Ford, Dejan Maksimovic, Fred Grunberg and Roger Hickman

    (Note: Grunberg was the brainchild behind “Put the Fun Back into Chess” in the early 80s. It was such a novel idea to have free food, raffles and other activities at a tournament. They were there the best tournaments I had ever experienced. Grunberg, who ran a chemical company called RAE Products, then expanded the idea and moved the tournament to Las Vegas where it took the name “National Open.” Emory Tate participated in many of the tournaments and knew Grunberg well. After they presented him the book, Grunberg came to tears.)

  27. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum
    P.O. Box 7663
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-7663 USA
    webmaster@thechessdrum.net
    (850) 296-9494


    ISBN-10: 0998118024
    ISBN-13: 978-0998118024
    Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
    Publisher: The Chess Drum, LLC
    Paperback: $27.00 (full color)

    TO ORDER NOW… CLICK HERE!

    Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior hit the market last year on March 1st with great anticipation and was well-received. Now there is a paperback equivalent on sale. It is also featured in a bold full-color format with a non-gloss finish. There have been minor corrections from the original hardback version. This collector’s item goes for $27.00 and is available at The Chess Drum. The paperback version is poised to reach a wider audience with a lower price point and bulk discounts of 10% are available at five or more copies.

    In the past year, I have made additional discoveries of Tate’s legacy and perhaps these will become a topic for a more comprehensive work on chess in the African Diaspora. Hopefully, Triple Exclam will be the beginning of a series of books highlighting the unique contributions made by unheralded players overlooked in the history of chess.

    Emory Tate vacationing in Mexico
    Photo by Ed Lewis

    Order Details

    You can purchase the book by following the Paypal button below. A Paypal account is not needed. Buying in bulk cuts per unit and mailing costs, so for groups of friends, chess clubs, and vendors seeking volume discounts (for the purchase of five or more), click here to request an invoice!

    International rates are currently prohibitive unless ordering quantities in multiples of five (U.S. Postal Service flat rate box). The Chess Drum is looking for international distributors to make the book accessible to a wider audience. An e-book version of Triple Exclam is forthcoming.

    Some customers many be skittish about ordering online. In that case, contact me at webmaster@thechessdrum.net with number of copies needed and I’ll send an invoice. Mail orders are completed with money orders only. Also available for book signings. Make sure you add this handsome book to your collection!

    Update: The color versions have been sold out, but there is a black and white version!

    The Chess Drum, LLC is a publisher of chess news content and literature with an emphasis on the African Diaspora. The organization’s website has continued to demonstrate the universality of chess by covering a variety of topics through news stories, essays, interviews, and photos since 2001. Visit The Chess Drum at thechessdrum.net and follow the beat on Facebook and Twitter!

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  28. Have I missed it? There MUST be coverage of the passing of Judge George Leighton 100+ years of age not only had important judicial career but was well known and respected in Chicago Chess circles.

  29. My name is Michael Karl Goldsbury. Emory and I were roommates in the Defense Language Institute stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio Texas. The year we met was 1981. Emory and I were best friends. We shared a dorm room on base while learning the Russian Language. Emory was a brash, opinionated, cocky young man from Detroit Michigan out to show the world how a black man from Detroit could master the Russian Language and Conquer any opposition presented in the game of chess. He did both with flair, style and dignity rarely seen at the time. Emory was in the second class of Russian Language ever at Lackland. We used to talk about the dream of Monterey California where we were told we would take our tech school instruction, only to have the Defense Language Institute built at Lackland while we were in basic. As I stated earlier Emory was in the second class at Lackland and I was in the first. It is noted because Emory exceeded the curriculum of the second class and was placed in the first class. He then became the best student of the that class, which I was apart of. We got to the point where we would speak mostly in Russian whenever I was able to keep up with him and pull the words out to meet his vocabulary level. He was far superior to myself and to anyone else for that matter speaking Russian I became fascinated with the game of chess because of Emory. I played at a pretty high level, taught by my mother who won against the Ohio State University champion when I was just a baby, but my level of play was chicken feed compared to Emory. We played an estimated 1000 plus games against each other of which I won exactly 5 games and two draws. I was proud of that because it was more than anyone else won that played Emory! One such game was during a military hop on board of an old c130 airplane. We played on a small magnetic chess board which was I believe 6 inches square. I was up two major pieces and thought there was no way I would lose the game. Emory made a huge comeback beating me in the end game stage of play and we ended up in a draw. I will never forget that game on a plane that was leaking oil from an engine which the pilot just shut down. We were oblivious to that engine stoppage as a captain on board glanced at the engine and went back to reading a newspaper. Emory said “Gumbi (his nickname for me) You have a better chance of loosing this game than we do of crashing!” I’ll never forget that either.
    Emory was a great friend who sold me his 1971 beat up Pontiac Grand Prix he evidently drove from Detroit to Lackland. He was an unbelievable person with a huge amount of flair and gusto. He was pushed by his desire to be the best at anything he did, especially when it came to Russian Language and more so the game of chess. I will never forget him as he was the best friend of that period of my life and we shared many nights together playing game after game of chess and talking about our struggles as young men from different backgrounds put together in this wonderful opportunity to learn Russian. We spoke of his humble beginnings and poverty stricken Detroit from the perspective of an over achieving black man determined to be someone special, different and overcoming the challenges he faced . He would say “Michael you can’t imagine the crap That my mom and I been through”. I don’t remember him talking of siblings or his father but I understood that there was something with his father he wouldn’t discuss. But that’s too personal and I shouldn’t speak of it. I don’t want to in any way disrespect his family if they would ever see this. He loved his mother a great deal and she inspired a fire in him. He was an amazing person who had something to prove deep down inside him. He was an inspiration whom brought a whole new meaning of confidence spurred on by a deep deep desire to be the best. I will always miss him. I was talking to my daughter and her husband about the time Emory and I spent together and just typed his name into google and discovered this website with all this information on his play and ordered the book immediately! I find it honorable for the autobiographer to bring his life story for his peers and opposition to see and remember. I am a little star stuck to have spent every day with Emory for over a year. I am excited to see his accountancy as a Master chess player who the world recognizes as a pioneer of world class chess. He played beyond my personal comprehension but he taught me how to imagine a higher level of play and important strategies especially in regard to end game and forcing opponents to move conducive to their defeat. He maintained a delicate balance between being confident and Practical in his play.i saw him humbled by a very good Russian grand master in a tournament he entered in my home city of Columbus Ohio. He came to see me and play the tournament. He couldn’t resist speaking to the Russian contingency in Russian before his match. He was facing the Russian grand master To win the tournament. Because he spoke to them in Russian they grouped together and planned a strategy. Emory lost the match. It was the worst I had seen him play. It haunted him for a year til he returned to Columbus the following year. It was the same tournament and he played the same grand master in the final match for the win. He beat the man badly and reveled in his revenge! You couldn’t write a better story. Sometimes truth IS stranger than fiction. He was humble in victory towards the Russian. I could tell he had learned a new level of sportsmanship and he was humbly blessed with a higher level of play. That was 1984. I said goodby to him at Port Columbus International airport and that was the last time we spoke. May god bless him and his surviving family. Again I will never forget Mr. Emory Tate.

  30. Thanks Michael for your post. Very enriching! I believe you’ll find the book very enlightening.

    BTW, he was born in Chicago, but spent his high school years in Elkhart, Indiana. Before the military, he was in Alabama.

  31. I was so glad to see that copies were available again (grabbed one for my brother and myself). So far I’ve only skimmed it but I look forward to reading to look into the life of Emory Tate. I’ve admired him from afar watching and listening to his analysis at the World Open many years back. Your work is much appreciated!

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