Philly hosts “Triple Exclam” book party

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.

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


  1. Hello Dr. Shabazz. It’s me, Glenn Umstead. Your “Triple Exclam!!!” book is wonderful. The 2017 April 1st Philly party showcasing your book was exciting. HOWEVER, that is Evan Cortes ( USCF# 12651896) in the above photo and NOT Larry Pugh.
    Take care,

    1. Did I miss something? Who said that was a photo of Larry Pugh? I grew up in Philly and played Chess for Weat Philly High 1981-1984…I learn the most about chess hanging out Ba Ba’s Barbershop on 56th & Market.

  2. I was thinking about Robert Gist and came across this article. My name is Bill Gaines and all of the gentleman mentioned were my brothers and mentors!!! Ived played with almost all of them even though I was a career 1800 rated player. Those were the good old days from traveling from Philly to NY for battles, playing in Love Park, Clark Park, and my favorite chess nights at “The Happy Bar(Germantown &Abbotsford), The Kings Rook, Orries perm palace, Bubba’s barbershop, and the list goes on. I miss all the guys, and have to admit I made a choice to walk away/step back from the game because it was too consuming or addictive and I had a family to support. But I do love the game!!! I’ll definitely be purchasing the book.

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