FM Tate and IM Adu Battle in Reno, Nevada!

The West is where many of the legendary gun battles were fought in days gone by. In Reno, Nevada, many strong chess players assembled for the Western States Championship to shoot it out in the "Wild, Wild West." It was destiny that two particular chess titans would clash. The legendary FM Emory Tate has been gunning down strong opposition for decades and his opponent IM Oladapo Adu has been on a rampage lately with several good results, including a recent win over GM Alexander Ivanov. Who would win this last round encounter? Would it be Tate's flash or Adu's tenacity that would win out?

The game started on an interesting note as Emory played 1.d4! The game transposed into a French Defense after which Tate trotted out a wing gambit! Tate has played a similar gambit as early as 1993 when he destroyed Naoko Takemoto  in a mere 19 moves. Quite entertaining. In this game, Tate would change the move order and managed to get a decent position, but Adu held the balance until a complicated ending ensued. It appears Tate missed a win with 42. Nf3! Instead of 42. e7. 
Nevertheless, the game ended in a lifeless rook and pawn ending and a draw was agreed.  Tremendous fight!

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Posted by The Chess Drum: 28 October 2001

IM Oladapo Adu

FM Emory Tate
IM Oladapo Adu

IM Oladapo Adu