Emory Tate’s European Tour de Force

A smiling Emory Tate with his first place prize money from the Pathena Open 2015
A smiling Emory Tate with his first place prize money from the Pathena Open 2015

International Master Emory Tate certainly put on quite a show in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In just the first six rounds of the 2015 Pathena Open, Emory won six times guaranteeing him a first place finish in the strong event. This dominating performance against a tough international field is just the first leg of Emory Tate’s European Tour De Force. Next up for Emory is another high-level event in Llucmajor, Spain. Below is my favorite game from the Pathena Open 2015:


[Event “Pathena Open 2015”]
[Site “Rotterdam (Netherlands)”]
[Date “2015.5.5”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Tate Emory (USA)”]
[Black “Auweraert, Elwin van der”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Eco “B86”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

{[ SICILIAN def. Fischer-SOZIN ATTACK,B86] Tate Emory (USA) +1 =0 -0}
1.e4 c5

2.Nf3 d6

3.d4 cxd4

4.Nxd4 Nf6

5.Nc3 a6

6.Bc4 {The Fischer-Sozin Attack.}

Position after 6. Bc4.
Position after 6. Bc4.
6… e6

7.a3 {Emory defeated a Grandmaster with a different move way back in 1997.}
( 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.Qe2 Nc5 9.g4 b5 10.g5 Nfd7 11.Bd5 Bb7 12.Bxb7
Nxb7 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 Nbc5 15.Ra3 Qb6 16.O-O Be7 17.Kh1 O-O
18.b4 Na4 19.Nf5 exf5 20.Nd5 Qd8 21.exf5 Re8 22.Qh5 Nab6 23.Rh3 Nf8 24.f6 Nxd5 25.fxg7 Kxg7 26.Bb2+ Kg8 {…1-0, Tate Emory (USA) 2405 – Yudasin Leonid (ISR) 2610 , Chicago 1997 It (open)})

7… Be7

8.O-O b5 {Black can also castle here.}

( 8…O-O 9.Ba2 b5 10.Qf3 Bb7 11.Qg3 Nc6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Bh6 Ne8 14.Rad1 b4 15.axb4 Rb8 16.Bc4 Rxb4 17.b3 Bh4 18.Qg4 Bf6 19.Bd2 a5 20.Ne2 Rb7 21.Ng3 a4 22.Nh5 a3 23.Qe2 Bb2 24.Bc1 Bxc1 25.Rxc1 Nf6 26.Bd3 Nxh5 27.Qxh5 g6 28.Qe2 {…0-1, Hamdouchi Hichem (FRA) 2627 – Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) 2686 , Pau 8/14/2012 Ch France})

9.Ba2 O-O 10.f4 {!?} {Sometimes white waits one more move to weaponize the f-pawn.}
( 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.f4 Nbd7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Bc5 14.Be3 Nxe5 15.Nxe6 Bxe3+ 16.Qxe3 fxe6 17.Qxe5 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Rae8 19.Rae1 Kh8 20.h3 Qc6 21.Qg5 Nd7 22.Rxf8+ Nxf8 23.Re2 h6 24.Qh5 Qd7 25.Rf2 Nh7 26.Rd2 Qc6 27.Ne4 Rf8 28.Nd6 Rf1+ 29.Kh2 Qb6 {…1-0, Kupreichik Viktor D (BLR) 2500 – Shipov Sergei (RUS) 2575 , Aalborg 1997 It (open)})

Position after 10. f4.
Position after 10. f4.

10… Bb7 {The long diagonal calls to the bishop but perhaps it is better to develop the knight to d7 first.}
( 10…Nbd7 11.Qf3 Bb7 12.f5 e5 13.Nde2 a5 14.Ng3 b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5
16.exd5 Nf6 17.Be3 Re8 18.Ne4 Ba6 19.Rf2 Qc7 20.Bb3 bxa3 21.Rxa3 Bc4 22.Ba4 Red8 23.b3 Ba6 24.c4 Rdb8 25.Ra1 Bc8 26.Nc3 Bd7 27.Bb5 Bxb5 28.Nxb5 Qb7 29.Rfa2 e4 30.Qf2 {…0-1, Bistric Faruk (BIH) 2446 – Cvitan Ognjen (CRO) 2550 , Rijeka 2001 It (cat.7)})

11.f5 {!} {Emory Tate is using the brute force method.}
( 11.Qe2 Nbd7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Bc5 14.Be3 Nxe5 15.Nxe6 Bxe3+
16.Qxe3 fxe6 17.Qxe5 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Rae8 19.Rae1 Kh8 20.h3 Qc6 21.Qg5 Nd7 22.Rxf8+ Nxf8 23.Re2 h6 24.Qh5 Qd7 25.Rf2 Nh7 26.Rd2 Qc6 27.Ne4 Rf8 28.Nd6 Rf1+ 29.Kh2 Qb6 30.Nf7+ Rxf7 {…1-0, Kupreichik Viktor D (BLR) 2500 – Shipov Sergei (RUS) 2575 , Aalborg 1997 It (open)})

11… e5

12.Nde2 Nxe4 {Bobby Fischer had other ideas here:}
( 12…Nbd7 13.Ng3 Rc8 14.Be3 Nb6 15.Bxb6 Qxb6+ 16.Kh1 Qe3 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Bd8 19.a4 Bb6 20.axb5 axb5 21.Ra6 b4 22.Nh5 Nxd5 23.Qg4 g6 24.exd5 Rxc2 25.fxg6 hxg6 26.Nf6+ Kg7 27.Nh5+ Kh6 28.Nf6 Rf2 29.Raa1 Ra8 30.Qxb4 Kg7 31.Qxd6 Qe2 32.Ne8+ {…0-1, Robatsch Karl (AUT) 2349 – Fischer Robert J (USA) 2780 , Habana 1965 Memorial J.Capablanca})

Position after 12... Nxe4.
Position after 12… Nxe4.

13.Nxe4 Bxe4

14.Ng3 Bb7 {?} {Better was:} ( 14…d5 15.Nxe4
dxe4 16.Qe2 )

15.Qg4 {The tiger prepares to pounce!}
( 15.Nh5 Bf6 ( 15…Kh8 16.Qg4 {+0.15 CAP} ) 16.Qg4 Kh8 17.Nxf6
gxf6 18.Rf2 Qb6 19.Qh5 Rg8 20.Kf1 Qc6 21.Rf3 Rxg2 22.Kxg2 Qxc2+ 23.Kh3 Qe2 24.Bh6 Qxf3+ 25.Qxf3 Bxf3 26.Rg1 Be4 27.Bg7+ Kg8 28.Bh6+ Kh8 29.Bg7+ Kg8 {1/2-1/2, Holaszek Hans 2400 – Rubinetti Jorge (ARG) 2382 , Hague 1961 Ch World (juniors)})

( 15.f6 Bxf6 16.Nh5 Nd7 17.Qg4 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Kh8 19.Rxf6 Rg8
20.Rxf7 Nf6 21.Nxf6 gxf6 22.Rxh7+ Kxh7 23.Qh5+ {1-0, Pap Misa (SRB) 2422 – Sahovic Dragutin (SCG) 2387 , Belgrade 2001 It (cat.7)})

15… d5 {Black ignores the threats to his king and takes the center.}

The position after 15... d5.
The position after 15… d5.

16.Nh5 {Threatens mate on g7 and forces black to open the door for Emory’s bishop.}

16… g6

17.Bh6 Qb6+

18.Kh1 Rd8

19.Rad1 Nd7 {?} {Here, black needed to play something like:}
( 19…a5 20.Rd3 Ra6 {to super defend g6. But even then, I don’t think anyone would survive this against Emory Tate.})

The position after 19... Nd7.
The position after 19… Nd7.

20.Rxd5 {!} {Brilliant!}

20… Bxd5

21.Bxd5 Nf8 {Mate in 4!}

Mate in 4!
Mate in 4!

22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.fxg6+ Ke8 24.Ng7# 1-0



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Our campers learn first hand why International Master Emory Tate is a chess teacher of the highest quality.
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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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