Born on this Day in 1958: International Master Emory Tate

Today is the late IM Emory Tate’s Birthday. If still alive today, Emory Tate would be turning that most special age for chess players: 64.

Photo of Emory Tate taken on 10/10/2015

Born on December 27th means that Emory shares his birthday with the second day of Kwanzaa. (Kwanzaa is a yearly celebration of African-American Culture from December 26 to January 1.) The second day of Kwanzaa focuses on Kujichagulia (Self-determination). Anyone who knew Emory Tate knows that he chose his own path, spoke his opinions freely and achieved greatness at the chessboard with his own style. So I think it is wonderfully fitting that the birthday of Emory Tate, one of the greatest figures in African-American chess, coincides each year on the second day of Kwanzaa which focuses on Kujichagulia

In tribute to E.T. on his birthday, I am sharing this wonderfully played victory where Emory overpowers his opponent with a nicely executed attack in the Sozin-Najdorf!

[Event “US Open”]

[Site “Framingham, MA USA”]

[Date “2001.08.09”]

[EventDate “2001.08.04”]

[Round “6”]

[Result “1-0”]

[White “Emory Tate”]

[Black “Tom Braunlich”]

[ECO “B87”]

[WhiteElo “2377”]

[BlackElo “?”]

[PlyCount “41”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6

7. Bb3 b5 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Be7 10. Qf3 Qc7 11. O-O-O Nbd7

12. Rhe1 Nc5 13. Nf5 Nxb3+ 14. axb3 exf5 15. Bxf6 gxf6 16. Nd5

Qd8 17. Nxe7 Kxe7 18. exf5+ Be6 19. fxe6 fxe6 20. Qb7+ Qd7

21. Rxe6+ 1-0

My analysis of the above game:

Published by chessmusings

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