Emory Tate
by Bill Wall

Emory Andrew Tate Jr. was born on the west side of Chicago on December 27, 1958. His father, Emory Andrew Tate Sr. (1918-2008) was an attorney for 48 years (1951-1999). Tate Sr. worked as a sharecropper in rural Elberton, Georgia, and served as an Army sergeant in World War II. (Source: Shabazz, "Emory Tate: chess savant, warrior (1958- 2015)," The Chess Drum, Oct 21, 2015)

Tate Sr. was rejected by Harvard Law School (probably because he was black), but got into John Marshall Law School in Chicago using his GI bill. (Source: Shabazz, p. 5) His mother, Emma Lillian Cox (1929- ), ran a truck-leasing business when she moved to Elkhart, Indiana in 1972.

In 1963, Emory Tate Jr (Emory II) learned to play as a child from his father. His father taught all of his 9 children chess.

Emory Tate Sr. and Emma divorced in 1966. Emma moved the children to Addison, a suburb of Chicago. (Source: Shabazz, p. 7)

Emory attended Pope Middle School on Chicago’s west side.

In 1972, Emma and the nine children moved to Elkhart, Indiana.

Tate said that the only chess book he had ever read was The Art of Attack, by Vladimir Vukovic.

In 1975 and 1976, Emory played chess at his high school and was on the wrestling team. Emory learned Spanish as an exchange student in Mexico. In the summer of 1975, he was chosen to participate in the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages and spent two month living with a Mexican family.

In 1976, Emory graduated from Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana as a national achievement scholar and earned a full scholar ship to Northwestern University. He studied pre-medicine, but left after one year. Emory was spending more time playing chess than studying. (Source: Shabazz, "Triple Exclam!!! The winning ways of Emory Tate, 1958- 2015," Chess Life, May 2016, pp.36-39)

In July-August 1979, Tate played in the US Open, held in Chicago. There were 563 players in the event.

In 1979, Emory’s USCF rating was 1797 during the period when the ratings froze in the USCF. In January 1980, he was rated 2024.

In early 1980, Emory’s brother brought him down to Alabama. Tate enrolled at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. However, he played chess too much and studied less.

On April 27, 1980, Tate enlisted in the US Air Force at the Montgomery recruiting office. On November 14, 1980, he entered active duty. After Basic Training, he was assigned to fort Meade, Maryland. (Source: Shabazz, p. 17)

Emory served in the US Air Force (USAF) as a linguist from 1980 to 1992.

He learned Russian from a year-long language program at Fort Meade, Maryland. He also picked up German.

In 1981, Emory became a national master.

In 1983, Air Force Senior Airman Emory Tate, Jr. won the 24th US Armed Forces championship. He would later win the Armed Forces championship 5 times and became an International Master, rated over 2450. The Air Force won the team championship.

In 1984, Air Force Sergeant Emory Tate won the 25th US Armed Forces championship, his second Armed Forces championship. He was stationed at Fort Meade at the time. He won the first Colonel Haskell Small Award for top individual honors. Navy Lt Charles Braun took 2nd place. Tate scored 8.5-3.5. The Air Force won the team championship. Navy Dental Technician First Class Ruben R. Ignacio won the blitz championship.

In 1985, while Emory was stationed at a Ministry of Defence base in Chicksands, he married Eileen Ashleigh, a white working-class English woman from Luton, England. She was a catering assistant. They divorced in 1997. (Source: Duhir and Warren, "The Untold Story of Andrew Tate, the Internet’s Most Notorius Influence," BuzzFeed News, March 8, 2023)

On December 1, 1986, Emory’s first son, Emory Andrew Tate III, was born at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was also known as Cobra Tate, King Cobra, and Top G in the kickboxing world. Emory taught him chess and Andrew was rated 1600 blitz. In 1987, Air Force Staff Sergeant Emory Tate won the 28th US Armed Forces championship. Air Force won the team championship, which included Tate, Brian Lankey, Bobby Moore, Greg Vitko, Martin Dean, and Leroy Hill.

In 1987, he played in the 10th NATO chess championship in Aalborg, Denmark. Tate finished 3rd among the 48 competitors. USAF took 4th place among the 12 teams. (Source: Airman magazine, December 1987, p. 40)

In 1988, Tate earned his first International Master (IM) norm at the New York Open.

On July 15, 1988, Emory’s second son, Tristan, was born in Luton, England.

In 1988, Air Force Staff Sergeant Emory Tate won the 29th US Armed Forces championship. Air Force won the team championship.

In 1989, Air Force Staff Sergeant Emory Tate won the 30th US Armed Forces championship. Air Force won the team championship.

In 1990, Emory’s third child, Janine, was born in Luton, England. She became a lawyer.

In 1992, Emory was discharged from the Air Force after being diagnosed with a narcissistic disorder. He was given an Honorable Discharge. His Air Force superiors believed Tate embellished intelligence and was suffering from a personality disorder. Tate later developed a drinking problem, which led on at least one occasion to him being kicked out of a chess tournament. (Source: "Andrew Tate Built an Empire on Bull*t," RollingStone, March 15, 2023}

In 1993, he tied for 1st in the Illinois Open.

In 1993, he gave chess lessons to elementary school students in Goshen, Indiana, as part of a community school board program.

In 1995, he won the Indiana state chess championship. He would win it 5 more times (1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007).

In December 1996, his highest USCF rating was 2508. He had just won the Eastern Open. In 1997, Emory’s wife, Eileen, divorced Emory and moved back to her hometown of Marsh Farm estate in Luton, England with here 3 children. She supported her children by cooking and cleaning dished at the cafeteria of an educational institution. She later remarried. (Sources: McGougan, Daily Mail, Jan 7, 2024 and TheRollaDailyNews, Sep 26, 2023)

In 2005, he was inducted into the Indiana State Chess Hall of Fame.

In 2006, he played in the U.S. Chess Championship, scoring 4 out of 9.

In July 2006, Fide Master (FM) Emory Tate earned his last IM norm at the 34th World Open in Philadelphia. (Source: Shabazz, "2006 World Open: Emory Tate gets IM Norm," The Chess Drum , July 6, 2006 - 2006 World Open: Emory Tate gets 3rd IM Norm! (thechessdrum.net)

In October 2006, Tate’s highest FIDE rating was 2413. He was ranked 72nd highest-rated player in the United States.

In 2007, he received the International Master title.

In 2010, he won the Alabama state chess championship.

On October 10, 2015, Emory gave a blindfold chess exhibition at Weibel Elementary School in Fremont, California. (Source: Shahade, "Armed Forces Champ; Brilliant Tactician Emory Tate, 1958-2015," Chess Life Online, Oct 19,2015)

On October 17, 2015, Tate died after suffering a heart attack during a chess tournament (the GM Sam Shankland Championship) in Milpitas, California. At the time, he was in the middle of his third game, went to the bathroom, came out of the bathroom, said "Call 911" and collapsed. His last game was with expert Yuan Wang. His last rating was 2301. Emory was 56. (Source: Klein, "IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015," Chess.com, Oct 27, 2015) Emory was buried at New Union Grove Church Cemetery in Smuteye, Alabama on October 24, 2015.

At the time of Emory’s death, his son, Andrew Tate, was a 4-time kickboxing world champion living in Bucharest with his younger brother Tristan. Tristan was a former British kickboxing champion. They were both trained by Emory. (Source: Lawrence, "Unmatched Perspicacity: IM Emory Tate, 1958-2015," Chess Life, Jan 2016, pp. 41-42)

In 2016, the Alabama Senate passed a resolution celebrating his life and chess legacy.

In 2016, Andrew Tate appeared on the British reality show Big Brother, but was removed as he was the suspect in an open rape investigation in the UK. (Source: "Andrew Tate," Wikipedia)

In 2021, Emory Andrew Tate III founded a life-coaching business called Hustlers University, which promised to make his followers richer and more attractive to women by unleashing their inner alpha male. His pricey networking group, the War Room, is billed as "a global network in which exemplars of individualism work to free the modern man from socially induced incarceration." (Source: Duhir and Warren, "The Untold Story of Andrew Tate, the Internet’s Most Notorius Influence," BuzzFeed News, March 8, 2023)

On December 29, 2022, Andrew, Tristan, and two women, were arrested in Bucharest, Romania and accused of running a trafficking ring that forced women to create online pornographic content. The Tate brothers were also charged with organized crime, sexual exploitation, and rape. The Tate brothers maintain their innocence. (Source: Tuko, April 20, 2023)

On March 31, 2023, a court released the Tate brothers from prison but placed the brothers under house arrest.

As of January 2024, the Tate brothers remain under judicial control with pre-trial restrictions. The Tate brothers have appealed and have filed a defamation lawsuit claiming $5 million in damages. The have been held in custody for 3 months since their arrest. (Source: Andrew Tate loses his appeal to ease judicial restrictions as human trafficking cas continues," AP news, Jan 20, 2024)

Tate, Emory (2380) — Shabalov, Alexander (2604)
Curacao op (5) Willemstad July 26, 2006
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 a6 8. Qd2 b5 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. a4 b4 11. Nce2 a5 12. Bh6 O-O 13. Bxg7 Kxg7 14. h4 e5 15. Nb5 d5 16. exd5 Bxd5 17. h5 Rh8 18. h6+ Kf8 19. Be4 Nc6 20. Bxd5 Qxd5 21. Qg5 Ne8 22. Rd1 Qe6 23. O-O Ne7 24. f4 Nf5 25. fxe5 Qxe5 26. Rf2 Qe7 27. Qf4 Qe3 28. Qc4 Nxh6 29. Rd3 Qe5 30. Rdf3 Qe7 31. Ned4 Kg8 32. Nc6 Qe1+ 33. Rf1 Qe6 34. Rxf7 1-0

Tate — Shabalov, 2006
After 33. ... Qe6

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