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Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (Special Offer)

August 10, 2017

This is a limited time offer to own or gift a hardbound copy of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior.” Dr. Daaim Shabazz and I know Emory had many friends in California who have not yet had an opportunity to add Triple Exclam into their library. Daaim has entrusted me to distribute some of the last remaining copies of this historic work out west. Help us keep Emory’s memory alive and well in California by ordering a copy of his book. In most cases, I will deliver your copy to you personally with a handshake. Additionally, you will be invited to an exclusive book talk the next time Dr. Daaim Shabazz is in California. The price is just $40. Please send questions and orders to Chris Torres,

Click here to read my review of “Triple Exclam!!! The Life And Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior”

Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior (review)

August 1, 2017

Triple Exclam!!! The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior

Emory Tate was more than an International Master at chess. He was an icon of African American chess, a poet, a fighter, a father, a wordsmith and an oftentimes misunderstood genius. To many in the chess world, Emory was a boastful stranger and, to a lucky few, a good friend. Emory acquired legions of fans through his brilliant chess moves. Many became fascinated by his enigmatic personality and mysterious past only to discover that it was nearly impossible to separate the myth from the man. This is where the book Triple Exclam!!! shines.

In Triple Exclam!!!, Daaim Shabazz aptly exposes the real Emory Tate by focusing not just on the light and dark, but also everything in between. Through sheer determination, Shabazz does what so many other chess players failed to, he captures the genius that was Emory Tate. In doing so, Triple Exclam!!! makes a solid case that: Emory Tate was a chess player of the highest caliber, and despite the odds being against him, became a legendary American chess figure.

Fans of Tate will love this book. As a close friend of Emory’s, I cherish it. Most importantly, I know Emory Tate would find his portrayal in Triple Exclam!!! to be “most professional.”

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#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 20

March 1, 2017

White to play and mate in 5 moves.

Emory Tate – Macon Shibut, Washington DC 2004

#Chess Puzzle Worth Sharing 9

February 9, 2017

White to move and mate in 3.

Emory Tate vs. Arthur Abolianin, Deurne 2000

Remembering Emory Tate on the Occasion of his Birthday

December 27, 2015
Photo of Emory Tate taken on 10/10/2015

Photo of Emory Tate taken on 10/10/2015


Tomorrow, 12/27/2015, would have been Emory Tate’s 57th birthday. Emory left chess enthusiasts with so much to remember him by that he will truly never be forgotten. Below, I am sharing Emory’s account of his victory in a blindfold simul held just one week before his untimely passing. All of the colorful annotations are Emory Tate’s and are placed here as an example of the passion he brought to every chess class he taught. Further proof that Emory, right up until his life ended, was a professional of the highest order.


[Event “Emory Tate’s Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibition”]

[Site “Fremont, California (USA)”]
[Date “2015.10.10”]
[Round “”]
[White “Tate, Emory (USA)”]
[Black “Opponent 2/5”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Eco “D20”]
[Annotator “Emory Tate”]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 {The first surprise came early.. This was my only d4 game and this move was
played by World Champion Karpov as black many many times…. This set my nerves on edge.}

Position after 2... dxc4.

Position after 2… dxc4.


3.e4 {Still I choose aggression.}

Position after 3. e4.

Position after 3. e4.


3… Nc6 {A fine move. White must react.}

Position after 3... Nc6.

Position after 3… Nc6.

4.d5 {OK}

Position after 4. d5.

Position after 4. d5.


4… Ne5 {A serious response… and I seem to remember that I should take on c4 now and
play the Qa4 tactic… leading to a long positional struggle. Again??? I refuse.}

Position after 4... Ne5.

Position after 4… Ne5.

5.f4 { A move seeking tactics..}

Position after 5. f4.

Position after 5. f4.


5… Nd3+ {Clearly best.}

Position after 5... Nd3+.

Position after 5… Nd3+.

6.Bxd3 cxd3 7.Qxd3 e6 {Now my queen is in an uncomfortable pin.. My d pawn is exposed. These new kids play very well indeed… I had to go into deep reserves of my own skill set.}

Position after 7... e6.

Position after 7… e6.

8.Nc3 Nf6 {The pressure is at the breaking point. Calm is required.}

Position after 8 ... Nf6.

Position after 8 … Nf6.

9.Nf3 exd5 {Why not c6 to crack my position once and for all??? I had prepared d6 with
nasty forks all around the center. Failing that, I protect the d6 pawn with e5
and a win! Still and all, black has two bishops and a wonderful game.. I am in trouble. The limit of tactics is revealed.}


Position after 9... exd5.

Position after 9… exd5.

10.e5 {I gasp for air.}

Position after 10. e5.

Position after 10. e5.

10… Nh5 {Quite risky.. Even fearless.}

Position after 10... Nh5.

Position after 10… Nh5.

11.Qxd5 {I did not want to trade queens blindfolded, but if Nd5 then c6 puts me in a pickle!}

Position after 11. Qxd5.

Position after 11. Qxd5.

11… Qxd5 12.Nxd5 Kd7 {Necessary agression.}

Position after 12. Kd7.

Position after 12. Kd7.

13.g4 {I thought here that I had tricked my young opponent… but NO!!}

Position after 13. g4.

Position after 13. g4.

13… Kc6 {!} {Meeting fire with fire. I was puzzled. What to do? So I remained calm..}

Position after 13... Kc6.

Position after 13… Kc6.

14.gxh5 Kxd5 {My pawn structure is compromised, and under eniormous pressure I announced
0-0-0 check.. only to be told.. “illegal move.” and it all came back to me.. I
have 5 boards and 5 dangerous opponents.. ultimate failure is just over the mental horizon. Honestly…}

Position after 14... Kxd5.

Position after 14… Kxd5.

15.Rg1 {Then I played Rg1 (not only to restrict his development, but a mult-faceted
move.. if he wants to move the f8 bishop, perhaps he might play g6 giving my
doubled h pawn exchangibility. Value… and there are other factors.) I was
playing my hardest now. I keep his bishop off g4, a move which could ruin me. And I survive another moment.}

Position after 15. Rg1.

Position after 15. Rg1.

15… Ke4 {A super-aggressive play. Against Tate?}

Position after 15... Ke4.

Position after 15… Ke4.

16.Ng5+ Kd3 {And he is deep in my rear area. Now I see. I considered a drawing sequence..
i.e., Nf7 Rg8 Nh6 Rh8 Nf7 Rg8 etc… Until I noticed he can break the sequence
at any time with Bb4 check. I became a bit desperate so I tossed in a check….}

Position after 16... Kd3.

Position after 16… Kd3.

17.Rg3+ Kc2 {Honestly?}

Position after 17... Kc2.

Position after 17… Kc2.

18.Rc3#  1-0

Position after 18. Rc3#

Position after 18. Rc3#



California Remembers Emory Tate

November 9, 2015
Today I had the sad honor of hosting a memorial event for International Emory Tate. This West Coast tribute to Emory was attended by many of his best friends and students. It was an inspirational afternoon and everyone who attended left with a better understanding of the man we were fortunate to befriend. At the end of the event, I announced a Torres Chess and Music Academy Scholarship in Emory’s name and also pledged to help Eric Schiller keep Emory’s memory alive through a new book about his life and games. I am deeply grateful to Janine Tate, James Paquette, Eric Schiller and Achiever Institute for their fantastic job helping me to organize such a moving tribute.
Below is the program from Emory’s memorial for those who were not able to attend today’s tribute:
 Microsoft PowerPoint - Tate Memorial Program2.pptx
Tate Memorial Program p2

In Memory of Emory

October 30, 2015


Fearsome attacker Emory Tate, a local chess favorite, dies at 58

October 28, 2015

This column lost a good friend — and a reliable source of Grade-A material — with the untimely passing of IM Emory Tate earlier this month at the age of 58….

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En Passant

October 20, 2015

International Master Emory Tate’s funeral is this Saturday the 24th of October at 864 county road 17, banks, Alabama, 36005. The wake is at 11am and funeral at 12pm.
Flowers can be donated at by clicking on his picture and cards may be mailed at 814 headland Ave Dothan, AL 36303


October 19, 2015

Emory Tate “was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again.” – William Skakespeare (Hamlet)

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