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My salute to IM E. Tate

My salute to IM E. Tate

Nov 13, 2015, 8:36 PM 11

My salute to IM Emory Tate.  


Post: #300812 by LifeMasterAJ on Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:57 am

A sorrowful goodbye, (to) IM Emory A. Tate. 1958-2015.
(We were both born in the same year.) 

I think I had a plus record vs. Emory, with three wins, two losses and at least one draw. (I know I worked harder in that one draw then I did in at least a dozen "normal" chess games!) 

He once remarked that he gave me the impetus to become a master ... he said to me, after winning a brilliant game against him (in R2) of the 1980 Queen Of Hearts, "Stop messing around! If you can beat me, you should win the tournament!!!" I did! 

I was only a "Class A" player at the time. (Low 1900's.) I started the tournament rather slowly by drawing a Class B player. Then I beat Emory Tate in Round Two. In round three, I defeated one of Montgomery's best players. In R4, I defeated J. Scott Pfeiffer, (in a game where {as Black} I was once a whole Rook down - but Scott made a terrible mistake in time pressure). Scott Pfeiffer was (in those days) known as "The terror of the Panhandle." In the last round, I smoothly defeated Kerry Leahy ... who seemed to be getting better every tournament and went on to also become a 2300+ player himself. The 1980 QoH was my "break-out" tournament, everyone said I was a different player after that. 

After the tournament was over, Emory was the first to shake my hand. (With a very young Stuart Rachels looking on.) He also sent me a postcard when I became a master ... congratulating me. He once confided that we shared names, (his middle name, but my first name); and that it meant "strength and powerful." He also said, "With a name like that, you cannot be a loser!" 

He duly thumped me in our last encounter in Montgomery. (He would often visit Montgomery, AL ... I think a family member owned a house and/or some land in that area.) 

RIP, friend. You will be sorely missed. You were one of the most dynamic players that I ever played, bar none! (I will miss you.) I pray that your soul flies on the wings of an eagle. 

- LM A.J. Goldsby I 
{Originally written for http://www.chess.com, I am user FLchessplayer on this site.}  


Other Articles about IM E. Tate:  

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emory_Tate  (Wiki) 
  2. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=15630 
    (The CG player page, many of Tate's games are there.)  
  3. http://en.chessbase.com/post/rest-in-power-emory-tate-1958-2015 
    (The ChessBase article.)  
  4. http://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2015/10/21/emory-tate-chess-savant-warrior-1958-2015/ (Chess Drum - easily the best biography.)  
  5. http://www.uschess.org/content/view/13231/141/ (U.S. Chess Federation.)  
  6. https://new.uschess.org/news/armed-forces-champ-brilliant-tactician-emory-tate-1958-2015/ (U.S. Chess Federation.)  
  7. http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-man-that-walked-by-himself 
    (chess-dot-com article) 
  8. http://www.chess.com/news/emory-tate-1958-2015-7615/ (chess-dot-com article) 

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