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Emory Tate Chess Biography and Cause of Death

Emory Tate is an international chess master born on December 27, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois.

He has three children—Andrew Tate, Tristan Tate, and Janine Tate.

Andrew Tate became the most searched person on Google in 2022.

He rose to fame due to his controversial takes on masculinity, money, and other topics.

Andrew talked a lot about his father in various podcasts.

He picked up chess from his father and won the Indiana state championship when he was 5 years old.

In this article, you’ll learn Emory Tate’s chess ranking/rating, biography, and cause of death.

Emory Tate chess biography

Emory Andrew Tate, Jr. was born in a successful family with a doting mother and a strict father.

His father, Emory Tate, Sr., worked as a sharecropper in Elberton Georgia.

He served in the US Army in WWII in ammunition transport and spent 48 years as a lawyer.

Emory Sr. taught all of his children the game of chess.

Emory Jr. learned the game at the age of 4 and surpassed his father’s skill at the age of 13.

In 1976, Emory Tate graduated from Concord High School and went on to study pre-medicine at Northwestern University.

When Tate was a teenager, he was the only player to beat Arthur Bisguier, a former chess grandmaster.

Tate has a rating of 1797 in the late 70s when the ratings froze in the US Chess Federation.

He later joined the Air Force where he became dominant in the chess world.

He won the US Armed Forces Championship in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Russian chess players were surprised by his play and respected him.

Tate earned his first IM norm at the New York open in 1988 with Maurice Ashley.

However, he only got his IM title 20 years after his first international-level performance because he mainly participated in tournaments where norms were not offered.

From 1988 to 2008, Tate has beaten over 80 grandmasters.

According to Andrew, his father is his role model in many ways and inspires the way he writes his poetry.

Emory Tate’s cause of death

Emory Tate’s cause of death was after a sudden collapse during a chess tournament.

He died on October 17, 2015 (aged 56) in Milpitas, California, United States.

According to Chirila, he saw Emory walking out of the restroom and mumbling to call 911.

He collapsed in the next second and players tried to give him first aid.

He said that the fire department arrived between 5 to 10 minutes.

When the chess tournament resumed, Chirila was merely pushing the pieces.

Emory’s last game necessarily went down as a loss to Yuan Wang.

What is Emory Tate’s chess rating?

Emory Tate

Emory Tate’s peak US chess rating is 2499 in 1997.

He made 2500 in his live rating after the US masters the same year.

A year later, his FIDE peaked a decade later at 2413.

This allowed him to earn the international chess master title before he turned 50 years old.

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