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‘Emory Tate was Absolutely a Trailblazer for African-American Chess’: Andrew Tate’s Father Once Received Ultimate Praise from Grandmaster Maurice Ashley

Published 08/04/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

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Andrew Tate, the controversial kickboxer, has always acknowledged his father, Emory Tate’s unparalleled impact on his life. ‘Cobra’ along with his younger brother Tristan Tate, once expressed how great a chess player and a person their late father, Emory Tate, was. Although he was a brilliant chess player, he had to deal with immense poverty by raising his two sons and one daughter. According to Andrew and Tristan Tate, chess never paid anyone well. But how good was Emory Tate as a chess player?

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Grandmaster Maurice Ashley called Emory Tate a trailblazer for African-American chess and a personality that captivated anyone. In Ashley’s words, “Emory Tate was absolutely a trailblazer for African-American chess. His super tactical style, as well as his incredibly entertaining post mortems, were legendary.”


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“His charisma and charm captivated anyone who met him, and his love for chess permeated every pore of his being,” Ashley added.

Andrew Tate and his brother on their father, Emory Tate, as a chess player

In a highly emotional statement, Andrew and Tristan Tate once talked about their father as a chess player. They even claimed that there was no money to gain in chess. Since there was little money and glory in chess, Emory Tate had to even live in a car.

“But he never had any f** money. He wasn’t even in the top 100 players. He never crossed the top 100, back in 1998, 1999. That was his heyday. He lived in a car for a lot of his life. There’s no money in chess. There’s very little glory in chess,” had told the Tate brothers.


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As per the data available on the public domain, Emory Tate won the U.S. Armed Forces Championship five times in the 1980s. Although according to his sons’ statement, Emory Tate never crossed the top 100, back in 1998, 1999, he won the Indiana State Championship six times.

Emory Tate never fancied an extravagant way of living. According to his elder son, “He was a man who was at home in his own skin. He didn’t need or want a house or a car or a little garden to feel at home. He was happy anywhere…He didn’t have a wife or a lot of material possessions, but he was a genius. Make no mistake — not only in chess, at everything.”


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Written by:

Samrat Sardar


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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.
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