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Thu, 09.20.1984

Black Air Force Chess Champion is Crowned

Tate accepting his Trophy

*On this date in 1984, a Black man won the 25th Annual Armed Forces Chess Championship Tournament.

Chess player and Air Force Sergeant Emory A. Tate, Jr., stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland accepted the first annual Haskell Small Award for taking individual honors. Tate won the tournament, which was held in Washington, D.C. that week in September 1984.

He won with a score of 8½-3½. It was the second year that Tate has taken top honors in this tournament. The trophy is the name of the late Colonel Haskell Small, who was instrumental in organizing and promoting the military chess championship. Colonel Small’s widow (shown) is presenting the trophy to Sergeant Tate.

Reference:

Oxford.AASC.com

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