Chess Master Jude Acers, author of
"A Guiding Repertoire for White-e4 ! " and
co-author, analyst, and main annotator for the "Italian
Gambit" can be found, as he has for the last quarter of
a century, at his World Chesstable ("Gazebo" sidewalk terrace),
1018 Decatur Street (the French Quarter) in New Orleans.
Millions of motorists and passersby have seen the "man
in the red beret" play ALL challengers daily-giving Chess
lessons to all levels of players, analyzing your favorite games and
ever promoting the King of Games.
“Fabulously lucky-Always in the right place at the right
This World famous New Orleans Chess Master has the unique distinction,
in his long and venerable career, of being the only match player to
face both Bobby Fischer (Baton Rouge, 1964) and Walter Browne, six time
U. S. Champion (Baton Rouge 1967 & Berkeley 1970).
He was published World Record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records--having
played 117 opponents simultaneously (Lloyds Centre, Portland Oregon)
AND 179!! opponents, again in simultaneous play (Mid Isle Plaza [Broadway
Plaza] Long Island, New York) on July 2-3, 1976.
Featured in the London Times, Associated Press, Oxford American Magazine,
the New York Times and others. Along with more than a thousand Chess
appearances in 46 States. Jude's Elo during his competitive
days of World Class tournament play-2554-this "rating" by
the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Winner of the Stamer Memorial, San
Francisco, the winner take all, Paul Morphy Memorial, FIDE Match Challenge
Cup, New Orleans.
Acers' career highlight (and most memorable game) was
his drawn match with six time U.S. Champion Grandmaster Walter Browne
(Berkeley in 1970). A first round win by Acers was
selected by a panel of six Grandmaster's published in the World Class
Chess publication "Chess Informant" (Informator/Belgrade),
garnering a "Top Ten" theory game award for that year. "It
changed my life forever"-Acers
By his own account---” Riding the Bobby Fischer chess craze years
of 1970-1978, like the Lone Ranger riding Silver”. It was during
these wonder years that Jude met the great Chelan,
Washington Chess promoter, Russell Miller.
The rest was Chess history. Known worldwide for his promotional work
at commercial malls, colleges, and prison chess exhibitions (more than
100 appearances in all), Acers developed a rapid fire 10 minute lecture
known as the Four Must-do Chess Tips plus introducing chess fans to
two "classic" must-read Chess books. Then down to business,
giving 20-40 opponent “simultaneous” exhibitions in 46 States,
Can you imagine playing this type of chess at the Alaska State Fair,
Lenox Mall in Atlanta, GA., and the Broadway Plaza in New York - all
in ONE week!
Five National T.V. appearances including an eight (8) board simultaneous
"Blindfold" exhibition on July 21, 1981-seen by millions on
The program won a National Media Award for the top rated T.V. Newsman
Eric Paulsen (WWL Channel 4), and brought worldwide attention to David
Compton, an imaginative Chess promoter who made the moves as Acers
called them out.
Recently, New Orleans media cameraman Steve Alfortisch (Channel 8 "Fox")
won national honors for his February, 2001 coverage of Acers'
Louisiana-Angola State Prison appearance.
You can find Jude’s very selective book reviews
and the latest commentary on World Class Chess tournament play, and
more, at www.chesslab.com.