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Jude Frazer Acers
J Acers 
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1964 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2229
Highest rating achieved in database: 2241
Overall record: +10 -6 =1 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-06-1944, 72 years old) United States of America

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Jude Acers was born in Long Beach, California. He is a U.S. senior chess master now living in New Orleans who has set several world record simultaneous exhibition records. He learned to play chess at age 7 and was a master at age 17. In 1966 at the Louisiana State Fair, he played 114 opponents simultaneously and won all 114 games. In 1976 he played 179 opponents simultaneously in Long Island. He has toured 48 states and 5 countries to give over a thousand chess exhibitions. When not touring and playing in other chess tournaments, Jude can be found at his World Chess table on the Gazebo sidewalk terrace at 1018 Decatur Street (the French Quarter), New Orleans, Louisiana. He is known as the man with the red beret. In 2005, he survived Hurricane Katrina and the floods in New Orleans, and was evacuated safely to Tennessee.

Jude is also an accomplished writer. From 1972 through 1975 (the Fischer boom), he was the editor of Chess Barbs (published in the Berkeley Barb underground newspaper), which featured not only his weekly chess columns, but chapters from his yet to be published book, The Road. He co-authored the book The Italian Gambit (2004).

Further Reading: (1) , (2) Wikipedia article: Jude Acers

 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Acers vs C Hoey 0-134 1964 Intercollegiate ChampionshipsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Acers vs G Simms  1-035 1968 USA opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Larsen vs J Acers  1-060 1968 USA opA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. J Acers vs G Hulburd 1-046 1968 USA opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
5. J Acers vs R Klein 0-133 1968 USA opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. J Acers vs T Jenkins 1-024 1968 USA opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. J Acers vs W N Bragg 1-043 1968 USA opC07 French, Tarrasch
8. A Spiller vs J Acers 0-127 1968 USA opD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Saidy vs J Acers  1-041 1968 69th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. J Acers vs M Wilkerson  1-055 1968 USA opB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
11. Browne vs J Acers ½-½51 1970 Budapest (Hungary)C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. J Acers vs K Lawless  1-040 1970 San Francisco,Mechanics Institute,Training gameC27 Vienna Game
13. Browne vs J Acers  0-142 1971 USAC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. J Acers vs Parsons 1-010 1980 USAB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. M Papa vs J Acers  1-040 1983 CasualA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
16. Jansa vs J Acers 1-043 2011 21st World Seniors ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
17. E Steigum vs J Acers 0-116 2011 21st World Seniors ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Nov-09-13  ChessDryad: Berkeley Barb: (published in Berkeley)

Editor: Jude Acers

Some issues of the Berkeley Barb contained chess columns without Jude's Chess Barbs logo. Others contained chapters from his still-to-be-published The Road.

Chess Barbs, February 25-March 2, 1972 (Column has caption: "BEGINNING NOW-") Chess Barbs, March 3-9, 1972
Chess Barbs, March 10-16, 1972
Chess Barbs, March 17-23, 1972
Chess Barbs, March 24-30, 1972
Chess Barbs, March 31-April 6, 1972
Chess Barbs, April 7-13, 1972
Chess Barbs, April 14-20, 1972
Chess Barbs, April 21-27, 1972
Chess Barbs, April 28-May 4, 1972
Chess Barbs, May 5-11, 1972
Chess Barbs, May 12-18, 1972
Chess Barbs, May 19-25, 1972
Chess Barbs, May 26-June 1, 1972
Chess Barbs, June 2-8, 1972
Chess Barbs, June 9-15, 1972
Chess Barbs, June 16-23, 1972
Chess Barbs, June 23-29, 1972
Chess Barbs, June 30-July 6, 1972
July 7-13, 1972
July 14-20, 1972
July 21-27, 1972 (Jude's name not on column.)
July 28-August 3, 1972
August 4-10, 1972
August 11-17, 1972
Chess Barbs, August 18-24, 1972
Chess Barbs, August 25-31, 1972
Chess Barbs, September 1-7, 1972
Chess Barbs, September 8-14, 1972
Chess Barbs, September 15-21, 1972
Chess Barbs, September 22-28, 1972
Chess Barbs, September 29-October 5, 1972
Chess Barbs, October 6-12, 1972
Chess Barbs, October 13-19, 1972
Chess Barbs, October 20-26, 1972
Chess Barbs, November 10-16, 1972
Chess Barbs, November 17-23, 1972
Chess Barbs, November 24-30, 1972
Chess Barbs, December 1-7, 1972
December 8-14, 1972 (The Road, Part 1)
December 15-21, 1972 (The Road, Part 2)
Chess Barbs, December 22-28, 1972
December 29, 1972-January 4, 1973 (The Road, Part 3) Chess Barbs, January 5-11, 1973
Chess Barbs, January 12-18, 1973
Chess Barbs, January 19-25, 1973
Chess Barbs, February 2-8, 1973
Chess Barbs, February 9-15, 1973
Chess Barbs, February 16-22, 1973
February 23-March 1, 1973 (The Road, Part 4)
Chess Barbs, March 9-15, 1973 (The Road, Part 4 continuation) Chess Barbs, March 16-22, 1973
March 23-29 (The Road, Part 4 continuation)
Chess Barbs, March 30-April 5, 1973
Chess Barbs, April 13-19, 1973
Chess Barbs, April 20-26, 1973
Chess Barbs, April 27-May 3, 1973
Chess Barbs, May 4-10, 1973
Chess Barbs, May 18-24, 1973
Chess Barbs, May 25-31, 1973
Chess Barbs, June 1-7, 1973
Chess Barbs, June 15-21, 1973
Chess Barbs, July 13-19, 1973
Chess Barbs, July 20-26, 1973
Chess Barbs, July 27-August 2, 1973
Chess Barbs, August 3-9, 1973
Chess Barbs, August 17-23, 1973
Chess Barbs, August 24-30, 1973
Chess Barbs, September 14-20, 1973
Chess Barbs, September 21-27, 1973
Chess Barbs, September 28-October 4, 1973
Chess Barbs, October 5-11, 1973
Chess Barbs, November 2-8, 1973
Chess Barbs, November 9-15, 1973
Chess Barbs, November 16-22, 1973
Chess Barbs, November 23-29, 1973
Chess Barbs, November 30-December 6, 1973
Chess Barbs, December 7-13, 1973
Chess Barbs, December 21-27, 1973
Chess Barbs, January 4-10, 1974 (The Road, Part 5)
Chess Barbs, January 11-17, 1974
Chess Barbs, January 18-24, 1974
Chess Barbs, January 25-31, 1974
Chess Barbs, February 1-7, 1974
Chess Barbs, February 8-14, 1974
Chess Barbs, February 15-21, 1974
Chess Barbs, March 1-7, 1974
March 8-14, 1974 (The Road, Part 6)
Chess Barbs, March 22-28, 1974
Chess Barbs, March 29-April 4, 1974
Chess Barbs, April 5-11, 1974
Chess Barbs, April 12-18, 1974
Chess Barbs, April 19-25, 1974
Chess Barbs, May 3-9, 1974
May 17-23, 1974 (The Road, Part 7)
Chess Barbs, June 21-27, 1974
July 12-18, 1974 (The Road, Part 10)
August 2-8, 1974 (The Road, Part 11)
Chess Barbs, August 9-15, 1974 (The Road, Part 12)
Chess Barbs, August 23-29, 1974 (The Road, Part 13)
September 20-26, 1974 (The Road, Part 15)
September 27-October 3, 1974 (The Road, Part 15 continued) Chess Barbs, November 15-21, 1974
Chess Barbs, November 22-28, 1974
December 20-26, 1974
Chess Barbs, December 27-January 2, 1975
Chess Barbs, January 24-30, 1975
Chess Barbs, January 31-February 6, 1975
Chess Barbs, February 28-March 6, 1975

Nov-09-13  ChessDryad: Here's a link to the parts of Jude's 'The Road' that have been published:

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  Joshka: <ChessDryad> Hey thanks for posting!!! Just read read Jude scored 6 out of 11 at the World Senior Championship in Croatia recently. Think he did a bit better last year.
Dec-01-13  thegoodanarchist: I found this on wikipedia:

<Questions have arisen concerning his actual strength at chess. He got his U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) rating up to 2399, just one point below Senior Master, by playing matches against players who had never played rated chess before.

This led the USCF Executive Director Ed Edmondson to freeze his rating at 2399 until he played in an open tournament.<<[citation needed]>> >

So this is quite a different story from what I've heard at tournaments and also from what is posted on page 1 here, that he was banned or whatnot.

I have given up trying to get a "definitive" report.

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  parisattack: I remember hearing about all of this in the 1970s. On the one hand the brief time I met Jude he did seem quite 'driven' but on the other hand he seemed like he was already close to a legitimate 2400.

Where tournaments were scarce, matches appealed as a way of getting your ratings boost quicker. You could, for example, play a substantially weaker play (say 150-200 points), spank them hard in a nice long match and pick of some tidy points.

Jan-15-14  ChessDryad: I've posted all The Road chapters I could find at
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  redlance: happy birthday jude!!!!
Apr-06-14  morfishine: A pity for this icon to have his rating frozen at 2399. Maybe he should summon one great last effort and play the World Open or something


Apr-07-14  ForeverYoung: some very choice reading in his "on the road". thanks chessdryad!
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  Joshka: <ForeverYoung> Was hoping the book will be out by now. Any info on when it will be released?
May-07-14  Moszkowski012273: Just went one and one with Jude. He doesn't take a loss well.
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  Joshka: <Moszkowski012273> Wow, that's a shame, but when you put all your eggs in one basket, losing becomes, I presume, almost unbearable. Did you write the moves down? Would love to pay him a visit for a few days and pick his brain and talk chess!!
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  Joshka: Anyone know if Jude participated in this years Senior World Championship in Greece which was just completed??
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  PhilFeeley: <ChessDryad: I've posted all The Road chapters I could find at

It looks like there's enough there to publish a complete book already. I wonder what he's waiting for.

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  PhilFeeley: <Joshka> According to this he didn't play there this year:

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  PhilFeeley: He played in the 2013 edition:

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  TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter #722>: <Walter Browne’s chess archives continue to bear fruit. Below are the four games of the first match between Walter and Jude Acers. Walter writes in his book The Stress of Chess (page 26) about his adventures in the summer of 1967 (Walter was 18).

In August I took an all expenses paid trip to Atlanta to compete in the U.S. Open, courtesy of the USCF for coming second in the US Junior Closed. In a so-so performance I tied for fourth.

Afterwards I visited a friend in New Orleans and then got talked into hitching a ride ninety miles up to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the rain. On the way up my friend and I first got a ride from a trucker, quite likely a KKK member, who swore almost non-stop for a good thirty minutes, lamenting mostly of his hatred toward fellow human beings in the South. A few minutes later in the rain we get a ride from a black family that was so tranquil and low-key; it was a complete and highly appreciated change!

I stayed with my friend in what seemed like a mansion, a huge three-storey house in Baton Rouge. I met the infamous master and organizer/showman Jude Acers, who is an incredible character with boundless infectious energy. Jude and I ended up playing a four game match which I won handily: 4–0.

Here, for the first time, are the games of this USCF-rated match, played at a time control of 40 moves in 2 hours.>

Note: Walter’s scoresheets for games 1, 3 and 4 match the information provided in The Stress of Chess, but the fourth score is confusing. The other games are dated August 29 and 30, but this has August 27 written on it and ends in a draw. Unlike the other three games there is nothing on the scoresheet to indicate it was game two (although the colors match perfectly). No other scores between Walter and Jude from 1967 were found in Walter’s records. It seems quite possible this other scoresheet was game two and we have presented it below as such.

King’s Indian Attack A08
Walter Browne (2323)–Jude Acers (2300)
Baton Rouge (1) Aug 30, 1967

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.Ngf3 Ne7 7.0–0 Nbc6 8.Qe2 0–0 9.Re1 b5 10.e5 Nf5 11.c3 c4 12.d4 a5 13.Nf1 h6 14.Ne3 Nxe3 15.Bxe3 Bd7 16.h4 Qe7 17.Nh2 b4 18.Ng4 bxc3 19.bxc3 Kh7 20.Qd2 h5 21.Bg5 Qa3 22.Nf6+ Bxf6 23.exf6 Rfb8 24.Rab1 Qf8 25.Bf3 Rxb1 26.Rxb1 Rb8 27.Rxb8 Nxb8 28.Bxh5 gxh5 29.Qe2 Qh8 30.Bf4 e5 31.Qxh5+ Kg8 32.Qxe5 Be6 33.Qxb8+ Kh7 34.Qe5 Kg8 35.h5 Kh7 36.Qg5 Qf8 37.f3 a4 38.g4 Kh8 39.h6 Qg8 40.Qg7+ Qxg7 41.hxg7+ Kg8 42.Kf2 Bd7 43.Bd6 Bc8 44.Kg3 Bd7 45.f4 Bb5 46.f5 Bd7 47.Kf4 Bb5 48.Ke5 Bc6 49.Bb4 1–0

Sicilian Accelerated Dragon B35
Jude Acers (2300)–Walter Browne (2323)
Baton Rouge (2), August 30, 1967

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0–0 0–0 9.Bb3 Ng4 10.Qxg4 Nxd4 11.Qd1 Nc6 12.Bd2 Qd8 13.Bg5 d6 14.Qd2 Be6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Bh6 Rc8 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Kh1 Qb6 19.f4 Qxb2 20.Rab1 Qa3 21.Rxb7 Rf7 22.Rf3 Qa6 23.Rb1 Qc4 24.a3 ½–½

King’s Indian A08
Walter Browne (2323)–Jude Acers (2300)
Baton Rouge (3), August 31, 1967

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.Ngf3 Nc6 7.0–0 Nge7 8.Qe2 0–0 9.Re1 b5 10.h4 c4 11.exd5 exd5 12.d4 Bg4 13.c3 Re8 14.Nf1 Qd7 15.Bf4 Nf5 16.Qd2 Rxe1 17.Rxe1 Re8 18.Rxe8+ Qxe8 19.N3h2 Be2 20.Bxd5 Nd8 21.Ne3 Bd3 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 23.Qe3 Ne6 24.Nf3 Qd7 25.Be4 Nxf4 26.Qxf4 Bxe4 27.Qxe4 f5 28.Qa8+ Bf8 29.Ne5 Qe6 30.Qxa7 f4 31.Qd7 Qxd7 32.Nxd7 Bd6 33.Nf6+ Kf7 34.Ne4 Be7 35.Kg2 fxg3 36.fxg3 Ke6 37.Kf3 b4 38.Nf2 b3 39.axb3 cxb3 40.Ne4 Kd5 41.Nd2 h5 42.Nxb3 g5 43.hxg5 Bxg5 44.Ke2 Be7 45.Nd2 Bd6 46.Kf3 Bf8 47.b3 Be7 48.Ne4 h4 49.gxh4 Bxh4 50.Ke3 Be7 51.c4+ Kc6 52.d5+ Kb6 53.Kd4 Ba3 54.c5+ Kb5 55.d6 Kc6 56.Kc4 Bb2 57.b4 Be5 58.b5+ Kb7 59.Kd5 Bh2 60.c6+ Kc8 61.b6 Bf4 62.b7+ Kb8 63.Nc5 1–0

Sicilian Richer Rauzer B66
Jude Acers (2300)–Walter Browne (2323)
Baton Rouge (4), August 31, 1967

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 h6 9.Bh4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qxh4 11.Qe3 d5 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Qb6 Qf4+ 14.Kb1 Rb8 15.Qxc6+ Bd7 16.Qxa6 Qxe4 17.Qa7 Qb4 18.b3 Bc5 19.Qc7 Bd6 0–1

Dec-17-16  john springer: i played jude in the 1961 us juniors in dayton..he beat me but was andry after the opening.. i asked him why he was angry since he had won..i remember him saying that he had memorized hundreds of lines and had played one out of order in our game!
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  HeMateMe: was he really at that same café in NO for years, playing chess every morning? Sounds like something from 19th century Europe. Every club seems to have that one guy who is a fixture (back when there were brick and mortar chess clubs).
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  redlance: Yes, right out front every day about 1PM. A real pro!!!
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  HeMateMe: I remember reading Chess Life in the '80s and Acers always had an advert in the back, every month, that stated "Jude acers takes on all comers at café _____ daily."
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  offramp: Any estimates as to how much he could make in a day? Theroretically, with 5 or 6 blitz games an hour, he could make about $400 in a day, but did he ever come close to that?
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  HeMateMe: was he playing for money?
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  offramp: <HeMateMe: was he playing for money?> I think so... I was going by the photo on his wikipedia page. He is sitting beside a professionally printed metal sign reading

<"U.S. Chess Master
Jude Acers
World Chess Table
$5.00 Lesson Games

There is another photo with another, slightly different sign.

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  HeMateMe: Oh, ok. Is he also getting supplemental income as a spokesperson for DEVO?


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