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J Acers 
Jude Frazer Acers
Number of games in database: 16
Years covered: 1964 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2229
Highest rating achieved in database: 2241
Overall record: +10 -5 =1 (65.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Apr-06-1944, 71 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; 16 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Acers vs C Hoey 0-134 1964 Intercollegiate ChampionshipsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. A Spiller vs J Acers 0-127 1968 USA opD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. J Acers vs G Hulburd 1-046 1968 USA opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. J Acers vs M Wilkerson  1-055 1968 USA opB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
5. J Acers vs W N Bragg 1-043 1968 USA opC07 French, Tarrasch
6. J Acers vs G Simms  1-035 1968 USA opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. J Acers vs R Klein 0-133 1968 USA opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. Larsen vs J Acers  1-060 1968 USA opA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
9. J Acers vs T Jenkins 1-024 1968 USA opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. J Acers vs K Lawless  1-040 1970 San Francisco,Mechanics Institute,Training gameC27 Vienna Game
11. Browne vs J Acers ½-½51 1970 Budapest (Hungary)C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Browne vs J Acers  0-142 1971 USAC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. J Acers vs Parsons 1-010 1980 USAB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. M Papa vs J Acers  1-040 1983 CasualA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
15. E Steigum vs J Acers 0-116 2011 21st World Seniors ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Jansa vs J Acers 1-043 2011 21st World Seniors ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
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  Joshka: Speaking of "The Piano Man", Joel will be at the New Orleans Jazz Festival April 27th, 2013, for what it's worth!;-)
Jan-17-13  HeMateMe: Billy never had time for a wife.

I love Jude's DEVO hat. I've got an uncontrollable urge to go out and buy the same outfit.

Mar-19-13  minibikeguy: I was playing chess with my brother back in the early 1980's when I lived in New Orleans, basking in my victories, when brother said, "I know someone you can't beat"... to which I replied, "There's no one in the world I can't beat." Brother told me about Jude Acres sitting down there in the French Quarter on the sidewalk playing chess for 5 bucks a game. I went down there without delay and found out that there is someone in the world I can't beat. I am more proficient at the game nowadays and plan a revenge trip as soon as possible. I live about 100 miles from New Orleans but get down there now and then and will look Jude up! Given 20 games or so I think I can take him... LOL.
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  SteinitzLives: No trip to New Orleans should be considered complete without a visit to Jude in the French Quarter. You can find him somewhere on or just slightly off of Decatur St., near the Gazebo restaurant or French market.

Beloved by the locals and merchants who help provide for him, Jude has lived a life that many only dream about.

Charming and gentlemanly with his french/cajun/big easy influenced manner, he is a delight to play against. I can only claim one win and a couple of draws against him in my various travels there, and quite a few educational losses.

There is a magic to the environment where he makes his living that transcends the vulgarity of lifes' details that the rest of us labor under, unless we are right there with him.

His knowledge of New Orleans chess history, particularly that re: Paul Morphy is not only enlightening but very helpful for any chess tourist looking to visit historical chess sites there.

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  waustad: With the video today: I discovered that his name is pronounced with a hard 'c'. I'd always assumed it was like tennis players winning in one shot.
Sep-27-13  dsbnola: Some of you have suggested a movie should be made of Jude's story. I'm make a documentary about him that y'all might find interesting. Here's a preview that I hope y'all enjoy, especially if you've wanted to meet Jude and have been unable to make it to New Orleans::
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  Joshka: <dsbnola> Thanks for the link, but I get no video on my computer, only audio:-( Congradulations for starting something about Jude!!!! Wish you success!!!!
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  Abdel Irada: I've often wondered what Acers is like in person.

From the first time I read Chess Life, at college in 1983, his name has been familiar. A regular fixture of the magazine at the time was a classified ad near the back, reading something like "Chess in New Orleans' French Quarter. NM Jude Acers takes on all comers. Contact _______ for more information."

Sight unseen, I formed a romantic picture in my mind: playing this mysterious master in the home of the legendary Paul Morphy (my chessic idol at the time). I imagined it as something like playing in the outdoor seating of the local café in Santa Cruz, but blessed with eternal sunshine and that special Big Easy ambiance.

I never did make it to New Orleans, but seeing a good video about Acers would be the next best thing.

Nov-09-13  ChessDryad: After his Berkeley Barb column was discontinued, he wrote another column: City Magazine: (published in San Francisco by Francis Ford Coppola)

Editor: Jude Acers

Jude Acers On Chess, September 17_30, 1975
Jude Acers On Chess, November 4_25, 1975


Jude Acers On Chess, December 23, 1975
Jude Acers On Chess, January 6_13, 1976
Acers On Chess, January 20_27, 1976

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!!!!
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  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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