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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, 75 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 1967 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).

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Last updated: 2017-08-05 05:14:16

 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Acers vs C Hoey 0-1341964Intercollegiate ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Acers vs G Simms  1-035196869th US OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Larsen vs J Acers  1-060196869th US OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. J Acers vs G Hulburd 1-046196869th US OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
5. J Acers vs R Klein 0-133196869th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. J Acers vs T Jenkins 1-024196869th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. J Acers vs W N Bragg 1-043196869th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
8. A Spiller vs J Acers 0-127196869th US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Saidy vs J Acers  1-041196869th US OpenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. J Acers vs M Wilkerson  1-055196869th US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
11. J Acers vs K Lawless  1-0401970San Francisco,Mechanics Institute,Training gameC27 Vienna Game
12. Browne vs J Acers ½-½511970National OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Browne vs J Acers  0-1421971USAC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. J Acers vs Parsons 1-0101980USAB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. M Papa vs J Acers  1-0401983CasualA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
16. Jansa vs J Acers 1-043201121st World Seniors ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
17. E Steigum vs J Acers 0-116201121st World Seniors ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-01-05  deschner: Last I checked, Jude Acers holds court in a Coffee House in New Orleans, LA, taking on all challengers. When he went on simul tour, it was an exciting must-see event. He told fun stories and tales about chess. He is a bundle of energy giving a simul. At a chess tourney in Wyoming, he declined a 2nd place trophy, handing it back to the TD. "1st Place or Nothing!" was Jude Acers motto.
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  Joshka: Finally Jude gets his own home here on! I've read quite a bit about this player from the "Big Easy" and he's quite a character to say the least. His book on the "Italian Gambit" is a good read. Have never had the pleasure to meet him on tour, but I'm sure it would be a memorable experience. Any folks with Jude stories please post!...thanks
Jun-25-05  chrismiceli: I live near New Orleans, and my chess coach plays Jude Acers quite frequently. He is quite open to playing anyone and helping them with their game. He has a board on Canal street somewhere. I have never played him though.
Jun-26-05  JoshuaJ8588: The honest truth is that Jude Acers was banned (that's right banned) from the USCF because he was submitting games, which were suppose to be tutorials or unrated tourney games, to the USCF to be rated. And he just kept on getting wins and few rating points by this. This is why he isn't an active chessplayer.
Jun-26-05  whiskeyrebel: I had the pleasure of playing a board against Acers at one of his simuls when I was a kid in the early 70's. He was an exotic "charachter" shall we say..a very inspiring man. I managed to draw and was of course thrilled. There's lots of info about him on the net. I remember reading a piece about his playing a simul at a prison. Long live Jude Acers...outlaw from the U.S.C.F. or otherwise. (Can a second party confirm whether he is "banned"?)
Jun-26-05  Caissanist: Yes, he was banned for a time, but that was over twenty years ago. Acers must be in his mid fifties by now, and most masters his age have little interest in the terrific grind and meager financial rewards of rated tournaments. He seems to make a decent living as a kind of chess hustler, more power to him.
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  Joshka: Allright folks, thanks for the info......I've never read any account by Jude in his writings on the matter, he's probably embarrassed, if it's true. Still would be good to hear both sides of the story.
Jun-26-05  Dirk Diggler: this seems about the best chess site for gossiping, sifting through historical b.s., new news, etc...there must be a LOT of players who log on here to see what games are in the d.b. and what people think of them.

Why can't more of these people come in like Polgar, Keane, Schiller, etc...? Can't figure it out. Most strong players have a pretty big ego, you'd think they'd like to stop in once in awile and talk about their careers..

Jun-26-05  Dirk Diggler: As a kid reading chess life I would always look in the back of the magazine for products being sold, tournaments, etc...and there was ALWAYS this one little classified ad, stating that "Jude ACers takes on all comers daily at the ______cafe."

For years that ad was in the back of Chess Life, then it disappeared. Does he still play street chess? How high was this guy rated in his prime?

Jun-26-05  WMD: The bigger the egos the harder they fall. Keene and Schiller are different. They're pretty much oblivious to criticism and, believe it or not, there are even people here who admire their work.
Jun-26-05  Caissanist: Dirk: the restaurant is called the Gazebo. According to he's still there "regularly", which I assume means when he's not on tour.
Jun-26-05  Caissanist: As I recall, at his peak in the mid seventies his USCF rating was in the high 2300s. This was good enough to place him among the top 30 or 40 US players of the time, which arguably would make it equivalent to the low 2500s today.
Jun-26-05  Shrivel Up DEVO: < Caissanist >

Is that enough muscle to 'go on tour'? Should he be playing simuls?

Jun-27-05  Caissanist: Devo: well, he's certainly strong enough to smash 99% of all tournament players in a simul, including me. An evening spent at a Jude Acers simul seems to be a much more interesting and enjoyable experience than most simuls given by stronger players, to judge by the above comments. On the other hand, there's not much cachet in playing him, compared to playing a big name; if I were to beat him it wouldn't be something I could brag about too much. He seems to give a lot of simuls in schools, I would assume that he charges a lot less than the the top players.
Jun-30-05  whiskeyrebel: I just saw a Jude Acers factoid website that states he had a FIDE rating of 2554. I'm not sure how many games that's based on. I don't know about his USCF peak.
Jun-30-05  refutor: i can't find him listed at all on
Jul-01-05  Caissanist: Acers claims that *at his peak*, he was 2554 (and #43 in the world). I've never heard of him claiming that that was his most recent number.
Jul-06-05  whiskeyrebel: well, either way I sure remember him ripping through most of the 100+ field of simul players at the "Lloyd center" in Portland Oregon in the 70's. You should've been there Joshka.
Jul-06-05  GoldenKnight: <Joshka:> <Any folks with Jude stories please post!...thanks>

I remember Jude Acers as a young man, before he was known anywhere but in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was in the sixties. I remember one tournament, I believe in Berkeley, where I was sitting at a distance from where he was standing carrying on at length about some variation. He was holding the field with a few onlookers. (I think he may have been trying to help someone else with a game they had lost.) Anyway, one of the older players sitting in my proximity remarked as we were casually watching: "He thinks he's Alekhine." He was only a USCF Expert at the time and didn't make much of an impression otherwise. Back then William Addison (IM -- drew against Fischer in one U.S. Championship), Julio Kaplan (World Junior Champion), Frank Thornally (Bay Area Champion), David Blohm (California State Champion), John Blackstone (immortalized in Fischer's 60 Memorable Games), Eric Osbun, and Aki Kanamori (who later graduated from Cal Tech as the best student in ten years) were the big names in Bay Area Chess. I quit chess in 1969, and in the last few months I've sorta gotten back into it, and am amazed to find that Jude Acers is now considered an institution.

One more thing. Back then his name was pronounced as in the Beatles song, "Hey, Jude." About eight years ago I was carpooling with someone whose husband knew him, and I understand that he had changed the pronunciation to 'Judd' (but still spelled 'Jude').

<Caissanist:> <Acers must be in his mid fifties by now.>

Actually, I was a teenager when I knew him and he was at least in his early twenties then. I am 55 now, so he must be at least 60.

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  Joshka: <whiskeyrebel> <Goldenknight> Hey thanks guys for your input. Yea wished I had been interested in chess way back when...on the website Jude blogs about his Fischer tales from Bobby's cross country 64 simul. Even playing pool with Bobby! Dang there's gotta be at least one good movie that can be made about this long lost era in American chess. <Dirk Diggler> As to why we can't get more of the top names in chess to chat with us here? Why should they subject themselves to rude comments?
Jul-09-05  whiskeyrebel: Yeah're right. Whether the subject is chess or sports or music or basket weaving (!?) there are few publicly known figures who want to subject themselves to attacks from anonymous posters. I'm a run of the mill class "A" it's safe to post here. I routinely avoid posting at websites where I'm "known" for activities involving another hobby I'm more accomplished at. I suppose well known chess figures feel better posting at websites devoted to coin collecting, macrame or politics where they communicate on an even footing. I'm sorry to sound so negative...but I know I'm right. Yes, a few tactless morons ruin it for everybody everyday all over the net.
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  Calli: More pictures:

Hmm, a lot of comment for guy with three games. I'll submit one from my DB.

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  Joshka: Jude, wherever you are, hope "Caissa" is going to look favorably on the Big Easy. Hope Katrina's wrath spares Orleans a mate! Take care where ever you are! God Bless You and New orleans!
Aug-28-05  Speed Zamboni Driver: Joshka, looking through the site, the posts make to Susan P, Ray Keene and E Schiller seem very polite.

The weird stuff seems to be on other pages.

Aug-28-05  RookFile: Hope Jude is ok, big time hurricaine headed his way.
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