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Jude Acers vs George Hulburd
"Hey Jude" (game of the day Sep-04-2005)
69th US Open (1968), Aspen, CO USA, rd 4, Aug-14
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0



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Sep-04-05  teme: First! Umm black was losing since move 10.
Sep-04-05  backyard pawn: Unless I'm mistaken, I think the "+" should be a "#" at the end, there. Black was so close, too. Nice finish for white.
Sep-04-05  teme: Yes it should but they dont do that here.
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  WannaBe: Yes, we do, just have to 'suggest your correction' towards the bottom.
Sep-04-05  halcyonteam: Classical 3-move pawn break-through, finishing it off by a Queen Check.

Awesome, Jude!

Sep-04-05  gadfly: Isn't 26.Bxf4 followed by 27.Ng5 a winning line for white as well? The position is quite complex but this is my gut feeling. Any comments are appreciated.
Sep-04-05  Gowe: What about 26.Ng5+?
The two possible options i see for black is Qxg5 27.Rxg5 fxe3 I think the result is Queen for three minor pieces, but it doesn't look so bad for black. The other is 26.Ng5+ Kg6 27.Ne6+ (winning the queen)
If someone could give a better analisis of Ng5 i would appreciate it.
Sep-04-05  Gowe: <Gadfly> i didn't see your comment but is similar to mine. Perhaps if Bxf4 then the queen could move away, but, still i think white has a great advantage. If someone could bring a machine to the analisis, it would be great.
Sep-04-05  RolandTesh: Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I knew both Jude Acers and George Hulburd. As some of you may know, Jude Acers settled in the French Quarter of New Orleans a couple of decades ago, earning his money at $5 per sidewalk game. Obviously he is not doing that anymore. I lost contact long ago. Does anyone know what Jude is doing now? Alive? Was he in N.O. during Katrina? George Hulburd was a pleasant, very quiet, very shy man.
Sep-04-05  ronpaz: how can white win if black plays 39. b6
Sep-04-05  bomb the bishop: 39...Bd3 makes me think black can take the knight and the f pawn. If black can somehow stop white's b pawn why couldn't black's passed pawns and double rooks take it?
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  redlance: I 1st played Jude in N.O. in 1981 at
his world chess table.
I last played him in 2001 or April 02
He told me he was working on a book.
He was still playing in N.O. up to
Katrina,I hope he got out.He was the best chess salesman ever!!!
Sep-04-05  RolandTesh: <redlance> Jude sure could talk it up couldn't he? :-) A nice guy, but my god what an ego. In the harmless sense.

While living in Dallas, I knew John Hall better, who was a good friend of Jude's. One week, around 1980, Jude came to Dallas to give one of those simuls he is famous for. John Hall asked if Jude could crash in my apartment. My pleasure.

For some reason, Jude wouldn't play chess with me, but we did analyze my win against Campos-Lopez (Mexican champion) in San Antonio. Jude's comments were assuring ("I thought you were just a patzer." :-) The next day, Jude took me apart during the simul.

Are you pretty sure he was likely in N.O. during Katrina? Jude never had much money, so there is a chance he did not evacuate. If not, then this Game of the Day might have added significance.

Does anyone know if he made it okay?

Sep-04-05  aw1988: Oh, this is a tribute to the hurricane? I was expecting a Morphy game, but thanks.
Sep-04-05  RolandTesh: <aw1988> No, did not post for this reason. I just thought it might be interesting to some that there is a coincidental significant relation to Katrina, and Jude Acers future.
Sep-04-05  gadfly: <Gowe> I think that Ng5 without the bishop taking on f4 will give black quite an equal game - certainly it can be drawn. If bishop on the other hand takes on f4, it creates a threat on h6. If black continues as in the actual game with 26.Ngxh6, the same series of exchanges(as in the actual game) can be performed and knight on h6 can be taken in addition by the bishop on f4, so it provides a better game. If queen runs away, then we have 27. Ng5 and because of the check the king will have to move on g6 and the pawn on h6 will have a free corridor to move towards the back rank and promote. If pawn takes the bishop on f4, then 27.Ng2 wins the queen and white will have eventually two pawns more than he would if he had played simply 26. Ng5 instead of 26.Bxf4. Of course my comments are not worth much without an engine to verify them, but I think they make some sense.
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  redlance: Just found out Jude is listed alive on
Gulf shore news,nothing other than that.
I hope one day to play him again. And just listen to him talk!!! HA!!! Hes a one man chess show!!!
For me a very inspiring man,helped turn my chess around ,I became a national master, because of him.
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  patzer2: Acres' demolition of pawn structure combination 21. Bxh7+! sets up a winning attack against the weakened castled position, which begain earlier (as indicated by <teme>). Instead of 23. h6!?, he could have won quicker with the possibility 23. gxf7! fxe3 24. Qg2! Qf8 25. h6 Ngf5 26. Qg7+ Nxg7 27. hxg7#.

However, Jude didn't "make it bad" as he had things well under control after 23. h6!?

I hope Jude Acres is doing well and will be able to reestablish his home as soon as possible after the devastation of hurricane Katrina.

Sep-04-05  RolandTesh: You can read a great article revealing just how eccentrically entertaining is Jude Acers, called "My Dinner with Jude Acers" -- by Casey Bush: (Look under 'articles')

Thanks, <redlance>, glad to hear Jude survived Katrina. I fear though that his World Chess Table might have seen its last days. A shame, because Jude was apparently just getting very active again.

Two excerpts from this article:

"For a man without material resources, self-confidence has gotten Jude a long ways but I couldn’t help but remind him in whose shadow he stands. “The best chess player ever?” He quickly corrected himself with a wink. “I mean in the modern era.”

(Jude considers Morphy to be the only player better than himself.)

More from article:

"Jude’s enthusiasm for the future is infectious. His hunger for the present is inspiring. What I liked most about Jude is how he has lived his life. He is a true pedestrian in a motorized world. He is a non-materialist who owns only what he needs. Michael Teague was not ready for the depths of Bohemia or a Louisiana address without air conditioning, when he was honored to be invited to visit Jude’s barracks. “… he threw open the door to his apartment, and the smell that poured out drove me back a step. It was a mixture of old clothes, coffee, and mildew. The entire apartment was about eight by four feet. There was a closet at one end, and at the other end a toilet and shower, where Acers washes his clothes. Newspaper clips featuring Acers – including one that described his relationship with roomie Janis Joplin – were randomly tacked to the walls. On the floor was a pile of towels and blankets that he used as a bed."

(Is Jude a little "touched"? He will be the first to admit it. So was Franz Shubert, Van Gogh, etc. Jude always looked good when outside, in that red beret. I think Jude only reached about 2400 Fide, but the force of his positive personality is the stuff of New Orleans legend. Perhaps he can make a comeback.)

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  kevin86: White forces his pawn through to bag a queen-spurning a rook along the way.
Feb-27-06  jimwaid: I was just in New Orleans on Sunday 2/26/6 and saw Jude right near Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville restaurant with his table setup, and still playing chess for $5 per game. He and my father, Carter Waid, were old chess buddies in college. It was a treat running into Jude. He's doing well, so stop by and play a game with him soon!
Feb-27-06  whiskeyrebel: that's great news...I'm glad he made it back home. Thanks for filling us in.
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  Penguincw: An interesting mating net.
Mar-19-13  minibikeguy: Wonderful end game attack by Jude! Hulburd must have been very dismayed.

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