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Jude Acers
J Acers 
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 1960 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2229
Highest rating achieved in database: 2241
Overall record: +17 -13 =6 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-06-1944, 79 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 1968, he won the Louisiana State Championship. 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: 2022-09-15 00:11:40

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Acers vs J West 1-0181960New Orleans CC - Baton Rouge CC mC57 Two Knights
2. J Acers vs C Hoey 0-1341964Intercollegiate ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Browne vs J Acers  1-0491967MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
4. J Acers vs Browne  ½-½241967MatchB32 Sicilian
5. J Acers vs Browne  0-1191967MatchB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. Browne vs J Acers  1-0631967MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
7. J Acers vs G Simms  1-035196869th US OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Larsen vs J Acers 1-060196869th US OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
9. J Acers vs G Hulburd 1-046196869th US OpenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. J Acers vs R Klein 0-133196869th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. J Acers vs T Jenkins 1-024196869th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. J Acers vs W N Bragg 1-043196869th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
13. A Spiller vs J Acers 0-127196869th US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A Saidy vs J Acers  1-041196869th US OpenD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. J Acers vs M Wilkerson  1-055196869th US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. Leo Moon vs J Acers 0-1271969Denver opD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. J Acers vs C Jones 1-0231970Training MatchB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. J Acers vs K Lawless  1-0401970San Francisco,Mechanics Institute,Training gameC27 Vienna Game
19. J Acers vs R Hough 1-0211970CCCA RegionalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. Browne vs J Acers ½-½511970National OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. R Wendling vs J Acers  1-0291970Utah OpenB32 Sicilian
22. Browne vs J Acers 0-1421971Training MatchC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
23. J Acers vs Parsons 1-0101980USAB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. M Papa vs J Acers  1-0401983CasualA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. J Acers vs L Gutman  ½-½602009Wch Seniors 19thA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Nov-12-14  PhilFeeley: He played in the 2013 edition:

Feb-05-16  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).
Dec-17-16  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?


Mar-30-17  nolachess: Hey y'all! We are in the process of making a documentary about Jude Acers. We, too, are trying get to the bottom of why the USCF froze his ratings. We are also trying to find people who knew Jude in the 1970s during "The Road" days. Even in you DONT know him PLEASE email me at if you have any stories or thoughts on Jude. Also, If any of you know someone who may be interested in speaking with us, please let them know about our project. If you search for "The Man in the Red Beret" on google you will see videos of our progress. We also run Jude's instagram account "themanintheredberet" Thank you! Here are a few links to some footage from the FIDE tournament in Croatia in 2013...

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Jun-19-17  redlance: nolachess,sorry did not see your post till now. I had the pleasure to have Jude come and do two simuls with my chess team and at a Children's Home. He and I also took on the school chess
team playing a blindfold match where Jude and I sat in another room without sight of the board making alternating moves against the team. This was in Desoto County MS south of Memphis TN. His visit made the Memphis paper.We won the blindfold game but it was because of him!!! I am a NM but this is not my strong point.He played 50 kids ,won 49.2010
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  Joshka: <nolachess> Did the movie about Jude ever get completed??
Feb-15-18  Caissanist: I am reposting the following from in case someone here knows something (or somebody):

<As you probably know, we have been making a documentary about Jude Acers these past 5 years or so. One item we have had some difficulty nailing down is archival news footage featuring Jude. We do have some excellent footage of Jude in the 1960s playing chess at the Wagner family home in Baton Rouge (thanks to Larry Wagner), and we have also located Associated Press footage from 1972 (see still above). In the early 1980s Jude appeared nationally on PM Magazine, and we would love to get our hands on that footage (do you have an in with Eric Paulsen at WWL? He did the PM Mag piece). Anybody with a lead on this kind of archival footage, please leave a comment below and I’ll follow up with you.>

I remember the PM Magazine piece, it was quite entertaining, hopefully somebody somewhere has an old tape lying around.

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  Joshka: Well it's been 5 years the man is not getting any younger. It's amazing like you said, that not much footage is around showing him play, he's been playing outside there for years!!! He's held numerous exhibitions!!....see, this is the problem with matter how much you are in the public view, you are still a NOBODY!! What a shame.
Feb-16-18  morfishine: Based on his bio, seems like he should have more games on file
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  Joshka: <morfishine> He had a run in with the USCF I believe way back in the 70's.......think he's persona non grata, but I'd sure like to hear HIS side of the story in a movie/bio......i do not believe he plead his story is just very interesting for folks like me who really love the personalities of these chess greats!! I mean 1.New Orleans 2. Chess bad boy 3. Broke away from the USCF 4. Knew Fischer 5. Chess hustler ( a movie just on that element!!LOL) 6. Makes his living playing folks on a public street. All the elements a creative writer could put together a screenplay. Now add a little sex/Commie involvement/ and there ya go!:-) PS maybe a Morphy twist from years ago?
Feb-16-18  morfishine: Thanks <Joshka> nice post!
Feb-16-18  morfishine: And to think, that miserable miscreant, Claude Bloodgood Claude Frizzel Bloodgood actually has more games in the database than Acers

Thats criminal, no pun intended


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  Joshka: Great video with Jude!!

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  perfidious: <morf>, one might say that, yes.
Nov-15-19  Caissanist: I don't think relations between Jude and the USCF were <that> bad. He was suspended for a while in the mid seventies becase the federation thought some of his results were fake, but he was later readmitted. He didn't play in many tournaments after that, but I recall that Larry Evans printed one or two of his games in his column in the eighties, which presumably wouldn't have happened if he really was <persona non grata>.
Aug-13-20  BananaStrings: In 2009 I went on a road trip from CA and made it a point to go see 'The Man in the Red Beret.'

I spent $15 for 2 losses and a draw (his sign read "$5 a lesson") against Mr. Acers on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.

He had a table set up on the sidewalk, sort of near a cafe, but he said that the cafe sort of asked him to leave to make space for customers as he was drawing too many players who were cheapskates and not buying anything.

The whole time we were playing he kept talking about the chess history of New Orleans, and which chess books he thought I should read. Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual was the only one I recall him mentioning.

After the games he took me on a tour where Morphy lived, played, and died throughout the French Quarter.

I don't know if he's still hanging out down there, but I doubt he still is. When we played he had some obvious health issues. He nonetheless was full of energy and treated me as an equal--two lovers of the game enjoying chess and its history.

Apr-06-21  login:

Link including a reprint of the article (pp. 31-34) mentioned by User: RolandTesh

J Acers vs G Hulburd, 1968 (kibitz #20)

'My Dinner with Jude Acers'

by Casey Bush, Northwest Chess

Roland (Rollie) Leslie Tesh Jr. (1958-2019)

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