NO Chess Legend visits Birmingham, AL


New Orleans chess master Jude Acers visits Birmingham, National Chess Day
Posted on October 8, 2017 at 7:05 AM

By Michael Ciamarra

The chess party was on! Iconic New Orleans chess master Jude Acers' recent chess exhibition visit to Birmingham drew a capacity crowd where he came, he saw, and he conquered all! Well, almost.

After signing autographs on chess score sheets and chess boards, Acers delivered an impassioned, instructive lecture. He gave four tips on how to improve in chess. He regaled the audience with anecdotes of famous chess players he has known and their impact on American chess and Acers' life. Acers then reviewed a game played by two grandmasters that he considers one of the most famous teaching games of contemporary times.   

Acers let the players choose whether they played with the White or Black pieces against him. After that, Acers got down to business and played simultaneously 51 players. In addition, three of the players were from the Hoover Senior Center. ChessKidsNation hosted the almost six hour event.

A simultaneous exhibition is an opportunity for local players to match their skill against a famous chess master. The master contests a number of games at one time, each on a different board against a different opponent. 

Acers has made a career out of such simultaneous exhibitions. He once held the Guinness World Record for most games played simultaneously - 179 games - in 1976. Acers has played exhibitions in literally every state since the mid-1960s. He once held the legendary Bobby Fischer to a draw. Acers is a supremely gifted chess showman who popularized the game wherever he went on his national chess tours.     

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