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Jude Acers, New Orleans Chess Master
August 9, 2007 6:35 PM   Subscribe


 
Hey, Jude, don't make it bad. Take a Queen's Gambit and make it better.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:42 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


What is it about chess being co-morbid with eccentric bad-assedness?

Kasparov, Fischer and now Jude Acers.

I guess its time to stop listening to Murray Head.
posted by isopraxis at 6:50 PM on August 9, 2007


Queen him!
posted by Poolio at 6:55 PM on August 9, 2007


Chess, too? Man the sports world really is going to hell in a handbasket. ;>
posted by jonmc at 7:00 PM on August 9, 2007


A photo I took in February, 2007. Street chess is badass.
posted by The Deej at 7:01 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


A photo I took in February, 2007.

Does the sign in that pic say $3.00 Lesson Games? What a bargain!
posted by amyms at 7:04 PM on August 9, 2007


From some more recent information, it appears he is back in New Orleans (see bottom of thread).

Fantastic post, by the way. Jude Acers has never gotten the credit that some others did outside of the cult of real players. Also interesting was his crusade of playing in prisons and bringing the game to minorities and the less fortunate.

More Jude and the rebuilding of chess in Nola.
posted by rollbiz at 7:06 PM on August 9, 2007


Does the sign in that pic say $3.00 Lesson Games?

No... it says $5.00 Lesson Games.
posted by Poolio at 7:06 PM on August 9, 2007


Nooo!!!! $5!!!! What do you take him for? :)

Yes, he plays for $5. He didn't really cooperate for my photo, as you can tell. I tried to chat with him but he basically told me that if I wanted to know anything about him, to Google his name. So here we are.
posted by The Deej at 7:08 PM on August 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


And, ashamedly, I had no clue who he was when I happened upon him in New Orleans.
posted by The Deej at 7:10 PM on August 9, 2007


Good post The Deej. If you're interested, here is more information about Paul Morphy - mentioned in your first link.
posted by tellurian at 7:14 PM on August 9, 2007


If being dead gets you a period, does having been in prison get you one of these?

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posted by ZachsMind at 7:18 PM on August 9, 2007 [4 favorites]


If being dead gets you a period, does having been in prison get you one of these?

No... it gets you one of these.

8====D
posted by Poolio at 7:21 PM on August 9, 2007


Nice post about someone about whom I knew nothing, but should have.
Thanks.
posted by Floydd at 7:22 PM on August 9, 2007


No... it gets you one of these.

8====D


Hey, i get it - prison = rape = funny!!! You're totally right about rape (and prison rape in particular) being more hilarious than a lubed-up barrel of raping monkeys. Good show, my man. Good show.
posted by item at 7:26 PM on August 9, 2007 [15 favorites]


Good show, my man. Good show.

Thank you. I'll be here all week.

Try the veal and tip your bartender.
posted by Poolio at 7:28 PM on August 9, 2007


Fuck the veal, and if you'd really wanted to win over the masses with an ASCII rape joke, it should've been this: 8====D *
posted by item at 7:31 PM on August 9, 2007


Get off my dick, item.
posted by Poolio at 7:32 PM on August 9, 2007


Get off my item, dick.
posted by item at 7:39 PM on August 9, 2007 [8 favorites]


Get off my item, dick.

Well played, sir.
posted by Poolio at 7:41 PM on August 9, 2007


Real men play Go.
posted by delmoi at 7:45 PM on August 9, 2007 [3 favorites]


I offer my sincere apologies to anyone (rightly) offended by my poor attempt at humor.

*tips over king*
posted by Poolio at 7:53 PM on August 9, 2007


Does the sign in that pic say $3.00 Lesson Games?

No... it says $5.00 Lesson Games.


*squints* Still a bargain!
posted by amyms at 7:54 PM on August 9, 2007


*wonders why so many threads veer off into boys talking about their weiners*
posted by amyms at 7:59 PM on August 9, 2007 [4 favorites]


Yeah, if you taught inmates Go instead, I bet behavior would improve markedly.
posted by phrontist at 8:08 PM on August 9, 2007


Items, amyms, items.
posted by Malor at 8:09 PM on August 9, 2007


=(

Mine was funnier. And less gross.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:22 PM on August 9, 2007


*wonders why so many threads veer off into boys talking about their weiners*

Because girls don't have weiners.

posted by porpoise at 8:34 PM on August 9, 2007


Because girls don't have weiners.

Well, I have Oscar Mayer weiners in my fridge, but I don't go around obsessively talking about them.
posted by amyms at 8:47 PM on August 9, 2007


Well, I have Oscar Mayer weiners in my fridge, but I don't go around obsessively talking about them.

It's the ride of your life!
posted by Poolio at 8:50 PM on August 9, 2007


Well, I have Oscar Mayer weiners in my fridge, but I don't go around obsessively talking about them.

You're not as attached.
posted by jmd82 at 8:57 PM on August 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


He's a populist, anti-racist chess master, and that's way cool.

""The U.S. Championship has never had a black person or a woman in it," Jude claims. "Therefore, the U.S. Chess Federation is dead. They mean well, but the fact that in 50 years they have not included ... black people, women, Asians and so on, dooms them."

That red beret, though, he needs to rethink that.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:47 PM on August 9, 2007


No... it gets you one of these.

8====D


I thought prison got you one of these

< (_0_)>
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:54 PM on August 9, 2007


the deej, in hindsight, perhaps the prison gambit was an ill-advised opening. But I applaud the disposition of your board.
posted by mwhybark at 10:06 PM on August 9, 2007


You're not as attached.

Detachable Penis (Uncensored version)
posted by Poolio at 10:06 PM on August 9, 2007


That red beret, though, he needs to rethink that.

But he has a cool reason for wearing it: Jude explains it simply: “The beret is red. Red in traffic means stop, so people walk past my boards and stop to play.” (from the "My Dinner With Jude Acers" article)
posted by amyms at 10:20 PM on August 9, 2007


Googling "chess rape" brings up these results.

It's more common than you might think. But it is strange how, if "prison" is mentioned in a MetaFilter post, a comment about "rape" is never far behind. I blame Oz.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:16 PM on August 9, 2007


""The U.S. Championship has never had a black person or a woman in it," Jude claims.

This was true at the time the article at the final link was written, in 2001. It is no longer true, in either respect.

Real men play Go.

Your favorite board game sucks.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 12:54 AM on August 10, 2007


Yeah, if you taught inmates Go instead, I bet behavior would improve markedly.

That's absurd. Everyone knows Go players are serious badasses.
posted by delmoi at 5:48 AM on August 10, 2007


I have also gone to prison to play chess (disclaimer: I'm in the article) and highly recommend it. It is a little scary, but the inmates really appreciate outsiders coming in to play. So far, they've always let me out at the end of the day.
posted by MtDewd at 5:49 AM on August 10, 2007


amyms: they're actually talking about other people's weiners.

Which should answer your question.
posted by Leon at 7:41 AM on August 10, 2007


But it is strange how, if "prison" is mentioned in a MetaFilter post, a comment about "rape" is never far behind. I blame Oz.

I blame the U.S. prison system.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:22 AM on August 10, 2007


I blame Oz.

Don't. The meme goes back long before that.
posted by quin at 10:05 AM on August 10, 2007


The U.S. Championship has never had a black person or a woman in it

Not to derail too much, but speaking of that can anyone explain why there is a separate women's championship for chess? It seems strange for such a purely mental activity.
posted by whir at 5:54 PM on August 10, 2007


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