The Man in the Red Beret

The brilliant Troubled Men Podcast features the ever-present chess master Jude Acers. Acers is best known for playing against all comers in a New Orleans downtown gazebo while wearing a red beret. A longtime resident of Louisiana, he claims to have been the first New Orleans native chess master of comparable strength since Paul Morphy.

Acers in the French Quarter in 2011

He is also known for being a great showman, touring the country giving simultaneous chess exhibitions. He was twice the world record holder of having played the most opponents in a simultaneous exhibition. First against 117 opponents (1974, Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon), then against 179 opponents (1976, Mid Island Plaza, Long Island, New York). The records were certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

This podcast is exactly what you’d expect of Jude,  if you have ever heard him hold the floor in a convo. Its as New Orleans as it gets baby.

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About DW

New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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