Chess champion to play exhibition matches at Imperial Centre


Jude Acers will play simultaneous games of chess on Oct. 8 at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.


Staff Writer

Friday, September 22, 2017

An international chess champion is set to take on all comers — at the same time — at the Imperial Centre next month.

Jude Acers, U.S. World chessmaster and former Eastern North Carolina resident, will show off the skills that put him in the record books by playing simultaneous games of chess at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.

Acers is in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for playing against 179 opponents simultaneously.

“Checkmate Rocky Mount” will take place Oct. 8 starting at 1 p.m.

Anyone wanting to test their skills against Acers is welcome to register and play. The only prerequisites are that players must know how to play, how to set up the board and how to record moves, said Sheila Long, recreation services supervisor at the Imperial Centre.

“We plan to have 100 players that day,” Long said. “This is something we have never had in Rocky Mount before, and I believe it will be fun for players and spectators alike.”

Known for wearing a red beret and entertaining on the streets of New Orleans, Acers’ love of chess and willingness to play anyone has taken him around the globe. On tour, he typically visits prisons and schools, delighting and inspiring adults and children who may never have thought chess was exciting.

Acers has authored books on chess and been the subject of documentaries, countless news stories and magazine articles.

The event — which is free and open to the public — is sponsored by First Carolina Bank and Hotline Express.

Rules for simultaneous play and registration are attached to the online version of this story at www.rockymounttelegram.com.

For more information about the event, call 252-972-1151. The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay St. in downtown Rocky Mount.