The Italian Gambit (and) A Guiding Repertoire For White - E4!
by Jude Acers and George Laven
344 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); catalogue #02-0417; ISBN 1-55369-604-2
Introducing a new book, bound in two volumes, not only containing an astonishing new "pure gambit" named the Miami Variation, but a very delightful, interesting and insightful adventure through a unique perspective of historical chess.
About the Book
New ideas, technical novelties an more on the age old Italian game with
4,d4!, allowing the sharp and forcing "Italian Gambit" to emerge. This move,
a surprising one to many, transforms the classic "Giouco Piano" or literally
the quiet game into anything but its revered and somewhat sedate namesake.
Black's third move, 3...Bc5 seems "safe" and allows the second player
plenty of time to develop (quietly) for positional play. This will occur on
White playing almost any reasonable move, except for the center assaulting
initiative gaining 4.d4!...being the main focus of this endeavor.
4.d4! is clearly a forcing move, Black must react! Whatever unfolds from this point, White will have central control, lead in development, the initiative and it is White not Black who will get the first emerging opportunitites.
Accurate play by Black is necessary to hold and neutralize the initial
gains of opposition, and it will be difficult to demonstrate anything better
than equality, or that White cannot claim real compensation for the gambit
This Book involves no less than three (3) years of study, Master
analysis; including complete computer verification of all important
This masterful work is short, yet concise and to the point, guiding the
1.e4 player in handling and management of all of Black's classing opening
1. Nf6 - Alekhine's
These lines have been studied and developed over many years by the
venerable Chess Master and teacher Jude Acers, they are the essential and
recommended lines for all play that commences 1.e4, but are especially
effective for the new "limited" time controls in present and future
All levels, whether they be the first or second side of the board will
discover fresh arsenals for both attack and defense. As White, once you
embrace (and you will) these "to the point" openings, this book will take
you via clear reference to the sources of future study. As Black, you must
be prepared. The reader will not be overwhelmed by masses of theory or
endless analytical variations, but shall discover how and where to find such
- A clear opening guide for the newer player
Author: Jude Acers
For more information please visit www.italiangambit.com
"There is brand new theory and some re-discoveries of old forgtten
games and ideas...This is a very rich book."
"The Miami Variation (1. e4 e52.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d4 Bxd4 5. Nxd4
Nxd4 6. Be3[6.0-0 Nf6 could transpose to Koltanowski's line]) was the
brainchild of amateur George Laven."
Review by FIDE Master Allan Savage,
FOREWORD by NM Randy Bauer
To read Jeremy Silman's review of this book please visit www.jeremysilman.com
About the Author
Chess Master Jude Acers, author of "A Guiding Repertoire for
White-e4!" and co-author, analyst and main annotator for the "Italian
Gambit" can be found as he has for the last quarter of a century, at his
World Chesstable ("Gazebo" sidewalk terrace), 1018 Decatur Street (the
French Quarter) in New Orleans.
Millions of motorists and passersby have seen the "man in the red beret"
play ALL challengers daily-giving Chess lessons to all levels of players,
analyzing your favorite fames and ever promoting the King of Games.
"Fabulously lucky-Always in the right place at the right time" - Acers
This World famous New Orleans Chess Master has the unique distinction, in
his long and venerable career, of being the only match player to face both
Bobby Fischer (Baton Rouge, 1964) and Walter Browne, six time U.S. Champion
(Baton Rouge 1967 and Berkeley 1970)
He was published World Record holder in the Guniness Book of World Records--having played 117 opponents simultaneously play (Mid Isle Plaza [Broadway Plaza] Long Island, New York) on July 2-3, 1976.
Featured in the London Times, Associated Press, Oxford American Magazine, the New York Times and others, along with more than a thousand Chess appearances in 46 States, Jude's Elo during his competitive days of World Class tournament play-2554-this "rating by the World chess Federation (FIDE) Winner of the Stamer Memorial, San Francisco, the winner take all, Paul Morphy Memorial, FIDE Match Challenge Cup, New Orleans.
Acers' career highlight (and most memorable game was his drawn match with
six time U.S. Champion Grandmaster Waler Browne (Berkeley in 1970). A first
round win by Acers was selected by a panel of six Grandmasters published in
the World class Chess publication "Chess Informant" (Informator/Belgrade),
garnering a "Top Ten" theory game award for that year. "It changed my
life forever" - Acers.
By his own account -- Riding the Bobby Fischer chess craze years of 1970-1978 like the Lone Ranger riding Silver. It was during these wonder years that Jude met the great Chelan, Washington Chess promoter, Russell Miller.
The rest was Chess history. Known worldwide for his promotional work at commercial malls, colleges, and prison chess exhibitions (more than 100 appearances in all), Acers developed a rapid fire 10 minute lecture nown as the Four Must-do Chess Tips plus introducing chess fans to two "classic" must-read Chess books. Then down to business, giving a 20-40 opponent "simultaneous" exhibitions in 46 States, 5 countries.
Can you imagine playing this type of chess at the Alaska State Fair, Lenox Mall in Atlanta, G.A., and the Broadway Plaza in New York - all in One week! Five National T.V. appearances including an eight (8) board simultaneous "Blindfold" exhibition on July 21, 1981 - seen by millions on "P.M. Magazine".
The program won a National Media award for the top rated T.V. Newsman Eric Paulsen (WWL Channel 4), and brought worldwide attention to David Compton, an imaginative Chess promoter who made the moves as Acers called them out.
Recently, New Orleans media cameraman Steve Alfortisch (Channel 8 "Fox") won national honors for his February. 2001 coverage of Acers' Louisiana-Angola state Prison appearance.
You can find Jude's very selective book reviews at the latest commentary
on World Class chess tournament play, and more at
George S. Laven, co-author of "the Italian Gambit", is
simply an amateur Chess player, who is also a TRUE enthusiast; more a
student of the game than a player, finding great pleasure in ever changing
theoretical mysteries this "King of Games" can render.
A latecomer to the game, learning the formal aspects, rules, terminology
and more at the age of 47. This, a lucky result of his childrens'
association with their school Chess Club, having been introduced to the
"Chess Expert" instructor - a near Master of Elo, 2172 (USCF) at that time.
An eye-opening look into the REAL world of Chess began. Having never
played the game as a child, and only occasionally around the Cafes of New
Orleans in the 70's Laven discovered a driving interest through his lessons
with the strong tournament player Robert Snow. As time went on he developed
into a serious student following the well-known adage, "study is the soul
Laven did not become a tournament player, keeping to the more sedate
forms of friendly games; cafe Chess, Internet and neighborhood contests, but
always involved with the academics this game leads one to.
This style and system seemed to work and lead to good results. In time 4.
d4! emerged. Two important aspects of this move (and gambit) came to light.
First, although this was not a new move, it was little played.
For a short period of time he took lessons from International Master Blas
Lugo at the Miami Chess Academy in the "Little Havana" area off Calle Ocho.
Here, Chess Master Lugo explained this approach for certain King pawn
openings was good and including 4. d4. An encouragement that eventually
fueled an entire theoretical study.
After about two years of "Italian Gambit" (unnamed at the time) research,
i.e. both over the board and using serious computer analysis to help find "
his own" variations, Laven, the amateur decided it was high time to
seek the help and guidance of another true Chess Master, Jude Acers.
He knew he would now absolutely need this kind of assistance from a real
Jude Acers was contacted and sent samples of the study, plainly
asking if any of this had merit, explaining this all evolved simply because
of the usual sources were coming up short.
Captain Laven is professional mariner, having sailed as ship's officer
and Ship Master for many years. He is now a Harbor Pilot for the bustling
commercial Port of Miami.
Many of you are familiar with the Evans' Gambit. A new infusion of
interest emerged for the nearly ancient Italian Game when it was introduced
in the 1800's. Did you also know that Captain Evans, the origin of the
gambit's namesake was also a professional Ship Master and serious amateur?
Amateur enthusiasts can make a difference. With Evans' 4.b4 in the
Italian Game came some of the most interesting play of that age. A pure
"new" gambit with exciting, yet to be discovered variations.
The Italian Gambit with 4. d4! is no new invention, however, as a result
of this (still ongoing) three year plus theoretical study, the reader will
find that many (certainly not all) of the moves that follow black's response
to this forcing play ARE new and ALL whether new or old can lead to winning
lines, especially for the unwary or unprepared.