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


Volume I


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 pawn.

This Book involves no less than three (3) years of study, Master analysis; including complete computer verification of all important variations.

Volume II


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 responses.

1. Nf6 - Alekhine's
1. e6 - French
1. d6 - Pirc
1. d5 - Scandinavian
1. c6 - Caro Kann
1. c5 - Sicilian
1. Nc6 - Nimzowitsch

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 tournament play.

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 material.

- A clear opening guide for the newer player
- A no nonsense opening system for the more advanced player
- New concepts for the Upper Echelon of chess to meet the coming evolution of "Knockout" and "less time" in serious tournament play.
- STAY ON TOP, become a world super star in the global phenomena of mass appeal.

Author: Jude Acers

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"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,
SQUARES Magazine (Fall issue, 2003)

FOREWORD by NM Randy Bauer

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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 of Chess".

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.
As with all serious enthusiasts he began to develop a favorite Repertoire for the "opening", and in time had a fairly consistent style for this initial part of the game. It was during this time that he found a preference for gambit play in certain "double King pawn" starts.

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.
Second, it was not easy to find comprehensive studies on the variations that follow. Solid, easy to follow monographs seemed non-existent while ECO, MCO, NCO and the like helped to some extent, but were surprisingly lacking.

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 "pro".

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.
As they say, the rest is history.

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.