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The following are open to the public:

  • Monday Vets:
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Veterans Administration Hospital - Activity Center (Building 137).
  • Monday Beginners & Novices:
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. except holidays. Tuscaloosa Public Library (2nd floor). Beginner and Novice classes for adults and children. Class closed; see story on right.
  • Wednesday Adults:
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    FOCUS on Senior Citizens. Lessons for adults.
  • Wednesday Chess Class
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
    Lessons for those who already know the chess basics; includes Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced players of all ages. Prerequisite: Know chess rules, basic checkmates, stalemate, and be able to play a game. Location: Tuscaloosa Public Library, 2nd floor. Class openings only available for intermediate to advanced players.
  • Saturday Beginners & Novices:
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tuscaloosa Public Library (2nd floor). Beginner and Novice classes for adults and children. Class closed; see story on right.

Informal Tuscaloosa Chess Play

If you have a Tuscaloosa Chess Club or are thinking about forming one, let us know and we will list your information here.

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Summer Classes

May 5, 2014 - Our Monday and Saturday chess classes are currently filled to capacity. We are no longer accepting new beginner or novice students, but will add names to a wait list. Contact Rose Marie Stutts ( to be wait listed, or phone 826-2160 for additional information.

There are still openings for intermediate and advanced students at our Wednesday afternoon class where walk-in are accepted.

Freedom Chess Academy Students Win 2 State Scholastic Championship Titles

March 18, 2014 - At the Alabama State Scholastic Team Championship in Montevallo, four FCA player team scored 3.5 out of four match points to tie for the Elementary Club Team Championship. The team consisted of Arden Markin (1st chair), James Yang (2nd chair), Tony Zhang (3rd chair), and Gabriel Feng.

In the individual championship Arden Markin, currently a 5th grade home schooled student who won the Elementary Championship last year, moved up to compete for in the K-8 section. He tied for first after the regulation 5 rounds and won the first place trophy with compelling back-to-back victories in a blitz playoff. This is Arden's third state championship trophy in as many years. In July Arden will represent Alabama at the prestigious Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions.

FCA's primary players also were competitive. Hudson Markin did especially well, raising his rating 132 points to 1004, making him the third highest rated player in the Alabama k-3 age group. With other talented young players in our novice classes, we are looking forward to a having a strong primary (K-3) team next year.