Alabama State Chess Championship: September 26-28 (Two-day option: 9/27-9/28)

Alabama State Scholastic Tournament: Saturday, September 27

Click here for info and registration!


The following are open to the public:

  • Sunday Chess Class - Beginners and Novices: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the University of Alabama's Ferguson Center - Room 3107.
  • Monday Adult Chess Play:
    10:00 a.m. - Noon
    Veterans Administration Hospital - Activity Center (Building 137).
  • Monday Chess Class - 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.
  • 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.

Daily Chess Problem


Chess Links

Play in the Big One!

July 29, 2014 - Freedom Chess Academy will host the 2014 Alabama State Chess Championship at the Ferguson Center on the University of Alabama campus on September 26-28 (a bye-week for Crimson Tide football). This is the state's premier chess tournament. It attracts the state's top players as well as many out-of-of state players to compete for cash prizes and the prestige of being the state champion. Tournament Details

Children in grades k-12 will be able to compete in a one-day Alabama State Scholastic Tournament to be held on Saturday, September 27. This event is scheduled to attract players from Huntsville, Birmingham, Jasper, and other areas fo the state. Flyer

Click here to register for either event.

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.