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The following are open to the public:

  • Monday Vets:
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Veterans Administration Hospital - Activity Center (Building 137).
  • Monday Beginners & Novices:
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Tuscaloosa Public Library (2nd floor). Beginner and Novice classes for adults and children. No class on April 21 due to library closure.
  • 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. Location: Tuscaloosa Public Library, second floor.
  • Saturday Beginners & Novices:
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tuscaloosa Public Library (2nd floor). Beginner and Novice classes for adults and children. No class on April 12 due to the Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess Championship


Informal Tuscaloosa Chess Play

  • Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. The University of Alabama Chess Club meets in the Ferguson Center for games. Chess-playing guests welcome.
  • Coming soon: Saturday Chess at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. This is casual play intended for experienced adult chess players. Mature (i.e. quiet and non-disruptive) young players with experience are also welcome. Check back soon for times.

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Tuscaloosa Tournament Results

April 12, 2014 - The Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess Championship and the Black Warrior Chess Challenge provided exciting competition for Birmingham and Tuscaloosa chess players. Click here for tournament results and pictures of some of the winners.
More tournament coverage

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.

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.