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Tuscaloosa Hosts Two Tournaments April 12
Freedom Chess Academy is organizing two chess tournaments on Saturday, April 12: one for students and the other for adults.
The third annual Tuscaloosa Scholastic Championship takes place in downtown Tuscaloosa at First Presbyterian Church. There will be rated and non-rated sections for grades K-3, K-6, and K-12. The sections rated by the US Chess Federation are expected to draw not only Tuscaloosa’s best young chess players, but students from Birmingham and other schools in the area. In addition to individual competition, recognition will be given to the top performing schools and chess clubs. The first-place finishers of the three rated sections will take home trophies as the Tuscaloosa Chess Champions for 2014. 2nd and 3rd place finishers will also receive trophies.
The tournament's three non-rated sections are intended for less experienced scholastic players and have lower fees. A first place trophy will be awarded in these K-3, K-6, and K-12 sections.
The Black Warrior Chess Challenge has cash prizes and is open to adults as well as highly rated students who choose not to compete in the scholastic championship. It includes two rated sections and one non-rated section.
Both tournaments will be held at First Presbyterian Church. Players should be on site by 9:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Click here to learn more and register online for the tournaments.On-site registration is available from 8:00 -8:30 a.m. the day of the tournament.
Local Chess Club Formation Being Considered
March 9, 2014 - Based on the minimal response we received to emails and a feature about forming a local chess club, we will not be forming an adult chess club at this time. The few players who did respond had conflicting dates and times the could play, so we don't seem to have the critical mass necessary to sustain a club. If you are interested, do note that adults are opportunities to play at FOCUS, the VA Hospital, and the University, as noted in our schedule on the left.
FCA Teams Prepare For State Championships
On the weekend of March 15-16, approximately 200 scholastic players will gather at the University of Montevallo (south of Birmingham) for the Alabama's largest scholastic chess event. Students will play about 1000 games of chess to determine the individual and team champions of Alabama. Players from Freedom Chess Academy will compete for individual and team honors.
The individual competition takes place on Saturday, March 15
Freedom Chess Academy is hoping to send two four-person teams to Sunday's Team Championship. One team would compete in the Primary section (k-3) and one in the Elementary Section (grades 4-6). Transporation and any lodging will be the responsibility of parents. Freedom Chess Academy will pay the team entrance fee.