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FCA Schedule

The following are FCA events 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 (note: the sign says 300 - Mortarboard Room).
  • Wednesday Chess Class - Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
    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.

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Other Chess In Tuscaloosa

Non-FCA chess events. Contact the organizations listed for details and confirmation of times as we don't always get notified of changes in times or contact information.

  • Sunday
    • 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Salvation Army, 1609 Univ. Blvd E
  • Monday
    • 10:00 a.m. - Noon; Adult chess play; VA Hospital - Activity Center (Building 137).
    • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Knight Wings Chess; Tuscaloosa Public Library
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00 a.m. - Noon;
      FOCUS on Senior Citizens. Lessons for adults.
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Salvation Army

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Chess Links

Brothers Sweep Top Prizes at Birmingham Tournament

November 17, 2014 - Dustin and Ashton Springfield took home the 1st and 2nd place trophies for the K-3 section of the Chess Kids Nation Thanksgiving Tournament. Dustin won all five of his games while younger brother Ashton won four, losing only to his brother. Ashton and Dustin have been students of Freedom Chess Academy for three years.

FCA to Compete in the Every Move Counts Invitational Tournament

November 13, 2014 - On Monday, November 17 - a Freedom Chess Academy team of  14 players will compete against teams from various Tuscaloosa City Schools at Bryant High School.

This is an annual event sponsored by the University of Alabama's Every Move Counts program in which university students enroll in a service learning course to teach chess in schools. The event is organized by the participating university students.

The tournament begins at 4:00 p.m. Students should report in to their chess coaches on site by 3:50 p.m.

Alabama State Chess Championship Results

October 2, 2014 - Freedom Chess Academy hosted the 2014 Alabama State Chess Championship at the Ferguson Center on the University of Alabama campus on September 26-28. The main event was accompanied by a one-day scholastic tournament for children K-12.

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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.