Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess Championship and Black Warrior Chess Challenge (4/25/2015)

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2015 FCA Schedule

  • Sunday Chess Class - Beginners and Novices: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Rotary Room at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. No class on April 26.
  • Wednesday Chess Class - Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Lessons for Novices, 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 Rotary Room. Class openings only available for intermediate to advanced players.

Summer Break: June 14 - July 5. No classes.

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
  • Saturday
    • 10:00 a.m.-Noon;  Bailey Tabernacle CME Church (Activities Building), 1117 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa. Adult chess play.

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Tuscaloosa Chess Tournaments Set For Saturday, April 25

February 15, 2015 - The annual Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess Championship and Black Warrior Chess Challenge will take place Saturday, April 25 at the First Presbyterian Church. The two tournaments will feature both rated play for chess tournament regulars and unrated play for casual chess enthusiasts. Click on the links above for tournament details. Register on site from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning at First Presbyterian Church on Greensboro Avenue.

FCA Kids win Another Alabama Team Championship!

March 17, 2015 - Eight Freedom Chess Academy players made the long trek to Mobile to compete in the 2015 Alabama State Scholastic Championship. Taking home the first place trophy in the Primary (k-3) section were

  1. Dustin Springfield, Jr.
  2. Ashton Springfield
  3. Ian Shen
  4. Sophia Guo
Defending champions Chess Kids Nation (the Goliath of Alabama Chess Clubs, based in Birmingham) tied FCA's score but FCA took first on tie-break rules.

FCA's Elementary Club team placed 3rd in a six-team competition for the state club championship this year; last year's elementary team tied for first in 2014.

Our players played solidly in the individual competition. Eddie Yang scored 4.0 / 5.0 to be part of a 6-way tie for second place in the under 600 rated section.

Former FCA student Arden Markin won his fourth consecutive state championship title. This year he repeated as a K-8 individual state co-champion. Younger brother Hudson Markin tied for 3rd place in the Elementary section.

Help Wanted

February 24, 2015 - Freedom Chess Academy is looking for volunteer, part-time chess instructors.

Are you a retired educator with an interest in learning chess while you teach beginners? Or a chess player who would like to share your knowledge and passion for the game?

Learn more.