2015 FCA Schedule

Welcome back after summer break! Here's the schedule for our free chess lessons.

  • Sunday Chess Play & Workshop
    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    No class on 9/20 and 9/27. This session is for scholastic players to sharpen their skills through workshop exercises, or just play games. Location: Tuscaloosa Public Library, 2nd floor Rotary Room.  On 11/15 the Rotary Room is unavailable. There will be game play only in the library's second floor area.
  • Wednesday Chess Class - All experience levels
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Lessons for Beginners, Novices, Intermediate players of all ages. Sessions typically are half lessons, half game play. Please try to be on time. Location: Tuscaloosa Public Library, 2nd floor Rotary Room.

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; Lessons for beginners and novice players. 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 resumes August 22.

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Tournament Results

April 25, 2015 - Chess master Chao Zhang won the Black Warrior Chess Challenge with a perfect 4.0 score. Alabama's two state scholastic co-champions, Jonathan Rasberry and Vikhram Balagee took second and third respectively with 3.0 and 2.5 points. Jose Giron of Tuscaloosa took first place in the reserve section.

The Tuscaloosa Scholastic Chess Championship had good turnout from Birmingham and Jasper, but aside from Freedom Chess Academy students, there were surprisingly few students from Tuscaloosa's private and public school chess programs.

In the K-12 section Zachary Calen Stewart won with a perfect 5.0. Riley Smith and Nicholas Cockrell tied for second place. Sedani Nagodawithana took first place with 4.5 points in the K-6 section. Krishin Yerabolu, Jeffrey Cockrell, and FCA seven-year old Calvin Kim tied for second place. In K-3 Parker Liu won while Rishi Yellamraju and Michael Kennedy tied for second.

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.