Every Move Counts Invitational Tournament Set for Monday, November 17 3:30 p.m. at Bryant High

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. Starting 11/5/2014.
    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.

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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An Open Letter to Parents and Friends of FCA

October 20 Update: Manoj Sunny has joined Freedom Chess Academy and will be teaching the novice section of our Sunday class. Manoj is an experienced chess instructor and a UA freshman participating in the Every Move Counts program which teaches chess in city schools.

October 14, 2014 - We would like to make you aware of the recent change in FCA.

Dr. Stutts has resigned her role as chess instructor and board member of FCA. FCA respects her decision and greatly appreciates her tremendous efforts and dedication to FCA in the past 14 years.

FCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Ying Qin has joined the Freedom Chess Academy Board of Directors. She is taking on the office of FCA Secretary. She joins Denise Hills (VP), Junsheng Guo (Treasurer), and Neil Dietsch (President) as members of FCA;s governing group. Pat Alford rejoins FCA as a volunteer chess instructor.

Dr. Stutts departure requires FCA to make several short-term adjustments. For now we will reduce class meeting times from three classes per week to two. Chess instructors Neil Dietsch and Pat Alford will teach the Sunday class with assistance from parents.

These classes continue to be offered:

  • Lessons for Beginners and Novices: Sundays from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in Room 3107 (alias: 300-Morterboard Room) at the Ferguson Center on the UA campus.
  • Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Lessons: Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. Due to room availability issues there will be chess play only (no lessons) on October 15 and 22. Class is cancelled October 29. Classes resume November 5.

We are very appreciative of the response of parents. Several have volunteered to pitch in and help with teaching duties while we search for a new lead chess instructor for beginner and novice students. If there are others among you who would consider teaching chess part-time to beginners and novices, particularly on Wednesdays, please contact Ying Qin (qinying317@gmail.com). Neil Dietsch will offer parent chess training for volunteers during the next two Wednesday classes (10/15 and 10/22) from 4:30 to 5:30 on the 2nd floor of the Tuscaloosa Public Library. If you wish to attend either or both of these classes, please notify Ying Qin or Neil Dietsch.

Along with the inconvenience of change, there comes the opportunity for positive improvement. It is a time when FCA can re-examine its goals and vision of the future. With feedback from parents, the new Board of Directors affirms the following as part of FCA's strategic vision going forward:

  1. FCA will retain as its primary focus the providing of chess training to children as a means to enhance their cognitive development. We will strive to do this as effectively as we can with the resources we have. Tournaments and adult training are valuable, but secondary, adjuncts to FCA's work. We hope to continue these but our core training takes priority.
  2. We intend to continue to offer our chess lessons for free
  3. FCA will search for a lead instructor to replace Dr. Stutts.
  4. FCA will bring additional structure and consistency to our training.
  5. FCA will increase emphasis on supplemental internet training tools.

Thank you for your continued attendance, your help, and your understanding during this period of transition.

Neil Dietsch, President

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.