2018 FCA Schedule

Attend our free chess classes every Wednesday in the Rotary Room (2nd floor) of the Tuscaloosa Public Library on Jack Warner Parkway.

Time: 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Experienced students welcome. A new beginners class starts January 10.

Other Chess In Tuscaloosa

  • Saturday
    • 10:00 a.m.-Noon;  Chess play for adults and experienced, mature scholastic players.  Bailey Tabernacle CME Church (Activities Building east of the sanctuary), 1117 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa. *** No Chess 4/28/2018 ***


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Every Move Counts Scholastic Tournament: November 13, 2017

FCA students are preparing now for the annual Every Move Counts scholastic chess tournament sponsored by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama. The tournament is expected to include teams from schools that take part in Every Move Counts and Freedom Chess Academy. Also invited are other Tuscaloosa City and County schools who are a part of the Alabama Chess in Schools Initiative, a joint venture of the Alabama Chess Federation and the Alabama State Department of Education.

FCA Alumni Arden Markin Achieves National Master Title

July 12, 2017 - In 2007 the parents of five-year old Arden Markin brought their son to Freedom Chess Academy's class at the Tuscaloosa Public Library to learn chess. At the age of 10 he was beginning to regularly beat his instructors. This summer Arden, a Tuscaloosa home-schooled student about to enter the 9th grade, earned the title of National Master. To become National Master a chess player must achieve a 2200 rating in tournament play. He is one of only 8 active players in the state to hold this title and is the only Alabama scholastic player in the past decade to achieve this rank.

From 2012 to 2016 Arden was a state champion or co-champion in his age group each year. He intends to continue competing and would like to become an international master.

Freedom Chess Academy is proud of its role in Arden's early training and continues to cheer his achievements. Pictures & More