2015 FCA Schedule

We are on summer break now. Class resumes July 8.

  • 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.

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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Chess Links

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.

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.