2018 FCA Schedule

Free chess classes for every Wednesday in the Rotary Room (2nd floor) of the Tuscaloosa Public Library on Jack Warner Parkway.Classes cancelled for October 3, 10. Resumes 10/17/2018.

Time: 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Chess novices and experienced students welcome. We are not able to take on beginners at this time, but expect to start a new beginners class in January.

Prerequisites for Novices: understand chess rules for how the pieces move and concepts of check and checkmate.

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.

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2018 Fall Season Classes Begin August 22

Freedom Chess Academy launches its fall chess classes on August 22, 2018. Classes are held each Wednesday from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Alabama Chess Federation President Neil Dietsch and Coach Steve McGiffert provide training and play opportunities for children of all levels from beginner to advanced.

A new Beginners class starts August 22. Minimum age: 5 and able to read alphabetic characters and numeric digits. Parents are encouraged to participate.

For more information call: Neil Dietsch (888) 400-7182 Ext. 1 or email freedomchess@gmail.com

Tuscaloosa Schools Employ Chess with an Educational Focus

August 12, 2018 - Through the Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) initiative, teachers in Tuscaloosa City and County school systems are bringing chess into the classroom.

ACIS is an innovative partnership of the Alabama State Department of Education and Chess in Schools LLC, a subsidiary of the Alabama Chess Federation.

ACIS is believed to be the only chess program in the US sponsored by a state department of education. The program in unique in that it is teacher-driven. Teachers do more than simply teach the game, the use chess as a tool in the teaching of the educational standards such as math and English Language Arts that are their core responsibility. ACIS teachers and administrators report that it helps them connect with students as they engage in an activity that is both fun and challenging. The learning skills that kids must employ to play chess well spill over to other aspects of classroom learning. Teachers report, and tests show, significant improvements in attention and critical thinking.

Tuscaloosa City Schools uses chess in the classroom at Martin Luther King Elementary, Verner Elementary, Woodland Forrest Elementary, and Eastwood Middle School.

Other city schools participate in the University of Alabama's Every Move Counts program which employs teams of University of Alabama student to teach chess at selected schools

Tuscaloosa County Schools has ACIS programs in place at Lakeview Elementary and Brookwood Middle School.