2017 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. Beginners and experienced students welcome.

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  • Saturday
    • 10:00 a.m.-Noon;  Chess play for adults and experienced, mature scholastic players.  Bailey Tabernacle CME Church (Activities Building), 1117 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa.


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New Chess Classes Start Wednesday, August 9

Freedom Chess Academy launches a new season of chess classes on August 9 that continue weekly during the school year. Classes are held in the 2nd floor Rotary Room at the Tuscaloosa Public Library on Jack Warner Parkway from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Who Can Attend?

Classes are open to all. Most participants are kids from age 5 to 13. Parents and other adults are welcome and often join to learn and help out Coach Dietsch and Coach McGiffert.

What is the Cost?

Chess classes are free. Students who attend regularly may be rewarded with premium access to ChessKid.com or other advanced training material to supplement their chess study.

How Do I Sign Up?

Come to the class at 4:00 p.m. and register yourself or your child.

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