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September 26-28 - Tuscaloosa will host this year's Alabama State Chess Championship featuring $2,600 in guaranteed cash prizes. With the Crimson Tide football team taking a bye this weekend, chess takes center stage on the University of Alabama campus at the lovely and spacious Ferguson Center. The main event starts Friday evening. Two and three-day options are available. Click here for more info as well as easy online registration and payment!.

Other Featured Tournaments

September 13, 2014 - Montgomery, AL - Tournament organizer/director Doug Strout is drawing increasing numbers of players to his tournaments as he experiments with innovations such as incremental time control. Check out the Evangel Hexagonal flyer for his latest novelty.

September 27, 2014 - Tuscaloosa, AL - The Alabama State Scholastic Tournament will be held in the Ferguson Center on the University of Alabama campus a few rooms away from where the state championship is being held. The tournament features two rated sections and one non-rated section. We are expecting a great turnout from across the state. Parents will enjoy the spacious facility and convenience of on-site dining options. There's no UA football this weekend, so traffic and parking will not be a problem. Flyer

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Chess Classes

As the new school year begins, chess classes are being offered by several ACF affiliates. To find chess classes offered in your area click on Local Chess Organizations / ACF Affiliates.

Alabama Dual-Rated Championships

July 26, 2014 - Montgomery - Scott Varagona, renewed his 2013 title as Alabama's Dual-rated Champion with a score of 3.5/4.0, ahead of a group of players tied for second with 2.5 that included Rex Blalock, Stephen James Graveling, Jonathan Rasberry, and Kevin Wang. In the Under 1800 section William Sherrill, Jayashree Sekar, and Jerome Flowers tied for first with 3.0/4.0. Joseph Jacob Hayes won the U1200 section.

The tournament featured an innovation in Alabama chess championship tournaments: incremental time control. Incremental time control, the standard used in FIDE international play, differs from "delay" time control which is most common in the US. For example, under 5-second delay time control, a chess clock delays 5-seconds before a move before starting to decrement a player time. In these dual-rated matches, games were played with a base time allowance of 45 minutes per player with a 10 second increment added after each move.