Alabama Quick and Blitz Championships

Scott Varagona is the 2015 Quick Chess Champion. He took clear first with 4.5 out of 5.0 points. In the Reserve section Om Badhe won all five of his games to lead that that group. Stephen Adams scored a perfect 5.0 to win the Albama State Blitz Blitz Chess Championship title.

Summer Antics Newsletter

June 22, 2015 - Editor's Note: As the floor TD of the 2015 Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championship's open section, I witnessed live one of the greatest chess escapes I've seen. It was the critical game between last year's champion, Stephen Adams, and Jonathan (Houdini) Rasberry. Check out the annotated game, and others, in the new Summer Antics. Antics Editor Scott Varagona has put together a fantastic issue.

Summer Chess Camps

June 10, 2015 - Both Caesar Chess and Chess Kids Nation are holding chess camps this summer.

Caesar Chess and Samford University 2015 Birmingham Chess Camp will be held at Samford University. June 29 to July 3. International Master Dave Ross and Alabama High School Chess Champion Jonathan Rasberry will be camp instructors. All skill levels welcomed. For more information: Caesar Lawrence (334) 868-0271 and CaesarChess@yahoo.com.

Chess Kids Nation Fourth Annual Summer Chess Camp will be held at ALOHA, 1837 Montgomery Highway, Hoover from July 6 to July 10. Chess Kids Nations coaches will be camp instructors. All skill levels welcomed. For more information: Balagee Govindan (205) 421-1523 and Contact@ChessKidsNation.com.

Featured Tournaments

July 25, 2015 - Montgomery, AL - The Alabama State Dual-rated Championships is the third in the series of state championships following the recent Quick and Blitz championships. The g/45 with a 10-second increment is a fun time control. The game time keeps overall game times relatively short, but the 10 second increment (i.e., ten seconds are added to the clock after every move) mitigates the risk of time pressure blunders in an endgame when a player is low on time. Game results are "dual-rated" because the affect both the quick and standard ratings of players. Flyer

July 11, 2015 - Dothan, Al - The Clarence Kalenian Classic will have four rounds of g/60 d5 games in three sections. Flyer

August 8, 2015 - Montgomery, Al - The 11th annual Chris Bond Memorial Chess Tournament will have three rated sections and on unrated. Each will have four g/60 d5 games. Flyer

September 4-6, 2015 - Birmingham, AL - Keep your Labor Day calendar clear for the year's biggest tournament: the Alabama State Chess Championship.

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USCF National K-6 Championships

May 11, 2015 - FIDE Master and ACF Treasurer Bradley Denton reports that almost 60 players from Alabama participated in the USCF National K-6 Championship which took place May 8-10. Fifteen individuals won overall trophies, 3 individuals won class trophies, and 4 teams won trophies, including 1st Place Team in the K-6 U1000 section. Details on the Scholastic Page.