Teachers Prepare for Alabama Chess in Schools Rollout

National Chess Coach Charles Smith explains the use of the chess clock.July 27, 2015 Forty-two teachers will introduce chess in the classroom this fall as part of the Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) pilot program. Each teacher completed a four-day ACIS training course in July.

The ACIS initiative is sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education based on a proposal by the Alabama Chess Federation and National Chess Education Consultant, Jerry Nash. Mr. Nash lead the training with assistance from the ACF community members like National Chess Coach Charles Smith, pictured on the right explaining the functions of a chess clock.

Alabama can take great pride in the progress of this unique collaboration. Our state is the first in the nation to organize a chess in schools initiative integrated with state educational standards and to do so at the state level. The ACIS team is proud of the progress to date and excited by the positive reception it has gotten from teachers, administrators, and the community at large.

Read more in the ACIS Blog.

Alabama Dual-Rated Championship

July 25, 2015 - The Alabama Dual-Rated Chess Championship in Montgomery had a record turnout of 39 players for this event. Stephen Adams, this year's Blitz Champion (3.5/4.0) is now the 2015 Dual-Rated Champion as well, edging out Quick Chess Champion Scott Varagona, Stephen Graveling, and Scholastic Champion Jonathan Rasberry who tied for second place.

Reserve Quick Chess Champion Om Badhe collected his second state championship trophy this year winning first place with 3.5/4.0 in the Under 1800 section. Wendall Whitaker and Aaron Decord tied for second with 3.0. In the Under 1200 section, Taylor Kent took first place. Esther Graveling, Randall Tew, and Isaac Barnett tied for second place.

Alabama Quick and Blitz Championships

June 29, 2015 - 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 Alabama State Blitz Chess Championship title. More

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.