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Featured Tournaments

February 7-8, 2015 - Montgomery, AL- The 43rd annual Queen of Hearts has long been one of the major Alabama tournaments. It features three rated sections and a scholastic non-rated section. Click here for the tournament flyer.

February 21, 2015 - Madison, AL - The North Alabama Team Scholastic features 4-board school teams. It should be a great regional precursor to the state team championship. Flyer

March 14-15, 2015 - Mobile, AL - The Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championships will be held at the Alabama School of Mathematics & Science. The individual championships are on Saturday; the team championships are on Sunday. Coaches, start planning now to bring your chess team to compete for state honors. Flyer

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Alabama Chess in Schools Initiative

School Districts Recommended for Year 1 Pilot Named

(revised January 23, 2015 to include updates regarding Tier 2 schools)- The evaluation team for the Alabama Chess in Schools Initiative has submitted its recommendation to the State Department of Education (ALSDE). ALSDE limited its year 1 of the pilot program to three school districts. The recommended Tier 1 (ALSDE-funded) school districts are:

  • Butler County (Georgiana, WO Parmer, Greenville Elementary, Greenville Middle)
  • Mobile County (Collier, Taylor-White, O'Rourke, Clark-Shaw Magnet Middle, Baker High)
  • Shelby County (Montevallo Elementary, Middle, High)

The evaluation team consisted of Cheri Hayes (a chess coach and ALSDE employee), Charles Smith (a USCF Level 4 National Chess Coach and consultant to the Birmingham School district), Neil Dietsch (ACF President), and Jerry Nash ( National Chess Education Consultant). Nancy Johnson was the facilitator; she is managing the CIS initiative for ALSDE.

The evaluation team also recognized four additional school districts as highly deserving of participation. The Alabama Chess Federation has invited selected schools in these districts to participate in a Tier 2 CIS plan. This plan would allow participation in a subset of the state CIS initiative without first year financial assistance from ALSDE. The invited Tier 2 plan schools are in the following school districts:

  • Chambers County
  • Baldwin County (Daphne)
  • Dothan City
  • Pelham City

The Tier 2 plan leverages ALSDE's work for the Tier 1 schools and make much of it available to Tier 2 schools. Funding to cover incremental costs for a Tier 2 supplemental program would be born by the participating school districts, the Alabama Chess Federation, and alternative funding sources. The invited schools have until January 30 to decide to participate in the Tier 2 plan. As of January 22, Pelham City Schools has indicated that three schools from their district will participate: Valley Elementary, Valley Intermediate, and Riverchase Middle.

The chess education architect behind the initiative, Jerry Nash, commented, "The initiative has made significant progress in a relatively short time. The school systems which applied for the first year of the pilot were enthusiastic and even passionate about the value of chess for their students. This bodes well not only for chess in Alabama, but more importantly for chess as a valuable classroom activity. The educators involved already understand the game's impact on literacy, math, and critical thinking skills."

Magnus Carlsen Repeats As World Chess Champion

November 24, 2014 - Check out Michael Ciamarra's coverage and analysis of the games in the News section.

Alabama State Chess Championship

Stephen Adams is the 2014 Alabama State Chess Champion

September 29, 2014 - Tuscaloosa -Tennessee's International Master Ronald Burnett (below right) won the first place cash prize for the Championship section with a perfect 5.0/5.0.

Stephen W. Adams (above left) of Birmingham took second place (4.0/5.0) and was the top Alabama competitor. Stephen has won the state scholastic championship title for the last two years. At this tournament he accomplished the rare feat finishing ahead of Alabama's top adult players for the title of 2014 Alabama State Chess Champion. Kirk Petty of Montevallo finished third with 3.5 points.

In the under 1800 section, Devon Puckett (TN) finished in first place with 4.5/5.0. Four players tied for second with 4.0 points to share the title of 2014 Alabama Reserve Champions. They are Brian McCormick(AL), Nathan Hayes(GA), Christopher Trees(AL), and Sijing Wu(AL). More.