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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.

World Youth Chess Championships

Rochelle Wu Ties for 3rd in Girls Under 8

September 29, 2014 - Competing in an international field of 51 players, Rochelle Wu of Birmingham tied for third place with four other competitors at the World Youth Chess Championship - Girls U8 in Durban, South Africa. She scored 8 points out of 11 against a strong field of 51 competitors.

Rochelle received an invitation from the United States Chess Federation to attend the event. A number of chess supporters including Chess Kids Nation and the Alabama Chess Federation contributed money to help cover travel expenses.

Featured Tournaments

October 18, 2014 - Mobile, AL - The Gulf Coast Classic includes a rated open section, two rated scholastic sections, and one scholastic non-rated section. The tournament is being held at UMS-Wright Prep School. Click here for the tournament flyer.

October 25, 2014 - Birmingham, AL - The Halloween Classic includes on rated open section, two scholastic rated sections and one non-rated section. Click here for the tournament flyer.

Click here for more tournaments (including those of non-ACF affiliates) and the complete Tournament Calendar

Alabama Chess Federation News

Two New Officers Elected to the ACF Executive Board

September 28, 2014 - Attendees at the Alabama Chess Federation Annual Membership Meeting elected officers for the new fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014. Officers for the new year are:

Executive Board:
President: Neil Dietsch
VP: Balagee Govindan
Scholastic VP: Gerald Larson
Secretary: Paul Nager
Treasurer: Bradley Denton
Director of Public Relations: Michael Ciamarra

Other offices:
Webmaster: Jared Collins
Antics Editor: Scott Varagona
USCF Liaison: Gerald Larson
Scholastic Editor: Vacant* 

*Please contact president@alabamachess.com if you interested in helping.