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Fall Antics

ACF's Online Magazine Gets an Upgrade

Check out what the new look and great commentary that editor Bryan Tillis has brought to the Fall Antics.

Featured Tournaments

August 31, 2014 - Lanett, AL - Caesar Chess will bring a Sunday tournament to Eastern Alabama. The Lanett Classic is a single section, 4-round, G/70 d5 tournament which includes class prizes for U1900 and U1500. Flyer

September 6, 2014 - Birmingham, AL - With students back in school and school chess clubs starting up again, the Central Alabama Team Scholastic provides an early opportunity for school and club teams to compete. Flyer

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 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. Online registration and payment available will be available on this website on or before August 30. Championship Flyer.

September 27 - Tuscaloosa - The one-day Alabama State Scholastic Tournament will be held in parallel with the state championship. Parents will find the Ferguson center a great campus that will inspire kids to look forward to a future university experience. Scholastic flyer. Online registration will be available here on or before August 30.

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

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.