Jonathan Rasberry and Scott Varagona are the 2016 Alabama Dual-rated co-champions.


Featured Events

Alabama State Championship: Advance Registration Deadline: Friday, August 26

  • September 2-4, 2016 - Huntsville, AL - The 63rd Annual Alabama State Chess Championship takes place Labor Day Weekend. This year's tournament will feature $3,200 in guaranteed cash prizes. Championship Flyer and Online Registration.
  • September 3, 2016 - Huntsville - The UAH Scholastic Individual Tournament will be a 5-round dual-rated event taking place at the sit of the state championship. Flyer and Registration
  • September 4, 2016 - Huntsville - The UAH Scholastic Team Tournament will be a 4-round dual-rated event taking place at the sit of the state championship. The team competition is restricted to school and home school teams. Flyer and Registration
For more tournaments, see the ACF Calendar

In Passing: Lars Britt - b.January 9th, 1951 - d.August 17, 2016

From the 1970's on Lars Britt was a prominent figure on the Alabama chess scene. He was a tournament organizer in the Mobile area and editor of ACF's Antics Magazine for many years. He was a part of the history of this organization. We honor the contributions he made to Alabama chess over the years.

Chess Antics by Scott Varagona

August 14, 2016 - The Summer Antics magazine features three games from some of Alabama's top players.

Chess News by Michael Ciamarra

  • August 7, 2016 - Summertime chess, Alabama results, one of the greats, and Nakamura takes down Carlsen
  • July 10, 2016 - Fastest chess players in Alabama meet in tournament and who made Top 100 lists
  • June 23, 2016 - Alabama chess life here and there

National Scholastic Championship Tournaments

August 4, 2016 - Rochelle Wu won the Ursula Foster Award as the top finisher under age 13at the National Girls Tournament of Championships. She tied for 3rd place overall (6th place on tiebreaker).

Arden Markin tied for 7th in the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions.

In a side event, Sijing Wu scored a perfect 5.0 / 5.0 in the US Open Weekend Swiss, taking down a master and two expert-level players.

Alabama Dual-Rated State Chess Championship

July 25, 2016 - Montgomery, AL - 36 players from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida competed in the 2016 Alabama Dual-rated State Chess Championship on July 23 at Evangel Church in Montgomery, AL. The tournament was four rounds at a time control of 45 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move. The Dual-Rated Championship was directed by Doug Strout at Evangel for the fifth consecutive year.

The open section was won by Jonathan Rasberry (trophy winner as Champion) and Scott Varagona. The victory is Scott's third at the Dual (2013, 2014, 2016). Since Scott has finished first in all three championships so far in 2016 (Quick, Blitz, Dual), the possibility of another "Scott slam" (2013) will be in play at the State Championship in Huntsville over Labor Day weekend. The victory is Jonathan's first in the Dual-Rated Open section, but he did win the title in the U1600 section of the Dual in 2012.

The U1800 championship was won by newcomer Tejas Thorat, a half-point ahead of co-runnersup Christian Friedman and Mohak Agrawalla. Mohak and Christian finished first and second, respectively, in the Reserve section of the 2016 Quick championship. The U1200 championship was won by Kristian Jordan, and Joseph Jacob Hayes of Florida tied for first place in the U1200.

Alabama Chess in Schools Prepares for 2nd Year Expansion

July 15, 2016 - Montgomery, AL - In late June 45 teachers took part in training offered by the Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) Initiative. Teachers preparing for their first year of teaching chess received four days of training. Returning chess teachers took two days of classes.

The teaching is intended to prepare teacher to teach chess in the classroom in the coming school year. ACIS teacher training is a mix of chess training and teaching methods for integrating chess into the teaching of core educational material. Teachers also learn about the latest internet-base chess training curricula and are introduced to the ACIS support network provided by the Alabama Chess Federation and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

National Chess Education Consultant Jerry Nash led the training with a team that included an array of volunteers from the chess and education communities: Neil Dietsch (chess coach, ACF president), Nancy Johnson (former ALSDE lead and current ACF Chess in Schools Liaison), Caesar Lawrence (chess coach & tournament organizer), Pat & Steve Schneider (principals of Championship Chess out of Atlanta), and Charles A. Smith (National Chess Coach and ACF VP). Andy Meadows and Michele Matin participated as ALSDE representatives.

Returning ACIS veteran teachers Telura Hamilton (Montevallo Intermediate School), Christina Purdy (pictured right, Huguley Elementary), and Brenda Scott (W.O Parmer K-2) were on hand to provide tips to teachers about teaching chess in the classroom for the first time. More

Alabama Chess Championship Results

Quick Chess

June 30, 2016 - Birmingham - Scott Varagona continued his dominance in Alabama chess tournaments winning his 4th Alabama Quick Chess Championship in the past five years. Stephen W. Adams, who has two Quick Chess Championship titles during that period (he and Scott were co-champions in 2012) finished in second place this year in a tie with Sijing Wu. 55 players played in the Quick Championship.

Blitz Chess

June 30, 2016 - Birmingham - Stephen W. Adams shared the top spot in the blitz chess championship with Scott Varagona. This is Stephen's 3rd consecutive state blitz championship. 28 players played in this year's competition.

2016 State Championship Series - Special Award

(revised July 26, 2016 to clarify eligibility for the award) - ACF Vice President Charles Smith has announced the award of a beautiful, handmade chess board along with an oversize chess set from the House of Staunton, along with a box for the pieces to the winner of the most points scored in the open section of the four 2016 Alabama state championships. These include the Quick and Blitz Chess championships being held at Samford University on June 25, the Dual-rated championship on July 23, and the State Championship on Labor Day Weekend. The award is being presented to encourage our players to compete in all of our major events. Let's have some fun and play some chess!

Rapid Growth of Alabama Chess Continues in 2015

# of Players in Alabama Rated EventsJanuary 16, 2016 - Rated chess play in Alabama grew by 12% in 2015. North Alabama, South Alabama, and Montgomery had significant gains to offset a decline in the Birmingham area, which has been the hub of past growth.