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Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championships

Who Will Be The 2015 State Champions?

February 16, 2014 - The individual and state scholastic championships are less than a month away. As young chess players dream of taking home a state trophy and chess coaches make final plans for the trip to Mobile, let's take a look back at who has made it to the championship ranks in the past.

State Individual Championships: Saturday, March 14

As a three-time Alabama Scholastic champion and the 2014 Alabama State Champion, senior Stephen Adams enters the contest as the favorite. Sixth-grader Arden Marken is the defending K-8 champion. However with several several Class A players (ratings between 1800 and 1999) expected to compete the defending champions face stiff competiton. Whose names will be added to our table of winners in 2015?

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  Individual Champions
2015 2014 20132012
High School (K-12)? Stephen W. Adams Stephen W. Adams Kelly Chen, Stephen W. Adams
Jr. High (K-8)? Arden Markin, Samson Sands Alexander Lay, Ethan Hugh SmithLeeAngelo Groves, Jonathan Rasberry, Joshua Anders, J. Welsey Brown
Elementary David Xu Luo Arden Markin Logan Mercer
Elementary (under 600 rating)? Willam Bao, Zachary Snow -
Primary? Siddharth Doppalapudi, Sarvagna Velidandla James Hongjie ShiArden Markin

Click here for the tournament flyer.

State Team Championships: Sunday, March 15

As more and more schools have chess teams, competition at the stat level becomes increasingly intense. Since non-school teams have played a big role in Alabama scholastic chess, club team prizes are also offered. To participate in a club team, all team members must have physically attended at least three club meetings in the past six months and meet all grade criteria.

One new feature is added to this year's tournament. Because the tournament is being held Mobile, we expect many of the Baldwin/Mobile County Chess League teams to participate. As a result a junior varsity section is planned. To participate as a JV team, a school must first enter it top players (it's "A" team) in the Open (K-12) team championship. It may the enter other teams ("B", "C"...) in an Open (K-12) JV section.

The table below shows past team champions.

  Grades
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Open?School: Bayside Academy, UMS-Wright A; Club: CaesarChess School: Huntsville High; Club: ChessKidsNation School:Bayside Academy (tiebreak), Indian Springs; Club: ChessKidsNation ChessKidsNation Indian Springs School (Pelham)
Jr. High? School: Bumpus Middle School; Club: Chess Kids NationSchool: Huntsville Middle School; Club: ChessKidsNation School: W.J. Christian; Club: CaesarChess W.J. Christian (Birmingham) ChessKids Nation
Elementary?School: Rainbow Elementary; Club: Madison City League, Freedom Chess Academy School: Vestavia Central; Club: ChessKidsNation School: Vestavia Central, Randolph; Club: ChessKidsNation The Knight School Huntsville Chess Club
Primary? School: Vestavia East; Club: Magic City USchool: Liberty Park; Club: ChessKidsNation School: Vestavia East Elementary; Club: Magic City U ChessKidsNation, The Knight School ChessKidsNation

Featured Tournaments

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 7, 2015 - Alabaster, AL - The Alabaster Scholastic features one rated and two unrated sections. 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 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.