Chess action at the Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League.

Featured Events

  • March 11, 2017 - Madison - The Alabama State Scholastic Individual Chess Championship is the biggest chess event of the year, drawing well over 200 participants. Individual entry fees are $25 for registrations by February 28. All games are rated. ACF and USCF memberships are required. Flyer ---------- Click here for the mail-in registration form.
  • March 12, 2017 - Madison - Coaches, prepare now for the biggest team chess event of the year, the Alabama State Scholastic Team Championship. More than 50 four-player teams are expected. The entry fee is $50 per team if registered by March 8. USCF and ACF memberships required. Flyer --------- Click here for the mail-in registration form.
For more tournaments, see the ACF Calendar

Talladega and Tuscaloosa Schools to Join ACIS

February 24, 2017 - Talladega City Schools, Tuscaloosa City Schools, and Tuscaloosa County Schools have been selected to join the Alabama Chess in Schools Initiative this Fall.

In Talladega, Graham Elementary, Houston Elementary, Salter Elementary, and R.L. Young Elementary, Zora Ellis Jr. High, and Talladega High will take part. Tuscaloosa County participants will include Lake View Elementary, Brookwood Middle School, and Brookwood High.

Tuscaloosa City Schools, which already has programs active in some of its schools through the University of Alabama's Every Move Counts program, will expand chess in schools through the ACIS program. Initial participants will include Martin Luther King Jr Elementary, Verner Elementary, and Woodlawn Elementary.

Chess Antics by Scott Varagona

February 5, 2017 - The Winter Antics magazine features pictures, puzzles, and three recent games from top Alabama players. Enjoy Scott's bittersweet ruminations on "breaking up" with old flames from his early chess days.

Chess News by Michael Ciamarra

Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League Action

January 17, 2017 - See news from Alabama's granddaddy of scholastic chess competitions on the Scholastic page.

Rochelle Wu wins Gold at World Cadets International Competition

October 30, 2016 - After winning Alabama's 2016 Elementary School Champion, Rochelle Wu is making her presence known in national and international competition. After taking third in the National Girls Invitational Tournament of Champions in August (first among girls under 13), Rochelle earned a gold medal in the Girls Under 10 section this week at the World Cadets in Batumi, Georgia. Click here for a US Chess Federation newsflash and one of Rochelle's games.

Alabama State Championship Results

Open Section: Bill Melvin is the 2016 Alabama State Chess Champion.


September 8, 2016 - Huntsville - Between 1990 and 2001 Melvin was the top active player in the state, claiming the state championship title seven times, making him the current record holder for most Alabama state championships. At this year's event, fifteen years after his last state championship, Bill extended his record to eight, winning clear first with a score of 5.5/6.

The final round drama featured Melvin defeating six-time champion Scott Varagona. Mathew Puckett finished second.


Reserve Section: Why is Krishin Yerabolu Smiling?

There was drama in the reserve section as well as Krishin Yerabolu ranked 28th in a field of 30, took first place with a score of 5.0/6.0 to become this year's Reserve champion. Krishin's rating rises an astounding 324 points in one tournament!

More State Championship Coverage

The Madison City Chess League provided a great facility and coverage of the state championship. Check out their report and photos as well as Michael Ciamarra's detailed coverage of the event