Primary and elementary section play gets underway at the Alabama State Scholastic Individual Chess Championship.

ACF Membership Meetings

April 23, 2017, 5:00 p.m. in Madison, AL

A special meeting of ACF members has been called by petition of 22 members for 5:00 p.m. at the Sunny Side Cafe in Madison. The meeting is to discuss member concerns about:

  1. Awards at scholastic events
  2. Membership lists
  3. location and venue of the Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championship
  4. financial transparency of ACF accounts and request for an independent audit selected by members.

April 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m. via teleconference

Since there will be no teleconference participation provided for the 5:00 meeting, the ACF President has scheduled a special membership meeting accessible via teleconference for 6:00 p.m. on the same day so that members across the state will be able to participate. The meeting is open to all adult ACF members holding an active ACF membership as well as the designated parent or guardian of an active ACF scholastic member.

The meeting will address topics similar to those the 5:00 meeting as well as topics from other members. You can enter your comments now or during the meeting at the Alabama Chess Federation Facebook page.

  1. Number of awards at scholastic events.
  2. Status of the system for tracking memberships; need for upgrade?
  3. The use of an internet-based registration system for future Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championships.
  4. The rotation schedule (by location) for the Alabama Scholastic Championships
  5. Other topics: club vs school team pairings at the ASSCC, ASSCC regional championships, all girls' state championship, ....
  6. Financial Oversight by the ACF Executive Board; internal controls, audits ...
  7. Organizational announcements

Location/Access: Teleconference Dial-in #: 800-780-8834, Access Code: 3963404

Alabama State Scholastic Championships

Wu! Wu! What a Tournament!

March 16, 2017 - Madison City, AL - Rochelle Wu and Sijing Wu took top honors in the 2017 Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championship. Rochelle won clear first competing in the K-12 open section to become the Alabama 2017 Scholastic Champion. Older brother Sijing took clear first in his section to become the Alabama K-8 champion.

In the Elementary Section Sarvagna Velidandla (1st-place trophy winner on tie-breaks) and Constance Wang are the 2017 Elementary School state co-champions. Xavier Bruni is the 2017 Primary School Alabama champion.

In the Open (under 1000) section Hugh James Mitchell, Rachel Ehrman, and Mathew Lash tied for top honors. There was a five-way tie for the top in the Jr. High under 800 section between Jacob Asrin, Hesha Shikhtholth, Luke Saurman, Jr., Jacob Holland, and Claire Jun. Catrina Holschen won the Elementary (under 600) section.

Team Championship Results

March 16, 2017 - Madison City, AL - In the team competition on March 12, the following are the 2017 champions:

    Open Section
  • School: Indian Springs School, Bayside Academy [co-champions]
  • Club: Madison City Chess League
    Jr. High
  • School: Discovery Middle School
  • Club: Madison City Chess League
  • School: Rainbow Elementary
  • Club: Chess Kids Nation
  • School: Rainbow Elementary
  • Club: Chess Kids Nation

Featured Events

  • April 29, 2017 - Montevallo, AL - The Montevallo Scholastic to be held at Montevallo Middle School features one rated and two non-rated sections. The tournament is open to K-12 students from public, private or home schools. Flyer
  • May 6, 2017 - Headland, AL - The Tony Edmondson Classic organized by Caesar Chess and the Headland Chess Club features two rated g/60 d5 sections. Flyer
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