Alabama chess life here and there

By Michael Ciamarra
on June 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM, updated June 22, 2016 at 7:08 AM

Summer chess activities in Alabama are in full swing. Tournaments and chess camps throughout the state are going strong. Several of our young chess players will be traveling to play in national events representing Alabama.

In the meantime, here is a roundup of the latest Alabama tournaments, top prize winners and final standings.

Falcon Chess Invitational

The recent Falcon invitational was played at the University of Montevallo and was the first of its kind in Alabama. Eight of the state’s top, active chess players competed for training and for practice games. The tournament featured the current Alabama state champion Scott Varagona and former state champion Stephen Adams.

Anyone of these tournament participants is capable of becoming an International Master. That is why coaching, training and practice tournament like this one are vitally important in the development of their skills.

“The goal of the tournament was to give Alabama’s most promising young players a chance to gain experience in an especially fierce competition,” Varagona said. “What was inspiring to me was the incredible fighting spirit of all the participants and their willingness to play in an event with no cash prizes; they all just want to play chess and improve.”

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