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15 April 2008
2008 Alabama Scholastic Chess Championships Hosted by JSU's MCIS Dept.

State chess tournament, hosted by JSU's MCIS Department, drew hundreds of people to JSU , showcasing the department's technologies (Web casting, programs created in class).

Hundreds of players and supporters attended the 2008 Alabama Scholastic Chess Championships this past weekend to make it a rousing success for its host, Jacksonville State University's Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences (MCIS) department. From the Web casting of all top games with live commentary, to the demonstration (and participation) of computer games produced by computer science students in our game programming classes, to the dozens of volunteers that helped out over the weekend, this was truly a wonderful event that showcased the exciting things happening in the MCIS department.

Individual state champions were crowned on Saturday in the primary (grades K-3), elementary (grades 4-5), middle-school (grades 6-7), junior high (grades 8-9), and open (grades K-12) divisions. Team state champions were crowned on Sunday, April 13 in the primary (grades K-3), elementary (grades K-6), junior high (grades K-9), and open (grades K-12) divisions.

A special "thank you" goes out to the Math Club, Computer Science Club, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, all MCIS student organizations, that helped to organize this fantastic event which surely raised the profile of our outstanding department.

The Scholastic Chess Championships is a premier event of the Alabama Chess Federation, which is the USCF affiliate for the state of Alabama. The goal of the Alabama Chess Federation is to promote chess for the benefit of all Alabama players.

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