Maine Chess Player of the Year Competition for 2007
12.29.06 The Maine Chess Association will again sponsor the Maine Chess Player of the Year competition. Here are the details including explaination of the point system, prizes, dates and stipulations. We thank Maine Chess Association President Phill Lowell for organizing this competition and providing us with the information.
The Maine Chess Association is pleased to announce guaranteed prizes for the 2007 Maine Chess Player of the Year Awards:
FIRST PLACE $300
SECOND PLACE $100
THIRD PLACE $50
With the added prize money there will be additional tournaments to compete in.
The following Chess Player of the Year events will take place at Southern Maine Community College:
January 13, 2007 Eight points possible
January 14, 2007 Ten points possible
April 21 and 22, 2007 (Maine State Championship) Ten points possible
April 22, 2007 Quick Chess Tournament Ten points possible
June 23, 2007 Eight points possible
August 4, 2007 Eight points possible
October 20, 2007 Eight points possible
For those unfamiliar with the scoring system, a player adds their tournament score to the number of games played in the tournament to obtain their Maine Chess Player of the Year score for that particular tournament. Thus withdrawals and requested half-point byes decrease a player's chances for winning a prize.
Organizers: If you wish to run a Maine Chess Player of the Year event the following are stipulations you must adhere to:
1. The tournament announcement must appear in Chess Life or on the USCF website as a Maine Chess Player of the Year event and the tournament must be USCF-rated. (There is a two month lead time to place a tournament announcement in Chess Life so arganizers will have to plan in advance. Tournament Life Announcement (TLA) deadlines appear on page 59 of the December, 2006 Chess Life.)
2. For every player in the event $1.00 must be forwarded to the MCA treasurer: Ray Duval 13 Lincoln Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011
3. Every player in the event must be a member of the Maine Chess Association unless they reside out of state. (Current annual dues for the Maine Chess Association are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For those wishing to offer MCA memberships please contact Phil Lowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ray Duval at the above address.)
4. A total of fifty-two Maine Chess Player of the year points have been scheduled for the Portland area.
No more than fifty-two ponits should be scheduled for the greater Bangor / Orono / Aurora area.
No more than fifty-two points should be scheduled for the Washington County area.
5. All players must be eligible to compete; if you are running a scholastic Maine Chess Player of the Year event, you must also have an adult Maine Chess Player of the Year section.
The Maine Chess Association does not expect the winner of the 2007 Maine Chess Player of the Year award to play in every Maine Chess Player of the Year event. This award has been established to honor both a high level of skill and a commitment to regularly participate in Maine tournaments.
Previous Maine Chess Player of the Year Winners
2006 Lee Doucette, Portland
2005 Jarod Bryan, Waterville
2004 Ralph Townsend, Holden
2002 Ruben Babayan, Portland
2001 Ruben Babayan, Portland
2000 Ruben Babayan, Portland
1999 Jon Buxton, West Gardiner
1998 Joe Wrba, Kennebunk
1997 Ruben Babayan, Portland
1996 Gary Mitchell, Saco; Ruben Babayan, Portland
1995 Michael Moore, Mt. Vernon
1994 Joe Robillard, Lewiston