Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament 2017

07.11.17 Eight players turned out for the annual Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament held this year at The Fort Fairfield Community Center in Fort Fairfield, Maine on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Canadian Leonardo Cui had a great day going four strait to win the tournament with 4.0 points. A three-way tie ensued for second place between Ansel Schiffer, Roger Morin, and Brian Hurst each putting up 2.5 points. Here's the illustrated tournament report.



Tournament champion Leonardo Cui (left) plays Roger Hardison in the first round of the Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament.

Thanks to Roger Morin for contributing to this report.

USCF Crosstable of this event

This four-round G/60; d5 tournament was moved inside this year from the Potato Blossom Festival Fairgrounds to the Fort Fairfield Community Center. That change seemed to suit the tournament winner, Leonardo Cui, who was guaranteed at least a tie for first place after three rounds.

A win in the last round by either Ansel Schiffer or Brian Hurst would have inked clear second place but alas it was not meant to be as the two players played to a draw and Roger Morin won his last round game to join the second place finishers with 2.5 points.

The remaining four players were Roger Hardison (2.0), Ray Haines (1.5), Lance Beloungie (1.0), and Gary Tuck (0.0).

Thanks to Lance Beloungie for organizing and Roger Morin for directing this tournament and to all the players who made the trek to Fort Fairfield for some summer chess!


Ansel Schiffer (left) plays tournament organizer Lance Beloungie.


Roger Morin (left) plays Aroostook County chess stalwart Ray Haines.


Gary Tuck (left) matches wits with Brian Hurst.


The venue


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