2017 State Scholastic Chess Individual Championships Tournament Report

March 25, 2017

One hundred one scholastic chess players (and eight grown-ups) competed in the State Scholastic Individual Championships (and Sidekick Quads) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the University of Maine in Orono. Winners in each section were: HS: Ian Youth, HS U1200: Brian Conti and Nehemiah Brown, JHS: Liam Farrell, K-6: Robbie Trowbridge and William Xu, K-3: Jacob Klein. Here's the illustrated tournament report with results.

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Saco Open Tournament Report

March 24, 2017

Thirty players, including a Grandmaster, an International Master and a FIDE Master, participated in the Saco Open on the weekend of March 18-19, 2017 at the Hampton Inn in Saco, Maine. GM Alexander Ivanov and IM David Vigorito tied for first in the Open section with 3.5 points each. Curt Brock and Ben Amar followed suit in the U1750 section putting up 3.5 and finishing equal first. Here's the illustrated tournament report, USCF crosstables and a fascinating 137-move game annotated by IM Vigorito.

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Room Change for Scholastic Individual Championships

March 20, 2017

The University of Maine has decided to move the location of the Scholastic Individual Chess Championships, being played on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from the Memorial Union to a neighboring building Shibles Hall. Shibles Hall is located just 200 feet northeast of the Memorial Union on Beddington Road. This post has a map of the location of Shibles Hall and the complete list of tournament room assignments.

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FIDE Trainers' Seminar: My Experience

March 18, 2017

On March 3-5, 2017, the first Internet-based FIDE Trainers' Seminar was held in cooperation with ChessBase. Originating in Hamburg, Germany, the three-day training covered a variety of topics and prepared participants for an exam which, along with other factors, determined the FIDE title they would receive. I took the seminar and will share my experience and impressions in this report.

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Become a Chess Champion: A New Guide to Learn & Teach Chess

March 16, 2017

Former Maine chess coach, tournament director, FIDE Trainer, and USCF Expert Steve Abrahams has teamed up with USCF Life Master Bryan Tillis to create a chess learning guide aimed not only at students of the game but also for chess parents and teachers. Become a Chess Champion: A New Guide to Learn & Teach Chess is now available on Amazon. We invite you to check it out.

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2017 State Scholastic Chess Team Championships Tournament Report

March 12, 2017

Far and away Maine's largest chess tournament, the State Scholastic Chess Team Championships played at the University of Maine Orono on Saturday, March 11th, attracted three hundred twenty-seven scholastic chess players from across the state! Players competed in eight sections for state titles in primary, elementary, middle, and high school championship, reserve, and novice divisions. We bring you all the results, from K-12 and A to Z, in this lavishly illustrated tournament report.

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Houlton March 2017 Open Tournament Report

March 12, 2017

While the 2017 State Scholastic Team Chess Championships were taking place in Orono, a six-player Swiss was contested a few hours to the north. On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the March Houlton Open was swept by Roger Morin with a perfect three for three. Tied for second were Canadian scholastic phenom Leonardo Cui and Lance Beloungie with 2.0 points.

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China's Tan Zhongyi is Women's World Chess Champion

March 4, 2017

Twenty-five year old Tan Zhongyi of China has defeated the reigning women's champion Maryia Muzychuk to become the new FIDE Women's World Chess Champion. In a grueling thirty-four game tournament, Zhongyi made it to the finals with Muzychuk and the two players were tied after the four-game regulation match. The first game of the 25 minute +10 second rapid tiebreak was drawn with Muzychuk having the better chances. The second game ended in disaster--and triumph.

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All Saints Winter Warm-Up Tournament Report

February 25, 2017

One of the longest-running tournaments in Maine, the All Saints Winter Warm-Up, attracted sixty-seven players in five sections. The tournament is opportunely timed two weeks before the State Scholastic Team Championships and serves as a final get-the-kinks-out session before that upcoming huge scholastic event. We bring you the illustrated tournament report and USCF crosstables.

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Board Order at the High School Team Championships

February 23, 2017

We have received some inquires about the requirement for determining board order in the high school championship section of the upcoming Maine State Scholastic Team Chess Championships at the University of Maine in Orono on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The purpose of this post is to clarify the board order requirements and expectations of players, coaches, and teams participating in the high school championship section.

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