All Saints Winter Warm-Up Tournament Report

March 2, 2015

Over sixty 60 players competed in six sections at the 2015 All Saints Winter Warm-Up tournament hosted by All Saints School in Bangor on February 21st. There was a three-way tie for first in the open section between Jarod Bryan, Sergio Mejia and William Ravn. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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gofundme: Roger Peterson

February 23, 2015

Vietnam veteran, USCF life member, and Maine tournament player Roger Peterson has established a gofundme page to raise money for the publication of a lifelong book project. The book, one of a trilogy which has been in the works since 1975, includes mystery, intrigue, suspense, fast paced action, and murder. A portion of the proceeds from Roger's books will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and to help abused and neglected children.

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Katy Perry's Chess-Themed Superbowl Halftime Show

February 2, 2015

Superbowl XLIX was a great game (especially if you are a Patriots fan) with incredible ups and downs--interceptions, super-human receptions, curious decisions and more. Maybe most remarkable of all, however, was how chess took center stage during the halftime show. That's right, chess. Take a look at this report to see chess on the fifty-yard line of the Superbowl.

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16th Annual MLK Tournament Report

January 27, 2015

Fifty player competed in the 16th Annual MLK Tournament hosted by the Stillwater Montessori School and held on January 19th. The event was played in four sections: Open, K-12, K-8, and K-6 (non-rated). Here is the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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January Houlton Open Tournament Report

January 24, 2015

Four Houlton tournament stalwarts turned out for the January Houlton Open at the Art Studio in Houlton. Ray Haines won his first two games and that was enough despite a last round loss to Roger Hardison. Trailing the leader was Roger Morin and Lance Beloungie with 1.5 points and Roger Hardison with 1.0 point.

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Panel Discussion: "The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp" at Bowdoin College

January 17, 2015

Bowdoin College will be hosting a panel discussion entitled, "The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp" on Wednesday, January 21st from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center in Kresge Auditorium at the College's Brunswick campus. Considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp helped reshape the way art is practiced and understood. Come hear how a scholar, a museum director, and a conservator understand and interpret the legacy and importance of this transformative figure. If you can't make it in person, never fear, the discussion will be streamed live on the Internet.

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2015 Starts With a Bang! The John Bapst New Year's Tournament Report

January 14, 2015

A whopping sixty-two players came out to compete in Maine's first USCF event of the year. The John Bapst New Year's Chess Tournament in Memory of Bob Solinger was held on Sunday, January 11th at the school's campus on Broadway in Bangor. If this event is any indication, 2015 will be a great year for chess in Maine! Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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Save the Boston Globe Chess Column!

January 4, 2015

Recently, the Boston Globe became the latest publication to join the unfortunate trend of chess column cancellation. The Globe announced that the column's long and historic run of over 60 years would soon be coming to a close depriving readers of Boylston Chess Club stalwarts Harold Dondis and Chris Chase's regular writings.

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The Best of 2014

December 31, 2014

And what a year it was! Another Chess Journalists of America Best State Website Award, a partnering with Chess24 to bring you live daily coverage of the Carlsen-Anand World Chapmionship Match, thirty USCF-rated tournaments, some of which set attendance records, and much more! A heartfelt thanks to the Maine chess community for your enthusiasm and continued support over the course of the year. We wish you Happy Holidays and all the best in chess and life in 2015!

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Sam Sevian, 13, from Sturbridge, Mass. is Youngest U.S. Chess Grandmaster

December 29, 2014

Sam Sevian, at the age of 13, has become the youngest U.S. chess grandmaster. Boston Globe reporter Stan Grossfeld paints us a picture of the prodigy and examines Sevian's lofty goal to become world chess champion.

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