Chess at the 2016 Common Ground Country Fair

October 20, 2016

At this year's Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine, a first-of-its-kind chess tournament was held on Saturday, September 24th in the Children's Homsteading Area. The non-rated event was attended by six brave competitors and a good-sized crowd of onlookers cheering the players on. The three round event was won by Luke Hankins with a perfect 3.0 points. Here's the tournament report with images courtesy of Charles Altschul.

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Former Maine Player and Coach now Managing Miami Professional Chess Team

October 17, 2016

The newest addition to the United States Professional Chess League is the Miami Champions. Former Maine player and coach Steve Abrahams is Co-Managing the team with his business partner Bryan Tillis. We caught up with Steve to ask him about this new venture and his multi-faceted involvement in chess.

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ChessMaine Interviews: Alex Relyea

October 11, 2016

Alex Relyea has long been a powerhouse in the world of local, regional, national, and international chess. In addition to being a very respectable player, he is an organizer, US Chess tournament director, FIDE arbiter, and sits on the US Chess Ethics, Elections, Tournament Director Certification, Fide Events, and Anti-Cheating committees. A delegate to US Chess from the state of New Hampshire, a Trustee of the Life Member Assets, a member of the board of the New Hampshire Chess Association and Treasurer of the New England Chess Association are just some of his chess-related responsibilities (and we haven't even mentioned correspondence chess!). We are pleased to bring you this fascinating interview with Alex Relyea.

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National Chess Day in Brewer

October 11, 2016

National Chess day was celebrated in Brewer with a chess tournament held on October 8, 2016 at Machias Savings Bank that attracted twenty-one players. The tournament ran in three sections--two quads and a U1000 section. Roger Morin topped Quad 1, Joseph Powell took the honors in Quad 2 and Kaleb Pendleton won the U100 section. Here is the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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September Houlton Open Tournament Report

September 18, 2016

Seven players with an average rating of USCF 1811 competed in the September Houlton Open at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine on September 17th. A five-way tie for first ensued between Roger Morin, Alex Slive, Ray Haines, Cynthia Cui, and Nathan Gates. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstable.

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Chess Champs Documentary Screening in Deer Isle

August 31, 2016

A documentary film that features coach Dick Powell and follows the 2012-2013 season of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners chess team will be shown at the Reach Performing Arts Center (249 North Deer Isle Road) in Deer Isle, Maine at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9th. Admission is free and all are invited. For more information contact the local independent filmmaker Veronica Young at

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Luftballons Schach Tournament Report

August 29, 2016

Our on-the-scene reporter, Elizabeth Fowlie Mock, was at the Luftballons Schach tournament played in Auburn on August 21, 2016. She submitted this illustrated tournament report.

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Mainers at the 46th Continental Open

August 21, 2016

One of Maine's scholastic chess moms, Elizabeth Fowlie Mock, attended the 46th Continental Open in Sturbridge, Mass. recently with her son Benjamin. We thank her for submitting the following report including images and USCF crosstables.

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Will Ravn Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

August 21, 2016

The George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize was established to recognize and reward games that are both aesthetically pleasing and technically interesting. Soon after the Prize's inception, a generous donor contributed a significant amount of capital to reward the player of the brilliant game with a $100 check. After poring over games submitted to, our crack GCBP Committee has selected Will Ravn's game vs International Master David Vigorito, played at the Saco Open on July 9, 2016, as the winner for this quarter.

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Quasi Quick Chess Quads at Saco Valley Chess Club

August 14, 2016

Sixteen players nicely rounded out four quads in the Quasi Quick Chess Quads played at the Saco Valley Chess Club in Biddeford on August 9th, 2016. The quad winners were: Matthew Fishbein, Barry Magda, Jon Malev, and Nathan Dunn. The time control for this three-round event was Game in 15 minutes with a 10 second delay from move one. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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