Outdoor Chess in Boston

June 19, 2018

On a recent trip to Boston we checked out the outdoor chess scene, took in the sights, and, of course, sampled the local cuisine. From Harvard Square to Quincy Market and all points in between, here's an illustrated report of what we came across.

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Prince Edward Island Travelogue

June 2, 2018

We had the pleasure of venturing up to Prince Edward Island over Memorial Day weekend. While there, we took in the Charlottetown Open, visited Prince Edward Island National Park, and experienced Island life Canadian style. We hope you enjoy this richly illustrated report with a selected game and Chess Federation of Canada crosstable from the tournament.

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The Warriors' Key Chess Piece Is Also a Chess Fanatic

May 30, 2018

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was featured in today's edition of the Wall Street Journal. The 6' 7" guard plays chess as often as he plays basketball: almost every day. WSJ reporter Ben Cohen provides some insights on Thompson and how his basketball and chess games intertwine.

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Steve Abrahams now Writing for ChessBase

May 30, 2018

Former Maine resident Steve Abrahams is using his writing and chess expertise as a contributing chess journalist at ChessBase.com--one of the web's primer chess news and information sites. Steve was a student at Husson University in Bangor while he coached, taught, played and gave simultaneous exhibitions in Maine. A national expert and FIDE Trainer, Steve is also the co-author of "Become a Chess Champion."

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On the Tusks of a Dilemma

May 29, 2018

Maine's own C.K. Damrosch wrote a fascinating article in the February 2018 edition of Chess Life about the status of owning and collecting ivory chess sets. In case you missed it, we reproduce it here with permission of the author.

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Leonardo Cui Wins May Houlton Open

May 29, 2018

On May 26, 2018, twelve players competed in the May Houlton Open at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine. Leonardo Cui from New Brunswick took top honors with 3.5 points in four games. Three players trailed the leader with 3.0 points: Bill Hartt, Ben Mock, and Wyatt Hendrix. Here's the tournament report with US Chess crosstables and five selected games.

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MECA Policy Board Chooses Michael Dudley as Interim President

May 25, 2018

The Maine Chess Association Policy Board has chosen Michael Dudley as interim president. Many of you already know Mike from his work as a chess coach, tournament director, and organizer. In this post, Mike shares an open letter to the Maine chess community.

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Bapst Impromptu Quads Report

May 25, 2018

Eight players nicely rounded out two quad sections at the Bapst Impromptu Quads played at John Bapst High School on May 24, 2018. Aaron Spencer won Quad 1 with a perfect 3.0 points. In Quad 2, Wyatt Hendrix and Tristan Cousineau shared equal first with 2.5 points.

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Ju Wenjun is Women's World Champion

May 20, 2018

Ju Wenjun has won the Women's World Championship Match played between May 2-20, 2018 in Shanghai and Chongqing, China. Just edging her opponent Tan Zhongyi in ten games by the score of 5.5 to 4.5, Wenjun became the 17th Women's World Champion.

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"I Am More: Facing Stigma"

May 10, 2018

"I Am More: Facing Stigma," is the title of a photography show on exhibit at Speedwell Projects on Forest Avenue in Portland through May 12th. The show, which highlights the work of Portland photographer Lissy Thomas, features 22 black-and-white portraits of locals affected by mental health challenges. One of the photographs has the following accompanying statement: "I am Kathy. I am a friend. I am a chess advocate. I am a rock enthusiast. I am an artist. I am a survivor of post traumatic stress. I am a peaceful warrior."

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