Sergio Mejia Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

May 5, 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 Sergio Mejia's game vs Brian Hurst, played at the Maine State Championship on April 10, 2016, as the winner for this quarter.

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Fabiano Caruana and Nazi Paikidze are US Champions

May 2, 2016

Fabiano Caruana topped a stellar field of grandmasters including Hikaru Nakamura, Wesly So, Gata Kamsky and others to win the US Championship played at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on April 13-30. In the Women's Championship, International Master Nazi Paikidze, the only player without a single loss, took first with 8.5/11.

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Fishbein Goes 5/5 to Win Maine Closed Championship!

April 10, 2016

Matthew Fishbein has won the 2016 Maine Closed Championship and with it the title of 2016 State Champion with a perfect score of 5.0 points in five games. This is Fishbein's third Maine Championship win but the first as sole winner. In 2012 he tied with Jarod Bryan and Aaron Spencer and in 2013 he tied with Ruben Babayan and Joshua Quint. Here's the illustrated tournament report.

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Cape Elizabeth Chess Team Featured in the Current

April 8, 2016

The Cape Elizabeth High School chess team has been featured in the online journal Current. After an impressive victory at the scholastic team championships in March, Matthew Fishbein, Cape's top board, has played in his last Maine scholastic championship. Taking Fishbein's place on board one for Cape Elizabeth in academic year 2016-2017 will be Wesley Parker, currently the second highest-rated scholastic player in the state.

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Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talent Search

April 2, 2016

For over 16 years, the Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talents Search (MMSETS) has been offering a variety of mathematics, engineering, and problem-solving enrichment classes for children and adults alike. MMSETS has offered after school and vacation workshops for children, problem solving competitions, workshops for children and adults, and continuing education and curriculum development classes for teachers. Over the years, many students who have taken part in MMSETS classes, camps and workshops have also been involved with scholastic chess in their schools and communities. ChessMaine pleased to pool our efforts to enrich the MMSETS curriculum with chess and chess instruction for children across the state.

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2016 Maine Closed Championship: April 9-10!

April 2, 2016

The 2016 Maine Closed Championship is next weekend, April 9-10, at the Waterville Grand Hotel. There's still time to reserve a room at the "Chess Rate" of $69. Also, registering before April 6 with Andy Bryan will save $15 on entry fee. Contact Andy at and include your USCF ID# if you are a member. Check for more details of the event on the Events page. Phil Lowell will be the tournament director.

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Sergey Karjakin is the Challenger!

March 28, 2016

It was going to be either Sergey Karjakin or Fabiano Caruana. In the last round of the Candidates Tournament Karjakin was able to beat Caruana to finish the tournament a full point ahead of his nearest rival. Karjakin will therefore challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship to be played in New York City in November of this year. Congratulations Sergey!

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Candidates Tournament Goes to the Final Round

March 27, 2016

There's a very real possibility that the next challenger for the World Chess Championship will be an American by the name of Fabiano Caruana. It all boils down to the fourteenth and final round of the Candidates Tournament being played tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. eastern, 3:00 p.m. local in Moscow, Russia. If Caruana wins the game he is the Challenger; if he draws, the situation becomes more complicated and will depend on tiebreaks which we will decipher and explain to you with the help of

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2016 Scholastic Individual Championships Tournament Report

March 26, 2016

Eighty-one scholastic chess players competed in the 45th Anniversary Edition of the Maine State Scholastic Individual Championships at the University of Maine in Orono on Saturday, March 26, 2016. State champions were determined in five sections: High School, High School U1200, Junior High School, K-6 (Elementary), and K-3 (Primary). Here is the illustrated tournament report with results and USCF crosstables.

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Manchester March GM Norm Tournament Report

March 20, 2016

The Manchester March GM Norm took place from March 2-7, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. New Hampshire native GM Josh Friedel led wire to wire to win with 7/10. No players earned GM norms. The tournament was directed by Ken Ballou, Alex Relyea, and Matt Phelps for Relyea Chess. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables, and games.

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