James E. Palange: A Part of Maine Chess History

September 21, 2017

We received an inquiry about former Maine chess player James E. Palange from his son Marius Palange. Marius was interested in finding out more about his father's chess-playing experiences back in the 1950's and '60's. We put this inquiry out to our community and got a response from Roger Morin, the multi-time Maine State Champion, who considered James Palange a long-time chess friend and significant influence on his own chess career.

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Bapst Impromtu Swiss #3 Tournament Report

September 20, 2017

Six intrepid chess players competed in the Third Bapst Impromtu Swiss Tournament played on Friday evening, September 15, 2017. Wyatt Hendrix rose to the top of the crosstable with a nice final-round victory over top-rated Brian Hurst to finish the event with a perfect 3.0 points in three games.

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Premier Chess Looking for Chess Instructor in Lewiston

September 19, 2017

Premier Chess is looking for a great chess instructor with 2+ years of teaching experience for an after-school chess program in Lewiston, Maine. Days of instruction are flexible and will be determined after a qualified instructor is found. For more information and to apply, call Evan Rubin at (917) 776-1306 or email Evan Rabin (erabin66@gmail.com).

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Four-Way Tie at Bapst End of Summer Tournament

September 10, 2017

Four players each put up 3.0 points in the Open section of the Bapst End of Summer tournament played on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The winners were: Aaron Spencer, Ryan Tripp, Jacques Blanchette, and Brian Hurst. In the U1200 section, Luc Blanchette, Samanthak Thiagarajan, and Andrew Brenneman shared the top spot. Here's the illustrated tournament report with crosstables.

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Cape Elizabeth Chess Club Resumes Meetings at the Local Buzz Cafe

September 1, 2017

The Cape Elizabeth Chess Club will resume their Saturday morning meetings as of Saturday, September 2, 2017. The club meets at the Local Buzz café, 327 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth, Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Come on down for coffee, breakfast and a few games of chess. Instruction and some interesting chess problems are also part of the package! For more information contact Eric Dinnerstein (ericdin@gmail.com).

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Scotland Travelogue

August 31, 2017

After Zurich, the Edinburgh Chess Club is the oldest functioning club in the world. We were recently in Scotland, visited the Edinburg Chess Club, and played chess in some far-flung Scottish locations including the Isle of Skye and up in the Highlands. We're delighted to share our impressions and images of both the club and this beautiful country as well as the Tale of the Lewis Chessmen.

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Bapst Impromptu Tournament Report

August 16, 2017

Fourteen players competed on short notice for the first Bapst Impromtu tournament held at John Bapst Memorial High School on Tuesday, August 15th. Ben Amar topped the crosstable with 3.0 points. He was closely trailed by Wyatt Hendrix and Ben Mock with 2.5 points. The second Bapst Improptu tournament is coming up on Tuesday, August 29th. Hope to see you there!

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Mainers at the 47th Continental Open

August 14, 2017

Thirteen Maine players took part in the 47th Continental Open played on August 10-13, 2017 in Sturbridge, Mass. Chess mom and self-proclaimed chess neophyte Elisabeth Fowlie Mock attended the event, participated, and sent us this illustrated tournament report.

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ChessMaine.net Receives 2017 CJA Award for Best USCF State Chapter Website

August 9, 2017

The Chess Journalists of America Awards, recognizing the best in chess journalism, were announced at the annual CJA meeting on August 4th, 2017. ChessMaine.net was honored in the Electronic Media category as the best USCF State Chapter Website. We are humbled to accept this award on behalf of all of those contributing their efforts to promote chess in Maine. We extend our congratulations to all award recipients and our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Chess Journalists of America organization for its continued hard work and dedication recognizing the very best in chess journalism.

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Roger Morin Back in the Saddle with a win at August Houlton Open

August 8, 2017

Roger Morin won the seven-player August Houlton Open played at the Art Studio in Houlton on August 5th with 3.5 points in four games. Lance Beloungie took clear second with 3.0 points and Leonardo Cui and Ray Haines shared third with 2.5 points apiece. Here's the tournament report with crosstables.

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