WCC R4: A Easy, Comfortable Draw for Caruana With Black

November 13, 2018

So far in this World Chess Championship Match the player with the white pieces has had a very difficult time whipping up any kind of advantage. In today's game, Game 4 of the Match, Fabiano Caruana held the positions with black comfortably and with relative ease. The players shook hands after thirty-four moves had been made. This, incidentally, was only four moves more than the rule that stipulates no draw offer are to be made before move thirty.

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WCC R3: Draw!

November 12, 2018

The third game of the World Chess Championship Match in London ended in a draw. Both players now have 1.5 points going into Game 4. Interesting points to consider after this game are opening preparation, pressing with the black pieces, and the Challenger not, as yet, hitting his best form.

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WCC R2: Carlsen has to "beg for a draw" in Game 2

November 10, 2018

In the first two games of the World Chess Championship Match, the player with the black pieces has been the aggressor. Yesterday, it was Magnus Carlsen; today it was clearly Fabiano Caruana. The game followed three Korchnoi-Karpov games from their 1978 World Championship Match until Caruana deviated with the innovation 10...Rd8. This gave Carlsen pause--literally--as the Champion pondered for seventeen minutes before replying. After Carlsen accepted a broken pawn structure and a pawn-down endgame, the players agreed to a draw on move forty-nine.

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Remembering Kristallnacht Eighty Years Later

November 9, 2018

On the night of November 9, 1938 the deliberate persecution against Jews throughout Nazi Germany reached the point of physical beatings, incarceration, and murder. Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, is often referred to as the beginning of the Holocaust. On the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, Holocaust survivor and Portland-area chess player Charles Rotmil spoke at the Holocaust and Human Right Center of Maine in Augusta to remember this tragic chapter in human history.

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WCC R1: Caruana Holds 115-Move Draw

November 9, 2018

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana opened the World Chess Championship Match with a marathon 115-move draw. Carlsen was pressing with the black pieces to a point that the game was nearly won when Caruana engineered--with missed opportunities by the World Champion--a miraculous save. After dodging the critical phase when his position was nearly lost, Caruana simplified to a three vs two pawn and rook endgame. Try as he might, Carlsen could not convert his now miniscule advantage and offered a draw at move 115.

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Chess Madness at MCI Tournament Report

November 8, 2018

Maine Central Institute, a high school in Pittsfield, Maine, hosted its first US Chess rated tournament on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The tournament, dubbed Chess Madness at MCI by its organizers, attracted twenty-one players in three sections. Here's the illustrated tournament report.

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World Championship Match Preview

November 5, 2018

The first game of the World Chess Championship Match will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at The College on Southampton Row in London. Current World Champion Magnus Carlsen will attempt to defend his title against Challenger Fabiano Caruana. Here's the Match Preview with schedules, rules, and links.

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Bapst Fall Tournament Report

October 29, 2018

Fifty players turned out for the Bapst Fall Tournament played at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Tournament winners were Jarod Bryan (Open), Evan Smith (U1600), Andrew Demaris (U1200), and Tobias Coffey (U800). Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Cape Elizabeth National Chess Day Tournament Report

October 24, 2018

Twenty-four players competed in five sections at the Cape Elizabeth National Chess Day Tournament played at Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Winners were: Matthew Fishbein (Swiss 1), Oisin O'Searcoid (Swiss 2), Greg Hansel (Quad 1), Marco Hansel (Quad 2), and Zachary Brislin (Quad 3). Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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MECA Elections: A Call For Nominations

October 22, 2018

Would you like to become a decision-maker and help chart the course for the future of chess in Maine? Would you like to give back to the Maine chess community? Are you excited about the power of chess to reach out, teach, and unite? If so, please consider running for a spot on the Maine Chess Association Executive Board or Board of Directors!

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