15th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report

January 27, 2020

In the out-of-the-way hamlet of Aurora, Maine (population: not many) the Airline Community School has been hosting the Aurora Winter Solstice Chess Tournament for fifteen consecutive years. This year's event featured four sections and forty-three players. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables

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Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament Report

January 13, 2020

A whopping eighty-four players turned out for Maine's first chess tournament of the year. The four round four section Bob Solinger Memorial was played on Saturday, January 11th at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Top finishers were: Open Tristan Cousineau, U1500 Ben Penfold and Kevin Lin, U1000 Jacob Klein, U600 Rachel Norment and Emma Eckert. The tournament remembers and honors former John Bapst chess team coach Bob Solinger who passed away on September 23, 2011.

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Prolific Chess Author and Publisher Bob Long Killed in his Home

January 12, 2020

We are deeply shocked and saddened to report the murder of author, publisher, and well-known chess personality Bob Long. Bob was a one-of-a-kind pioneer in the world of chess who dedicated his life to doing what he loved. As a chess expert, organizer, director, author, publisher, sharp-witted colleague, friend, and the list goes on, Bob was an indefatigable icon. He will be deeply missed by the many, many friends whose lives he touched.

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The Chess Games of Ray Haines

January 10, 2020

Author Tim Sawyer has put together a new book entitled Chess Games of Ray Haines. Ray is a lifelong tournament player who lives in northern Maine. From the Introduction: This book is dedicated to the unsung heroes who keep playing chess year after year. They are our frequent opponents in clubs or online. Few people know their names, however our passion for chess suffers without regular opponents for us to play. The book contains 150 of Ray Haines's games grouped in 10 chapters by opening. It's available on Amazon.

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In Memory: Benjamin Deschesne

January 7, 2020

Benjamin Deschesne, an alumnus of John Bapst and former scholastic chess player, passed away unexpectedly while away at college. Benjamin studied jazz at Rowan College in Glassboro, New Jersey, and continued to play chess actively while working on his studies. He was 19.

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Maine Chess Journal 1st Edition

January 1, 2020

As the new year begins, we are delighted to bring you the 1st Edition of the Maine Chess Journal. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Maine Chess Association Secretary Wyatt Hendrix, this publication has now become a reality. We hope you enjoy the Journal and consider becoming a contributor to future editions!

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MECA Election Results

January 1, 2020

The Maine Chess Association Executive Board election has concluded and we have the results. Thanks to all the candidates and all those who participated in the election. Please feel free to make your ideas, thoughts, and concerns regarding the Maine Chess Association known to members of the Executive Board. Wishing you all the best for 2020!

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Cape Elizabeth December Swiss Tournament Report

December 27, 2019

On December 7, 2019, forty-seven players converged on Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth for a three section Swiss tournament. Isaac Dinnerstein took first in the Open section, Eric Dinnerstein topped the U1200 section and Dylan Miller-Barrett (3.0), Samuel Coldwell (3.0), and Joshua Barrett tied for first in the U800 section.

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USA Deaf Hockey Wins Gold and Deaflympics has Closing Ceremony

December 21, 2019

Team USA Hockey won gold by beating Canada 7-3 in the last game of the 2019 Winter Deaflympics in Chiavenna, Italy. Immediately following the game, the Closing Ceremony that ended the Deaflympics was held. We bring you our final report from Italy.

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Deaflympics Team Chess Rounds 7-9: Kazakhstan, Germany, and Croatia Finish Equal First

December 21, 2019

The 19th Winter Deaflympics chess tournament has concluded with a three-way tie for first. By the narrowest of margins, Kazakhstan edged out Germany on game point tiebreaks to bring home the gold medal. Germany took silver and Croatia bronze. The women's tournament was won by Ukraine, followed by Russia, and Poland. The American team had some exciting victories in both the Blitz and Standard tournaments but in the end finished well out of medal contention.

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