Lance Beloungie is 2014 Maine Chess Player of the Year!

December 14, 2014

Congratulations to Lance Beloungie who has won the year-long 2014 Maine Chess Player of the Year competition. Beloungie played in seven player of the year tournaments and amassed 43.8 points to take clear first ahead of his nearest rival Roger Morin with 42.4 points. Class prizes were also awarded: Curt Brock finished third overall and won the Class B prize, Darrell Butler won Class C and Joseph Powell took Class D.

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Fishbein Tops Cheverus Quads

December 14, 2014

Cheverus High School in Portland hosted a quad tournament on Saturday, December 13th. Twelve players took part in three rated quads and five players participated in a non-rated quint. Cape Elizabeth High School student Matthew Fishbein scored a perfect 3.0 points in three games to take first in Quad 1. Bruce Sherwood scored 2.5 points in Quad 2 for the top spot there and Ben Peterson blanked his opponents to win Quad 3.

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10th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report

December 13, 2014

In its tenth year, the Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament broke an attendance record with forty-eight players competing in four USCF-rated sections---Open, U1400, U800 and U400. Edward Nevells (1765) tied for first with Aaron Spencer (2156) and Jarod Bryan (2216) in a fourteen-player field that contained four players rated over 2000. Tony Freudig won the U1400 section with 3.0 points in three games, and Gregg Wadsworth took top U1200 honors in that section. Cam Stewart won clear first in the U800 section with an unbeaten and untied performance. In the U400 section, there was a logjam at the top with four players posting 3.0 points: Ian Pomroy, Ben McIntire, Kai Diel, and Natalie Sheehan.

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Homeroom Chess: A Simple Solution for Intergrating Chess Into the Curriculum

December 3, 2014

From time to time we receive chess-related links and offers some of which are worthy to pass on to the ChessMaine.net community. The Homeroom Chess Curriculum certainly falls into this category. Dan Hronchek and his team at homeroomchess.com have put together a simple solution for teachers wishing to integrate chess into the curriculum. One of the many benefits is that it requires no chess experience from the teacher.

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Paul Wlodkowski Heads Back to Russia

November 30, 2014

Ellsworth Chess Club member and Maine Maritime Academy Engineering Professor Paul Wlodkowski will be heading to Russia this spring to conduct research and teach engineering courses at Admiral Mararov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping in St. Petersburg, Russia. Reporter Charles Eichacker caught up with Professor Wlodkowski and filed this report with the Ellsworth American.

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Fall Chess 2014 @ UMA Tournament Report

November 26, 2014

Twenty-eight players played in six sections at the Fall Chess 2014 @ UMA Tournament on Saturday, November 15th at the University of Maine at Augusta. Players were grouped by rating in four quads and two six-player sections. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 11

November 23, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent reviews Game 11 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G11: Carlsen Wins Game and Retains Title

November 23, 2014

In a dramatic finale, the World Chess Championship Match has ended with a win for the current champion Magnus Carlsen. Anand, playing the black pieces, did what he had to do in this game; he saw chances and tried to take advantage of them. He was better at move 23 then, perhaps overestimating his position or pressing too hard, he sacrificed the exchange for insufficient compensation. After that turn of events Carlsen, with a few deft touches, secured the point, match and title.

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IM Lawrence Trent Reviews WCC Game 10

November 21, 2014

International Master Lawrence Trent takes us through Game 10 of the World Chess Championship Match.

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WCC 2014 G10: Anand Nearly Cracks the Code; Game 10 Drawn

November 21, 2014

Carlsen chose to defend the challenger's Queen's Gambit with the Grunfeld. As is often true with the Grunfeld, it was a very sharp game with chances for both sides. GM Daniel King commented that Carlsen's opening choice today was very brave. Anand pressed and definitely had the better of the position but Carlsen defended splendidly. The result was an even rook and pawn endgame. The players agreed to split the point after white's 32nd move.

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