Impressions of the Polgar from Maine's Representative

July 23, 2014

Bethany Humphrey represented the state of Maine at the Polgar National Invitational for Girls played earlier this month at Webster University in St. Louis. Bethany is back from the tournament and has filed this report of her experiences including one of her games.

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Two Chess Players Needed for Live Match in Bowdoinham

July 17, 2014

Peggy Muir, the 2014 Chair of the Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham, is looking for two experienced chess players to play an exhibition match with live chess pieces at their Wonderland Doll Tea Party on Sunday, August 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Center will have a huge board and children to be chess pieces (with appropriate head gear). Please contact Peggy directly at (207) 666-3426 or visit the Merrymeeting Arts Center.

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Bethany Humphrey Turns in Strong Performance at Susan Polgar Invitational in St. Louis

July 16, 2014

Maine's representative to the Susan Polgar National Invitational tournament for girls finished the six-round tournament with 3.0 points. Bethany Humphrey conceded only one loss in the event, scoring four draws and a win and outpacing her pre-tournament rating by more than 300 points! Congratulations to Bethany on her fine performance. Here's the illustrated tournament report. (When Bethany returns from St. Louis she will file a report for with her impressions of the tournament and games.)

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Waynflete School Seeking Chess Instructor

July 14, 2014

The Waynflete School in Portland is seeking an instructor for its new chess club for grades 3-5. The club will meet from September 8th - November 14th from 3:15-4:30 on Tuesdays after school. The compensation is $450 for the trimester, with the hope that the club will also meet for the winter and spring trimesters. For more information please contact Waynflete's Director of Enrichment Rachael Thrash at (207) 774-5721 x1379 or via email at

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Ted Belanoff Wins 2014 Championship

July 14, 2014

Ted Belanoff, a master from New York, took his opponents out in succession to score a perfect 4.0 points in four games at the 2014 Championship contested at Colby College on June 29th. Jarod Bryan, Matthew Fishbein and Lance Beloungie managed 2.5 points and tied for 2nd-4th place in the open section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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May Houlton Open Tournament Report

June 3, 2014

Eight players convened on May 31st, 2014 at the Art Studio in Houlton to compete in the May Houlton Open. This three round, G/75 Maine Chess Player of the Year Tournament was won by Roger Morin with a perfect 3.0 points in three games. He was followed by Ray Haines and Lance Beloungie who both scored 2.0 points. Here's the tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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Maine Chess Academy Chessnotes Vol. 1, No. 1

May 4, 2014

Here's an updated newsletter from our friends at the Maine Chess Academy in Portland. The Academy is making great strides promoting chess in Maine. Two highlights of their activities are meetings with Portland City Counselor Ed Suslovik and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk as well as a planned Chess Festival at the Portland Expo on June 7th.

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Blue Hill Chess Team Wins Trophy at Nationals

May 4, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia. Blue Hill Consolidated School's Chess Team came home victorious at the National Junior High Scholastic Chess Championships held on April 25-27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The first year team took home the 18th place trophy, with 56 teams competing from across the country, in the K-8 Under 750 Division. BHCS recently formed the team in November 2013, and on March 8, 2014, the team became the Maine State Scholastic Chess Champions in the K-6 Championship Division.

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Jarod Bryan Wins Sixth Maine Championship

April 13, 2014

Jarod Bryan won his sixth Maine Chess Championship this weekend at the Best Western Plus Grand Hotel in Waterville. Clear second was taken by Joseph Powell a Medomak High School freshman who turned in a stunning performance to post 4.0 points. His only loss was to the tournament's highest rated player Matthew Fishbein who shared third with Max Berube and John Brady. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and selected games.

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Blitz Chess Brunch Benefit in Blue Hill

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 6, the Blue Hill Consolidated School's chess team had a successful Blitz Chess Brunch Fundraiser. The Black Anchor Restaurant donated 60% of the proceeds to the team. The K-6 Maine State Championship team is raising money to attend the National Junior High Chess Championship in Atlanta later this month. There were about 100 people in attendance. Blue Hill students challenged the public to games of Blitz chess, and student musicians played their instruments for entertainment throughout the day. The team hopes to make this an annual event. The chess team thanks everyone who participated in this successful fundraiser!

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