September Houlton Open Tournament Report

September 18, 2016

Seven players with an average rating of USCF 1811 competed in the September Houlton Open at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine on September 17th. A five-way tie for first ensued between Roger Morin, Alex Slive, Ray Haines, Cynthia Cui, and Nathan Gates. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstable.

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Chess Champs Documentary Screening in Deer Isle

August 31, 2016

A documentary film that features coach Dick Powell and follows the 2012-2013 season of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners chess team will be shown at the Reach Performing Arts Center (249 North Deer Isle Road) in Deer Isle, Maine at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9th. Admission is free and all are invited. For more information contact the local independent filmmaker Veronica Young at

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Luftballons Schach Tournament Report

August 29, 2016

Our on-the-scene reporter, Elizabeth Fowlie Mock, was at the Luftballons Schach tournament played in Auburn on August 21, 2016. She submitted this illustrated tournament report.

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Mainers at the 46th Continental Open

August 21, 2016

One of Maine's scholastic chess moms, Elizabeth Fowlie Mock, attended the 46th Continental Open in Sturbridge, Mass. recently with her son Benjamin. We thank her for submitting the following report including images and USCF crosstables.

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Will Ravn Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

August 21, 2016

The George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize was established to recognize and reward games that are both aesthetically pleasing and technically interesting. Soon after the Prize's inception, a generous donor contributed a significant amount of capital to reward the player of the brilliant game with a $100 check. After poring over games submitted to, our crack GCBP Committee has selected Will Ravn's game vs International Master David Vigorito, played at the Saco Open on July 9, 2016, as the winner for this quarter.

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Quasi Quick Chess Quads at Saco Valley Chess Club

August 14, 2016

Sixteen players nicely rounded out four quads in the Quasi Quick Chess Quads played at the Saco Valley Chess Club in Biddeford on August 9th, 2016. The quad winners were: Matthew Fishbein, Barry Magda, Jon Malev, and Nathan Dunn. The time control for this three-round event was Game in 15 minutes with a 10 second delay from move one. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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Ivanov Wins Saco Open

July 19, 2016

Twenty-four players competed in the Saco Open played on July 9-10 in Saco, Maine. Massachusetts resident GM Alexander Ivanov took first place in the open section with 3.5 points in four rounds. Here is the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and selected games.

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ChessMaine Interviews: J. Paul Ciarrocchi

July 5, 2016

We caught up with long-time Maine chess player J. Paul Ciarrocchi recently at the Championship. He was kind enough to grant us this entertaining and insightful interview. We thank Paul for the time and energy over the years that he has dedicated to the promotion of chess in Maine and for granting us this interview. We hope you enjoy it!

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Jarod Bryan Sweeps 10th Annual Championship

June 29, 2016

Twenty players competed in the 10th Annual Championship held on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel. Jarod Bryan was the only player to score 4.0 points in four games and that netted him first place in the open section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with images, crosstables and selected games from the event.

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In Memory of IM Danny Kopec

June 14, 2016

International Master Danny Kopec passed away on June 12th at the age of 62. In addition to being an International Master and chess author, Kopec was a professor at Brooklyn College who held a PhD in Machine Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He won back-to-back Maine State Championships in 1989 and 1990. IM Kopec was well known for his highly instructive and entertaining lectures on chess and many other topics. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends..

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