Wyatt Hendrix Runs the Table at Friday Night Blitz

December 11, 2018

Wyatt Hendrix turned in an impressive performance by leveled the competition at the Friday Night Blitz tournament in Bangor with ten wins without a single loss or draw. Six players competed in the Game in 5 minute event with no delay or increment hosted by John Bapst Memorial High School on Friday, December 7, 2018. Ben Mock was two points off the break-neck pace of the winner scoring 8.0 points.

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Vote in the Maine Chess Association Election

December 8, 2018

The Maine Chess Association asks for your participation in this year's election. A link to the official ballot will be live on this post until 8:00 p.m. eastern U.S. time Friday, December 14, 2018. Voters must be MECA members and provide their name and email address although this information will remain confidential. If you are not a member of the Maine Chess Association, you can join >>HERE.<< The link to the official MECA Ballot can be found >>HERE.<<

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14th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report

December 8, 2018

Fifty-nine players competed in five sections at the 14th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice tournament held on Saturday, December 8th at the Airline Community School in Aurora. The winners were: Nathan Gates (Open), Tristan Cousineau (U1600), Ben Penfold (U1200), Kenneth Park (U800), and Jacob Van de Sande (U400). Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Nova Scotia Chess Association Newsletter December 2018

December 7, 2018

Lloyd Lombard, Secretary and Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Chess Association and Editor of the NSCA Newsletter shares with us the December 2018 edition of the Newsletter. Also included is Lloyd's cover letter which is itself chock full of interesting chess-related material. We hope you enjoy the Newsletter and we encourage you to get on Lloyd's email list.

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Cape Elizabeth Quads Tournament Report

December 2, 2018

Twenty-four players from five area school competed in the Cape Elizabeth Quads tournament held at Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Matthew Fishbein Cracks 2300

December 2, 2018

Matthew Fishbein has had a great year of chess in 2018. After winning the State Championship in April, Fishbein's US Chess rating has continued to steadily rise and has now reached a career-high 2308. As far as we know, this establishes him as the second-highest rated native Mainer just behind Jarod Bryan's career high of 2343 and ahead of Stanley Elowitch's 2300.

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In Memory: Ruth Haring (1955-2018)

December 1, 2018

Former United States Chess Federation president and native Mainer Ruth Haring died on November 29th at the age of 63. Haring was a Women's International Master, the current FIDE Zonal President for the United States, and was on Nigel Short's FIDE presidential ticket for the office of General Secretary. Although Short's ticket did not win, Haring was elected to the FIDE ethics committee. We extend our condolences to Ruth Haring's family and friends.

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Magnus Carlsen Wins World Championship Match

November 28, 2018

Magnus Carlsen has won the World Chess Championship Match contested in London in a dramatic rapid chess playoff. Dominating Fabiano Caruana by winning Games 1 and 2 of the rapid playoff, Carlsen needed only a draw in Game 3 to retain his title. Caruana, needing to win, artificially prolonged Game 3 which left the door open for Carlsen to press and win the game and the Match.

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World Championship Tiebreak Preview

November 27, 2018

What if the World Championship Match is decided in rapid or blitz games? That once hypothetical query has now become a reality. Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 28th, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are scheduled to play rapid and, if necessary, blitz games to decide the title. GM Maxim Dlugy gives us a preview of the World Championship Playoff in his column The Blitz Wisperer for New in Chess Magazine.

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WCC R12: It's on to Tiebreaks

November 26, 2018

Game 12 of the World Chess Championship Match in London between current World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Fabiano Caruana ended in an unprecedented twelfth draw. This is the first match in the history of World Chess Championships in which all games were drawn. The Match now moves on to the Playoff portion--and the schedule has changed as tomorrow is a rest day--which will begin at 10:00 a.m. eastern U.S. on Wednesday, November 28th.

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