Jarod Bryan Sweeps 10th Annual ChessMaine.net Championship

June 29, 2016

Twenty players competed in the 10th Annual ChessMaine.net 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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13-Year-Old Maine Girl to Wield Sabre in National Competition

June 3, 2016

Maine scholastic chess player Erin Gerbi has qualified for the Summer Nationals of the U.S. Fencing Association. She is the only Maine youth to qualify for this tournament. Erin, who just turned thirteen, has been fencing since she was nine and has represented the Stillwater Montessorri School in Old Town at state scholastic chess tournaments. We wish her the best of luck at the Fencing Summer Nationals.

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Tom Sandford Retires from UMaine after 35 Years of Service

May 23, 2016

The University of Maine Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honored Professor Tom Sandford with a retirement party on May 20, 2016 to thank him for his thirty-five years of dedicated service to the University, engineering education, and the field of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. The ChessMaine.net community knows Tom as a tireless advocate of chess in Maine. He has served as a tournament director and organizer for many years and is a fierce over-the-board competitor. We wish Tom all the best in his retirement!

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Correspondence Chess from the Sports Illustrated Archives

May 23, 2016

A ChessMaine.net reader found an article from a 1980 Sports Illustrated article in which a Maine correspondence chess player is quoted. We bring you the article in its entirety in our efforts to document all things chess in Maine.

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Benjamin Mock Competes in the National Elementary (K-6) Championship

May 11, 2016

Ben Mock made the trek out to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the National Elementary (K-6) Championship. His mom, Elizabeth, submitted this thoughtful, intimate report of their experience at the tournament. Elizabeth also took some photos while at the event and she was kind enough to share these with us as well. We hope you enjoy this tournament report given from a parent's perspective.

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Sergio Mejia Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

May 5, 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 ChessMaine.net, our crack GCBP Committee has selected Sergio Mejia's game vs Brian Hurst, played at the Maine State Championship on April 10, 2016, as the winner for this quarter.

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Fabiano Caruana and Nazi Paikidze are US Champions

May 2, 2016

Fabiano Caruana topped a stellar field of grandmasters including Hikaru Nakamura, Wesly So, Gata Kamsky and others to win the US Championship played at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on April 13-30. In the Women's Championship, International Master Nazi Paikidze, the only player without a single loss, took first with 8.5/11.

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Fishbein Goes 5/5 to Win Maine Closed Championship!

April 10, 2016

Matthew Fishbein has won the 2016 Maine Closed Championship and with it the title of 2016 State Champion with a perfect score of 5.0 points in five games. This is Fishbein's third Maine Championship win but the first as sole winner. In 2012 he tied with Jarod Bryan and Aaron Spencer and in 2013 he tied with Ruben Babayan and Joshua Quint. Here's the illustrated tournament report.

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Cape Elizabeth Chess Team Featured in the Current

April 8, 2016

The Cape Elizabeth High School chess team has been featured in the online journal Current. After an impressive victory at the scholastic team championships in March, Matthew Fishbein, Cape's top board, has played in his last Maine scholastic championship. Taking Fishbein's place on board one for Cape Elizabeth in academic year 2016-2017 will be Wesley Parker, currently the second highest-rated scholastic player in the state.

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