Bold.org Offers $1,000 One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship

November 11, 2019

Bold.org, an online student scholarship platform where anyone can create a customized scholarship, fellowship, or grant, has created a $1,000 One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship available to Maine students. Dror Liebenthal the co-founder and CEO of Bold.org writes, "We are awarding $1,000 in scholarship funding to chess players at any education level whose experience playing chess has influenced their life/career goals in some way."

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MECA Executive Board Director Nominations Wanted

November 5, 2019

The Maine Chess Association is seeking nominations for the position of Executive Board Director. Please help us promote chess in Maine and beyond by considering serving the Maine Chess Association as an Executive Board Director. The primary responsibilities of the one-year Director positions are to attend online MECA meetings, work for the success of MECA programs, and represent MECA members. If you would like to nominate someone for the Director position, please do so in an email to MECA president Mike Dudley at mainechesspresident@gmail.com. Thank you!

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Maritime Chess Festival Tournament Report

October 21, 2019

Over the weekend of October 11-14, 2019, the Maritime Chess Festival took place in the beautiful community of Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The Festival, which offered five separate tournaments: Blitz, Open, Junior, Amateur, and Senior as well as other chess-related and sightseeing events, went off swimmingly thanks to the hard work and dedication of many. Particular thanks and kudos go to the Festival's chief organizer Fred McKim of the Maritime Chess Center in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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U.S. to Field Chess Team at 2019 Winter Deaflympics

October 20, 2019

The United States will enter a team in the first-ever Deaflympics to include chess as a sport. Sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 2019 Deaflympics, to be held at three locations in northern Italy in December of this year, will host hundreds of athletes from over two dozen countries competing in six sports: alpine skiing, chess, cross country skiing, curling, ice hockey, and snowboarding.

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Purchasing Roger Morin's Artwork

October 12, 2019

Former Maine State Champion, organizer, director, coach, and artist Roger Morin, who passed away on July 8th, left a large number of his original artworks in The Art Studio at 102 Court Street in Houlton, Maine. On Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. his artworks, many of which are chess themed, will be available for purchase.

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Cape Elizabeth Open and Scholastic Tournament Report

October 4, 2019

The Cape Elizabeth Open and Scholastic was played Saturday September 28th, at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth. The event offered three sections--Open, U1200, and non-rated novice--and attracted twenty-two players in the rated sections. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Saco Valley Chess Club in Search of Match Play

September 22, 2019

Match play between chess clubs in Maine is part of our state's rich chess tradition. Two members of the Saco Valley Chess Club in Biddeford would like to re-kindle interest in chess club match play. Do you run a club or know of one that might be interested in club matches? If so, please contact Alan Schalk or Joe Wrba.

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Bapst End of Summer Tournament Report

September 19, 2019

On September 14th, thirty-three players bid summer adieu at the John Bapst Memorial High School End of Summer Tournament. The G/45 +5 event featured three sections: Open, U1500, and U1000. Here's is the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Roger J Morin Memorial Tournament Report

September 8, 2019

The Roger J Morin Memorial Tournament held on Sunday, September 8th at the University of Maine Orono, honored former Maine Chess Champion, artist, teacher, and friend Roger Morin who passed away on July 8, 2019. One of the goals of the tournament was to establish the Roger J Morin Scholarship Fund which will provide support for Maine chess players pursuing higher education. Thirty-four players competed in three sections. Winners were Jarod Bryan (Open), Zach Brislin and Joshua Starbird (U1600), and John Hoang (U1000). Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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New Chess Table Installed on Brewer Waterfront

September 6, 2019

A new chess table has been installed on the Brewer Riverwalk Trail thanks to the kind generosity of Steve Wong and the Creative Arts Center.

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