The Candidates Tournament Approaching the Halfway Mark

March 17, 2018

Eight of the world's strongest chess players are in Berlin, Germany competing in the double round-robin Candidates Tournament from March 10-28, 2018. The winner of this tournament will earn the right to face Magnus Carlsen in a match for the World Championship to be played in London in November of 2018. After six of fourteen rounds, Fabiano Caruana and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov lead the field with 4.0 points.

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US Chess 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Awards

March 17, 2018

US Chess is offering five $1,500 awards to high school juniors and seniors as part of their 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer awards. Are you a high school junior or senior who has: played in 25 or more rated games in 2017, shown outstanding achievement in academics and chess, completed one year of chess-related community service since 9th grade, and can write a 500-word essay describing how being selected for this award will enable you to further your education, chess, and community service?

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The Maine Chess Pentathlon-a Nonfiction Essay

March 16, 2018

You may recall a recent post on referring to the six US Chess rated tournaments offered in Maine in a one-week period. That post hatched an idea in scholastic chess player Ben Mock: Why not play in all of them? contributor Elisabeth Fowlie Mock submitted this description of Ben's odyssey through the Maine Chess Pentathlon.

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Bapst Impromptu Swiss #9 Tournament Report

March 16, 2018

The 9th Bapst Impromptu Swiss tournament was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. These unique three-round Swisses with free entry fee are played on weeknight evenings in Bangor with a time control of G/25 d5. BIS #9 attracted 12 players and when the dust had cleared, Holbrook School 8th grader Benjamin Mock found himself at the top of the crosstable with a perfect 3.0 points.

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2018 State Scholastic Chess Team Championships Report

March 11, 2018

On March 10th, a whopping 375 scholastic chess players converged on the University of Maine Orono from all corners of the state to compete in the 2018 State Scholastic Chess Team Championships. State champions were decided in nine sections. Here's the illustrated tournament report with results and details.

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US Amateur Team East/World Amateur Team Report

March 4, 2018

On February 17-19, Matthew Fishbein was one of two Mainers to play in the US Amateur Team East/World Amateur Team tournament played in Parsippany, New Jersey. This 48th year of the hugely popular tournament, otherwise known as "The Team," had record attendance, with 326 teams and 1,377 total players from 28 states and several foreign countries. This is the largest non-scholastic tournament in the U.S., based on number of participants. Dan Fishbein has submitted this report.

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BAHSSCL Meet #2 Report

March 3, 2018

The second Bangor Area High School Scholastic Chess League meet of the season took place on Friday, March 2, 2018 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The three schools competing were: Bangor High School, Hermon High School, and John Bapst. Bill Hartt, Wyatt Hendrix, and Catherine Rudnicki each won both of their games to top the crosstable.

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All Saints Winter Warm-Up Tournament Report

March 2, 2018

A long-time fixture on the Maine scholastic chess scene, the All Saints Winter Warm-Up, organized and directed by Steve Wong, has traditionally attracted large numbers of scholastic (and non-scholastic) players hoping to hone their skills before the State Scholastic Team Chess Championships. This year's Winter Warm-Up attracted sixty players in three US Chess rated sections: Open, K-8, and K-6.

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Fishbein to Give 30-Board Simul at Bonny Eagle Middle School

February 25, 2018

National Master and Cape Elizabeth resident Matthew Fishbein is scheduled to give a 30-board Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The cost to enter is $5 per player and spectators are free. Pre-registration is available.

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Lincolnville Central School K-12 Tournament Report

February 24, 2018

Thirty-three players competed in the Lincolnville Central School K-12 tournament played in Lincolnville on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The event offered three sections in five divisions: K-1, Grade 2-3, Grade 4-6, Grade 7-8, and High School. Here's the richly illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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