State Scholastic Individual Championships Tournament Report

March 22, 2015

This year's Maine State Scholastic Individual Chess Championships were played at the University of Maine Orono on Saturday, March 21st. State Champion titles were awarded in five categories: High School, High School U1200, Junior High School, K-6 and K-3. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and selected games coming soon.

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Saco Open Tournament Report

March 18, 2015

Twenty-eight players participated in the 2015 Saco Open played over the weekend of March 14-15 at the Hampton Inn in Saco, Maine. Two strong fields assembled in two sections: Open and U1750. GM Alexander Ivanov and IM David Vigorito shared the top spot in the Open with 3.5 points apiece--drawing with each other in round three. In the U1750 section, Dale Barkey and Mark Seedner posted an unbeaten 3.0 points to finish equal first. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crossables.

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Maine's Premier Screening of the Documentary Film Algorithms

March 15, 2015

Join us at the State Scholastic Individual Championships on Saturday, March 21st in the Memorial Union at the University of Maine Orono for Maine's premier screening of the 2014 film Algorithms. Algorithms is an inspiring documentary about the young blind chess players of India. The film will be run at noon, free of charge, in the lounge of the Memorial Union directly across from the information center. Algorithms has been described as beautiful to watch, engrossing, and a viewing pleasure.

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The Bobcat Lives Again Tournament Report

March 13, 2015

The Bobcat Lives Again Chess Tournament was played on March 3rd at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and attracted twenty players in two sections. Jarod Bryan topped the open section with 3.5 points and Mark Seedner won the combined U1600/U1200 section by the same score. Here's the tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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It's Official! MACC First in Small State Affiliate Standings

March 12, 2015

Each year the United States Chess Federation recognizes member affiliates in the following categories: Overall, Small State, and Individual Member. We are proud to announce that for the 2014 USCF Membership Appreciation Program the Maine Association of Chess Coaches (MACC), the organization that organizes and directs the state scholastic championships, has earned the top spot for generating new USCF memberships in the small state affiliate category. In addition, two other Maine affiliates: All Saints Catholic School and Airline Community School were also in the top ten.

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UMA Spring Quads Tournament Report

March 12, 2015

Four players competed in a "Super Quad" at the University of Maine at Augusta on Saturday, March 7th. Jarod Bryan came out on top with a perfect 3.0 points and William Ravn, Curt Brock, and Barry Magda all shared second place with 1.0 point. Here's the illustrated tournament report and USCF crosstable with images courtesy of Brian Roderick.

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State Scholastic Team Championships Tournament Report

March 8, 2015

Two hundred sixty-eight scholastic chess players descended on the University of Maine in Orono to play in the 2015 Maine State Scholastic Team Chess Championships on Saturday, March 7th. Players competed in nine sections and state titles were decided in the K-3, K-6, Junior High School and High School sections. Here's the extravagantly illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables coming soon.

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Generation Chess: Chess, MECA, and ChessMaine Featured in Maine's Sun Journal

March 8, 2015

Reporter Mark LaFlamme has put together a fascinating feature article in the Lewiston/Auburn Sun Journal about the state of chess in Maine. From Gorham, Maine to ancient India, and from palaces to federal prisons, Laflamme discusses the influence chess maintains on all who are involved with it.

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All Saints Winter Warm-Up Tournament Report

March 2, 2015

Over sixty 60 players competed in six sections at the 2015 All Saints Winter Warm-Up tournament hosted by All Saints School in Bangor on February 21st. There was a three-way tie for first in the open section between Jarod Bryan, Sergio Mejia and William Ravn. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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gofundme: Roger Peterson

February 23, 2015

Vietnam veteran, USCF life member, and Maine tournament player Roger Peterson has established a gofundme page to raise money for the publication of a lifelong book project. The book, one of a trilogy which has been in the works since 1975, includes mystery, intrigue, suspense, fast paced action, and murder. A portion of the proceeds from Roger's books will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and to help abused and neglected children.

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