2015 State Scholastic Chess Championship Dates Announced

October 19, 2014

Mark your calendars! The dates of the 2015 State Scholastic Chess Championship at the University of Maine in Orono are: Teams March 7th, (snow date March 14th) and Individuals March 21st. The Maine Association of Chess Coaches (MACC) had their semi-annual planning meeting on Saturday, October 18th at UMO to determine the dates of the tournament and take care of the many details involved in hosting the largest chess event in the state. The next MACC meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th at the Memorial Union at UMO. All chess coaches are welcomed and invited to attend.

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Rob Shore Makes Major Donation to ChessMaine.net Library

October 18, 2014

Longtime USCF member, tournament player, and resident of Sidney, Maine, Rob Shore has donated over 100 chess books and over 50 chess DVD's to the ChessMaine.net library. Rob's generous donation brings the library's holdings to nearly 400 chess-related titles. We will add these new arrivals to the library link. We extend a huge thank you to Rob for his philanthropic contribution to the library. If you are interested in making a literary donation of a single book or an entire collection to the ChessMaine.net library please contact us.

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U.S. Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess 6th Edition

October 13, 2014

The latest edition of the USCF's Official Rules of Chess is hot off the press and available for purchase from a number of outlets. There have been quite a few major and minor changes and we urge all tournament directors and players to get a copy of this book and familiarize themselves with the updated official rules of our great game.

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Morin Wins National Chess Day Tourament in Brewer

October 12, 2014

Twenty players celebrated National Chess Day at the Brewer Community School on October 11th, 2014. Roger Morin won the open section with 3.5 points and Adam Gagnon blanked his opponents in the U1000 section with a perfect 4.0 points to take first. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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Sergio Mejia Sweeps Aurora Equinox Tournament

September 28, 2014

FIDE-rated player Sergio Mejia from Guatemala went 3-0 to win the open section of the Aurora Autumnal Equinox tournament played at the Airline Community School in Aurora on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. Twenty-five players in two sections competed in this Maine Chess Player of the Year event. In the U1200 section, John Bapst High School freshman Zack Grindal took first with 4-0 and Airline School's own Sean Neal won the top U600 prize with a 3-1 performance. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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Does Chess Still Matter? NPR's On Point Takes a Look

September 24, 2014

Once upon a time, chess - the game of kings - was huge in America. Bobby Fischer was world champ, and the chess champ of the world was on the cover of Time, Sports Illustrated. Then the Cold War ended, video games moved in, and chess went off the radar. Maybe we should bring it back. There is incredible stuff going on in the world of chess, and around it. Aliens, oligarchs, Norwegians, Las Vegas, Vladimir Putin and an Italian superstar named Fabiano. This hour On Point: Checkmate. The wild, wonderful -- and these days, much-ignored -- world of chess. --Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point.

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Stillwater Montessori School Seeks Players and Volunteers

September 22, 2014

The Stillwater Montessori School in Orono is starting the new academic year with a call to chess players, parents and volunteers. Chess will be taught as part of the school curriculum and an after school chess program will be offered on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. If you need reasons to get involved with the Royal Game read on!

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MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair

September 21, 2014

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts its annual Common Ground Country Fair on the third weekend of September. MOFGA's flagship event attracts nearly 60,000 visitors each year and brings together so many people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. So what's this got to do with chess?

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Ellsworth Chess Club Defeats Bangor in a Seven-Board Match

August 28, 2014

On Wednesday evening August 27th at the Ellsworth Public Library, the Ellsworth Chess Club upset the Bangor Chess Club 8-6 in a seven-board, two-games-each match despite missing five of their top ten chess players. There will be a return match in September in Bangor at BAM! Bookstore.

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Twenty-Four Hours in Fredericton, New Brunswick

August 25, 2014

On a recent trip to Fredericton, New Brunswick we discovered this delightful French cafe with an interesting name. Inquiring on the origin of the name over tea and cream-filled fruit pastries we were informed that during renovation of the space a single chess piece was found on a windowsill. In addition, Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe is located on Queen Street in the heart of downtown Fredericton, just a few blocks from King Street and Bishop Street.

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