Partners with for Chess in Maine Schools Initiative

February 20, 2017 has partnered with to help establish and maintain scholastic chess programs in schools across the state. A kid-friendly, safe site with no ads, is the online gold standard for teaching children (of all ages!) the game in an interactive, entertaining, and fun way. We are thrilled to team up with this outstanding organization to help bring chess programs to more schools in Maine through the Chess in Maine Schools initiative.

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In Memory: Dahlov Ipcar

February 18, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of American painter, illustrator, author, Maine resident, and chess player Dahlov Ipcar. Ipcar competed in the National Chess Day 2011 tournament at Bowdoin College at the age of ninety-three. She met her husband, Adolph, when he came to Maine in the summer of 1932. From that first encounter, she remembered this: We spent the summer together, fishing, riding horses -- Adolph rode our big black workhorse -- and exploring the woods and shore. We also played chess on rainy days, though I was a very poor player and he was a good one.

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Maine's Newest Chess Club: VFW Post 4298 Dexter

February 18, 2017

Learning of the many benefits of chess for seniors and veterans, the Commander of the Shirley B. Carter VFW Post 4298 in Dexter, Maine, David Iverson, reached out to for support, advice, and technical assistance in establishing a chess club at the Post. The club has come into being and meets at the VFW Post at 20 Cedar Street in Dexter on Friday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information see our Clubs page or contact David directly at

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Introducing the Chess in Maine Schools Initiative

February 13, 2017 is pleased to announce the Chess in Maine Schools Initiative. We all know that chess teaches creative problem solving, and fosters concentration, critical thinking, and positive self-esteem. We have seen firsthand the overwhemingly positive effects of scholastic chess programs on Maine's children particularly in rural and underserved areas. Now we are leveraging these insights to bring chess programs to eligible K-12 schools in Maine. Our first step has been the creation of a GoFundMe page. We hope you will consider contributing to Chess in Maine Schools.

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Fort O'Brien Tournament Report

February 11, 2017

Sandwiched between two major snow storms and smack dab in the middle of a minor one, the Fort O'Brien Chess Tournament, held in Machiasport, Maine on Saturday, February 11th, 2017, attracted twenty-three brave and resilient chess competitors. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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Robert Bridgham Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

February 10, 2017

Established by and funded by a generous anonymous donor, the George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize was created to remember and honor one of the most influential figures in Maine chess history and to recognize games played in the state that evoke a certain harmony and aesthetic. The winner of the Prize for the three-month period November 2016 - January 2017 is Robert Bridgham for his game vs Roger Morin at the IM Danny Kopec UMaine Memorial Tournament played on November 19th in Orono. For recognition of Robert's play in this exciting game, he will receive $100. Congratulations Robert!

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Third Ellsworth K-8 Chess Afternoon

February 9, 2017

The third and final Ellsworth K-8 Chess Afternoon of the 2016-17 season was held at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Despite many schools canceling or delaying classes because of snow, chess players turned out in good numbers to gain experience and sharpen their skills before the upcoming state scholastic championships to be held at the University of Maine in Orono on Saturday, March 11th.

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Happy Birthday Boris Spassky

January 29, 2017

Boris Vasilievich Spassky celebrates his 80th birthday today. He was born in Leningrad on January 29, 1937 and is the oldest living former World Champion. Known for his universal style, Spassky seemed to always be solid and unshakable but battled self doubt throughout his career. He said of himself, "I believe in truth at the chessboard, but down deep I lack faith in myself." His stellar chess achievements highlight the axiom that the actions of confidence precede the feelings of confidence. Happy Birthday Boris Vasilievich!

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USCF-Rated Chess is back in Washington County! Come Play on 2/11/17!

January 28, 2017

It's been over eight years since a USCF-rated tournament has been held in Washington County, Maine. The last was the St. Croix Valley International on August 16, 2008. That long dry spell is about to end. has teamed up with Fort O'Brien School in Machiasport to organize a five-section rated tournament with the same format as the very successful Aurora Winter Solstice tournaments (now entering their thirteenth year).

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18th Annual MLK Jr. Day Chess Tournament Report

January 19, 2017

The folks at Stillwater Montessori School continue to host this great annual event now in its 18th year! Kudos to organizer Joe Alex and his staff and director Steve Wong for their dedication, endurance, and commitment to serving the chess players of Maine. Fifty-one players turned up for this four-section (one of which was non-rated) tournament. In the Open, Bill Hartt and Joseph Astumian finished equal first with 3.0 points. Vetri Vel was alone at the top of the K-12 section with 3.5 points. In the K-8 section. Sam Slavin and Tommaso Wheeler shared first and Sarah Means won the non-rated K-6 section.

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