January Houlton Open Tournament Report

January 24, 2015

Four Houlton tournament stalwarts turned out for the January Houlton Open at the Art Studio in Houlton. Ray Haines won his first two games and that was enough despite a last round loss to Roger Hardison. Trailing the leader was Roger Morin and Lance Beloungie with 1.5 points and Roger Hardison with 1.0 point.

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Panel Discussion: "The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp" at Bowdoin College

January 17, 2015

Bowdoin College will be hosting a panel discussion entitled, "The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp" on Wednesday, January 21st from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center in Kresge Auditorium at the College's Brunswick campus. Considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp helped reshape the way art is practiced and understood. Come hear how a scholar, a museum director, and a conservator understand and interpret the legacy and importance of this transformative figure. If you can't make it in person, never fear, the discussion will be streamed live on the Internet.

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2015 Starts With a Bang! The John Bapst New Year's Tournament Report

January 14, 2015

A whopping sixty-two players came out to compete in Maine's first USCF event of the year. The John Bapst New Year's Chess Tournament in Memory of Bob Solinger was held on Sunday, January 11th at the school's campus on Broadway in Bangor. If this event is any indication, 2015 will be a great year for chess in Maine! Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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Save the Boston Globe Chess Column!

January 4, 2015

Recently, the Boston Globe became the latest publication to join the unfortunate trend of chess column cancellation. The Globe announced that the column's long and historic run of over 60 years would soon be coming to a close depriving readers of Boylston Chess Club stalwarts Harold Dondis and Chris Chase's regular writings.

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The Best of ChessMaine.net 2014

December 31, 2014

And what a year it was! Another Chess Journalists of America Best State Website Award, a partnering with Chess24 to bring you live daily coverage of the Carlsen-Anand World Chapmionship Match, thirty USCF-rated tournaments, some of which set attendance records, and much more! A heartfelt thanks to the Maine chess community for your enthusiasm and continued support over the course of the year. We wish you Happy Holidays and all the best in chess and life in 2015!

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Sam Sevian, 13, from Sturbridge, Mass. is Youngest U.S. Chess Grandmaster

December 29, 2014

Sam Sevian, at the age of 13, has become the youngest U.S. chess grandmaster. Boston Globe reporter Stan Grossfeld paints us a picture of the prodigy and examines Sevian's lofty goal to become world chess champion.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

December 21, 2014

Matthew Fishbein and Phil Lowell had an opportunity to play each other in a USCF-rated game at the Cheverus High School Quad tournament in Portland on December 13, 2014. This was the first encounter between these two players that resulted in a win for the apprentice--USCF-rated 2164 Matthew Fishbein. We bring you the game with annotations by Phil Lowell.

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Lance Beloungie is 2014 Maine Chess Player of the Year!

December 14, 2014

Congratulations to Lance Beloungie who has won the year-long 2014 Maine Chess Player of the Year competition. Beloungie played in seven player of the year tournaments and amassed 43.8 points to take clear first ahead of his nearest rival Roger Morin with 42.4 points. Class prizes were also awarded: Curt Brock finished third overall and won the Class B prize, Darrell Butler won Class C and Joseph Powell took Class D.

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Fishbein Tops Cheverus Quads

December 14, 2014

Cheverus High School in Portland hosted a quad tournament on Saturday, December 13th. Twelve players took part in three rated quads and five players participated in a non-rated quint. Cape Elizabeth High School student Matthew Fishbein scored a perfect 3.0 points in three games to take first in Quad 1. Bruce Sherwood scored 2.5 points in Quad 2 for the top spot there and Ben Peterson blanked his opponents to win Quad 3.

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10th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report

December 13, 2014

In its tenth year, the Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament broke an attendance record with forty-eight players competing in four USCF-rated sections---Open, U1400, U800 and U400. Edward Nevells (1765) tied for first with Aaron Spencer (2156) and Jarod Bryan (2216) in a fourteen-player field that contained four players rated over 2000. Tony Freudig won the U1400 section with 3.0 points in three games, and Gregg Wadsworth took top U1200 honors in that section. Cam Stewart won clear first in the U800 section with an unbeaten and untied performance. In the U400 section, there was a logjam at the top with four players posting 3.0 points: Ian Pomroy, Ben McIntire, Kai Diel, and Natalie Sheehan.

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