Jarod Bryan Wins Sixth Maine Championship

April 13, 2014

Jarod Bryan won his sixth Maine Chess Championship this weekend at the Best Western Plus Grand Hotel in Waterville. Clear second was taken by Joseph Powell a Medomak High School freshman who turned in a stunning performance to post 4.0 points. His only loss was to the tournament's highest rated player Matthew Fishbein who shared third with Max Berube and John Brady. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and selected games.

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Blitz Chess Brunch Benefit in Blue Hill

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 6, the Blue Hill Consolidated School's chess team had a successful Blitz Chess Brunch Fundraiser. The Black Anchor Restaurant donated 60% of the proceeds to the team. The K-6 Maine State Championship team is raising money to attend the National Junior High Chess Championship in Atlanta later this month. There were about 100 people in attendance. Blue Hill students challenged the public to games of Blitz chess, and student musicians played their instruments for entertainment throughout the day. The team hopes to make this an annual event. The chess team thanks everyone who participated in this successful fundraiser!

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Freeport Open Tournament Report

April 9, 2014

Fifty-six players turned out to compete in the three-section 2014 Freeport Open played on March 30th. International Master David Vigorito shared first place in the Open section with Carther Theogene, Wesley Parker went unbeaten and untied in the U1800 section and Ben Amar and Carter Brock did the same in the U1300 section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game between the Open section winners.

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Anand Wins FIDE Candidates Tournament

March 30, 2014

The rematch is on. Vishy Anand has won the fourteen round FIDE Candidates Tournament held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia to select the challenger to World Champion Magnus Carlsen in a match scheduled for later this year. Sergey Karjakin finished in clear second while Levon Aronian, the tournament's highest rated player and de facto favorite to challenge Carlsen, finished a disappointing equal sixth.

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Mainers at the Eastern Class Championships

March 27, 2014

Of the 254 players competing in seven sections of the Eastern Class Championships on the weekend of March 14th, 2014 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, ten were from the great state of Maine. Aaron Spencer and Troy Franklin played in the Expert (2000-2199) section, Jim DuBois and John Phythyon played in the Class A (1800-1999) section, William Ravn, Curt Brock, Gabe Borland and Greg Anderson played in the Class B (1600-1799) section and Brian Hurst and Dan DeLuca tried their hand in the Class C (1400-1599) section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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More Chess in Maine's Print Media

March 27, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Maine's mainstream print media has been abuzz with chess in general and Matthew Fishbein in particular. We bring to your attention today two more articles--one appearing in the Bangor Daily News and The Forecaster, one in the Lincoln County News and yet another story in the Portland Press Herald--that are helping to get chess into our collective public consciousness.

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State Scholastic Individual Championships Tournament Report

March 24, 2014

Seventy-two scholastic chess players gathered at the University of Maine Memorial Union in Orono on March 22nd to duel for individual honors in K-3, K-6, K-8, and K-12 championship and Under 1200 sections. The hard-fought games often went down to the last moment of the allotted time. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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Surprise: Chess popularity rising among Maine's youth

March 23, 2014

On Sunday, March 22nd a front page article describing the rising popularity of chess among Maine's youth appeared in the Portland Press Herald--Maine's largest daily newspaper. We have linked the article here, the third mainstream media article this week focusing on chess in Maine, courtesy of the author Kelley Bouchard.

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Q&A With Chess Champ Matthew Fishbein

March 19, 2014

A recent article appeared in the online magazine Current interviewing Matthew Fishbein currently the highest rated player in Maine. We reproduce the article, written by Kate Irish Collins, for your enjoyment.

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Former DISES Chess Player Takes Blue Hill Team to State Championships

March 18, 2014

Former Deer Isle-Stonington chess player Cameron Wendell took the Blue Hill Consolidated School K-6 team to first place at the state team chess championships. The following article by Anne Berleant was originally published in the (Blue Hill, Maine) Weekly Packet on March 13, 2014.

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