Roger Morin Wins Houlton Invitational

September 22, 2018

Six players competed in the Houlton Invitational Chess Tournament played at the Art Studio in Houlton on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Roger Morin went undefeated with two wins and two draws to take first place. Cynthia Cui and Ray Haines tied for second with 2.5 points apiece. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Happy 75th Birthday Dick Powell!

September 22, 2018

Former Deer Isle-Stonington chess organizer and coach Dick Powell celebrated his 75th birthday ay Flexit Café and Bakery in Ellsworth on Saturday, September 22, 2018. What better way for a chess coaching legend to mark this three-quarter century milestone than with a blitz chess tournament? We were there--with a camera!

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Crusader Cup Series 2018-2019 Standings After First Tournament

September 19, 2018

The first event in the Crusader Cup Series 2018-2019--the John Bapst End of Summer Tournament--is in the books and we have the current standings. There's a two-way tie for first and many competitors close on the leaders' heels.

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Matthew Fishbein Wins Saco Quick Chess Tournament

September 18, 2018

Chess comes in many forms: standard, 960, bughouse, and blindfold to name a few and many time controls: correspondence, standard, quick, blitz, and lightning. On Saturday, September 15, 2018, nineteen players gathered in Saco, Maine to try their hand at a six-round quick chess tournament with a time control of G/25 and a 3-second delay. When the dust cleared, Matthew Fishbein stood at the top of the crosstable with 5.5 points.

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Weatherbee Elementary School in Hampden Draws 80 Students for Chess Club Meeting

September 14, 2018

News Center Maine reporter Hannah Dineen writes that on the first chess club meeting of the year at Weatherbee Elementary School in Hampden, 80 students showed up an hour early to school to learn and play.

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The Ancient Game that Saved a Village

September 11, 2018

Always on the lookout for interesting chess-related information and stories, we bring you this article from the BBC Travel website: Our Unique World. It's the story of a small village in southwestern India that has experience a positive impact from the influences of chess. Our favorite quote from the article is attributed to the president of the Chess Association of Marottichal: "We don't watch television here; we play chess and talk to each other."

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Bapst End of Summer Tournament Report

September 9, 2018

The first tournament of the 2018-2019 Crusader Cup Series was played on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine. The Bapst End of Summer tournament attracted thirty-one players in four sections. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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In Memory: Gerald J. Dullea (1943-2018)

September 7, 2018

Former United States Chess Federation Executive Director and University of Maine English Professor Gerald Dullea passed away on July 29, 2018 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Gerry, along with his University of Maine colleague George Cunningham, ran a chess column in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News for two decades. They also hosted a thirteen-part television series on chess on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. We extend our sincerest condolences to Gerry's family and all those whose lives he touched.

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Alan Schalk Simul Draws Eight Players

September 7, 2018

National Chess Master and two-time Maine State Chess Champion Alan Schalk will held a free Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at the Wagon Wheel Campground in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Eight players were brave enough to test their mettle against the master. The results were a convincing 7-1 in favor of Schalk.

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Maine Chess Association Coaches' Communique

September 4, 2018

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley has penned the first Maine Chess Association Coaches' Communique. This letter to Maine Chess Coaches provides an update on scholastic chess in Maine, describes the rebirth of the Maine Girls' Championship and introduction of the Maine Women's Championship as well as offers support for chess coaches accross the state. Please help us by passing this on to any and all chess coaches and anyone interested in building scholastic chess in Maine. Thanks!

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