Fort Fairfield Quad Report

October 5, 2015

On July 11th a quad tournament was held in one of the northernmost hamlets of Maine--Fort Fairfield. Four players competed in the rated section and a four-game unrated match was also contested. Highest-rated Ray Haines walked away with first in the rated section scoring a perfect 3.0 points. In the unrated match, Lois Morin outplayed Nancy Beloungie with a score of 3-1. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstable.

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The Film Pawn Sacrifice Reviewed in Kennebec Journal

October 4, 2015

Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire. Pawn Sacrifice is what J.P. Devine calls, "the first stunning surprise of autumn." Here's the full review.

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Matthew Fishbein and Ian Youth Compete at Denker and Barber Tournaments

September 25, 2015

Matthew Fishbein and Ian Youth represented Maine at the 2015 Denker Tournament of High School Champions and 2015 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions played in Phoenix, Arizona on August 1-4. This tournament brings together state champions from around the country and the competition, as you can imagine, is very stiff. Matthew turned in a fine performance with 3.0 points in six rounds as did Ian who scored 2.5 points. Matthew's dad, Dan Fishbein, submitted this report.

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Jarod Bryan Victorious at Championship

July 2, 2015

Jarod Bryan swept the field to take first in the Open section at the Championship played at Colby College in Waterville on Saturday, June 27th. Joe Powell, Frank Collemer, and Ben Amar shared the top spot in the U1550 section and Bill Hartt was all alone at the top of the U1250 section with a perfect 4.0 points in four games.

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Setting the Record Straight on Blindfold Chess

June 6, 2015

After reading our recent article on the blindfold chess players at the Ellsworth Chess Club, one reader felt compelled to write and express her opinion. She sent the following information and images to, in her words, "...set the record straight!"

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Ellsworth Chess Club Hosts Blindfold Competition

May 31, 2015

The Ellsworth Chess Club hosted a blindfold chess competition during two of their May meetings. The event was featured in the May 28th edition of the Ellsworth American newspaper. Here's the link to the full article by staff writer Taylor Vortherms with images.

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Cheverus High School Competes at Nationals

May 20, 2015

Students from Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine competed in the National High School Championship in Columbus, Ohio on April 10-12, 2015. Cheverus fielded two teams and took 32nd place in the U1600 section 15th in the unrated section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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Presque Isle May Tournament Report

May 14, 2015

There was a four-player rated section and a six player non-rated section at the Presque Isle May Tournament held on May 9th, 2015. Roger Morin won the quad with a perfect three for three. We bring you images, USCF crosstables, and two interesting games from this event.

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Player of the Year Current Standings

May 7, 2015

After three tournaments in the 2015 Maine Chess Player of the Year competition two players are tied for first place. Brian Hurst and Ryan Tripp have each played 13 games and have accumulated 20.5 points. We're still in the early going of the competition with six of nine tournaments remaining.

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Dmitry Albin Wins Class A Section at Eastern Class Championships

May 7, 2015

Maine player Dmitry Albin had an impressive result at the Eastern Class Championships held in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on the weekend of April 24-26, 2015. Albin put up 4.5 points in five games, took home a nice paycheck, and padded his USCF rating with nearly 100 points. Congratulations to Dmitry!

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