Tom Sandford Retires from UMaine after 35 Years of Service

May 23, 2016

The University of Maine Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honored Professor Tom Sandford with a retirement party on May 20, 2016 to thank him for his thirty-five years of dedicated service to the University, engineering education, and the field of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. The ChessMaine.net community knows Tom as a tireless advocate of chess in Maine. He has served as a tournament director and organizer for many years and is a fierce over-the-board competitor. We wish Tom all the best in his retirement!

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Correspondence Chess from the Sports Illustrated Archives

May 23, 2016

A ChessMaine.net reader found an article from a 1980 Sports Illustrated article in which a Maine correspondence chess player is quoted. We bring you the article in its entirety in our efforts to document all things chess in Maine.

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Benjamin Mock Competes in the National Elementary (K-6) Championship

May 11, 2016

Ben Mock made the trek out to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the National Elementary (K-6) Championship. His mom, Elizabeth, submitted this thoughtful, intimate report of their experience at the tournament. Elizabeth also took some photos while at the event and she was kind enough to share these with us as well. We hope you enjoy this tournament report given from a parent's perspective.

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Sergio Mejia Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

May 5, 2016

The George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize was established to recognize and reward games that are both aesthetically pleasing and technically interesting. Soon after the Prize's inception, a generous donor contributed a significant amount of capital to reward the player of the brilliant game with a $100 check. After poring over games submitted to ChessMaine.net, our crack GCBP Committee has selected Sergio Mejia's game vs Brian Hurst, played at the Maine State Championship on April 10, 2016, as the winner for this quarter.

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Fabiano Caruana and Nazi Paikidze are US Champions

May 2, 2016

Fabiano Caruana topped a stellar field of grandmasters including Hikaru Nakamura, Wesly So, Gata Kamsky and others to win the US Championship played at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on April 13-30. In the Women's Championship, International Master Nazi Paikidze, the only player without a single loss, took first with 8.5/11.

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Fishbein Goes 5/5 to Win Maine Closed Championship!

April 10, 2016

Matthew Fishbein has won the 2016 Maine Closed Championship and with it the title of 2016 State Champion with a perfect score of 5.0 points in five games. This is Fishbein's third Maine Championship win but the first as sole winner. In 2012 he tied with Jarod Bryan and Aaron Spencer and in 2013 he tied with Ruben Babayan and Joshua Quint. Here's the illustrated tournament report.

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Cape Elizabeth Chess Team Featured in the Current

April 8, 2016

The Cape Elizabeth High School chess team has been featured in the online journal Current. After an impressive victory at the scholastic team championships in March, Matthew Fishbein, Cape's top board, has played in his last Maine scholastic championship. Taking Fishbein's place on board one for Cape Elizabeth in academic year 2016-2017 will be Wesley Parker, currently the second highest-rated scholastic player in the state.

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Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talent Search

April 2, 2016

For over 16 years, the Maine Mathematics Science & Engineering Talents Search (MMSETS) has been offering a variety of mathematics, engineering, and problem-solving enrichment classes for children and adults alike. MMSETS has offered after school and vacation workshops for children, problem solving competitions, workshops for children and adults, and continuing education and curriculum development classes for teachers. Over the years, many students who have taken part in MMSETS classes, camps and workshops have also been involved with scholastic chess in their schools and communities. ChessMaine pleased to pool our efforts to enrich the MMSETS curriculum with chess and chess instruction for children across the state.

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2016 Maine Closed Championship: April 9-10!

April 2, 2016

The 2016 Maine Closed Championship is next weekend, April 9-10, at the Waterville Grand Hotel. There's still time to reserve a room at the "Chess Rate" of $69. Also, registering before April 6 with Andy Bryan will save $15 on entry fee. Contact Andy at bvbryan@aol.com and include your USCF ID# if you are a member. Check for more details of the event on the ChessMaiine.net Events page. Phil Lowell will be the tournament director.

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Sergey Karjakin is the Challenger!

March 28, 2016

It was going to be either Sergey Karjakin or Fabiano Caruana. In the last round of the Candidates Tournament Karjakin was able to beat Caruana to finish the tournament a full point ahead of his nearest rival. Karjakin will therefore challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship to be played in New York City in November of this year. Congratulations Sergey!

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