Mainers at the 49th Annual Continental Open

August 19, 2019

Four Mainers competed in the 49th Annual Continental Open held in Sturbridge, Mass. on August 14-18, 2019. ChessMaine.net contributor Elisabeth Fowlie Mock was there and submitted this report.

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Bapst Impromptu Swiss #18 & NM Juac Coaching Session

August 9, 2019

Originally from Sudan, NM Majur Juac is a chess instructor and master-level player based in New York City. On July 31st and August 1st, NM Juac held two coaching sessions for chess players in the greater Bangor area. He then took first place at the Bapst Impromptu Swiss #18. Here's the illustrated report.

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Beware of Chess Coach Scammers

August 9, 2019

Some members of the Maine chess coaching community have been receiving emails and text messages from a scammer asking for chess lessons. The scammer mails a check to the coach, then claims that he overpaid the coach and asks for the overpayment to be mailed back. Please be aware of this hoax and report suspicious activity to your local police department.

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2019 U.S. Blind Chess Championship Tournament Report

July 26, 2019

The 2019 US Blind Chess Championship was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 20 and 21, 2019. The lead tournament directors, Alex Relyea and Nita Patel, invited Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley to serve as an assistant TD. The four-round tournament saw Jessica Lauser, the 2018 Champion, defending her title with nine other competitors from across the country.

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MECA Donates Chess Equipment, Coaching, and Support to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland

July 21, 2019

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley and Secretary Wyatt Hendrix teamed up with chess teachers and coaches from New York City to provide chess equipment, coaching, and support to children at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland. Here's the illustrated report of the training and workshop.

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In Memory: Roger J Morin (1944-2019)

July 12, 2019

With great sadness we report the passing of one of the all-time great players and personalities of Maine chess Roger Morin. Roger passed away on Monday, July 8th. He embodied a larger-than-life force as an artist, player, teacher, coach, director, organizer, and supporter of the game near and far. He will be truly missed as a dear friend. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Roger's family and friends and his beloved wife Lois.

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Houlton June Open Tournament Report

June 29, 2019

Three intrepid players competed in the Houlton June Open played at the Art Studio in Houlton on Saturday, June 29th. Roger Morin topped the crosstable with an unbeaten and untied 3.0 points. Roger Hardison put up 1.5 points for second and Ray Haines managed one draw for third place.

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Helping Asylum-Seeking Families With Chess

June 21, 2019

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley has written a letter of appeal asking for your help in support of asylum-seeking children and families currently being temporarily housed at the Portland Expo Center.

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Cheverus School's Out Swiss Tournament Report

June 21, 2019

On Saturday, June 15th Cheverus High School in Portland hosted the School's Out Chess Tournament a six-person US Chess rated event. Here's the tournament report courtesy of the winner of the event Aiden Thomas.

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Students at Maine Arts Academy Apply Their Skills to Play a Live Chess Game

June 9, 2019

WABI TV 5 recently posted a story featuring the Mane Arts Academy in Sidney and a live chess game that involved theater and dance majors, costume designers, as well as the chess players themselves. We bring you a link to the story and a video with reporting on the event.

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