18th Annual MLK Jr. Day Chess Tournament Report

January 19, 2017

The folks at Stillwater Montessori School continue to host this great annual event now in its 18th year! Kudos to organizer Joe Alex and his staff and director Steve Wong for their dedication, endurance, and commitment to serving the chess players of Maine. Fifty-one players turned up for this four-section (one of which was non-rated) tournament. In the Open, Bill Hartt and Joseph Astumian finished equal first with 3.0 points. Vetri Vel was alone at the top of the K-12 section with 3.5 points. In the K-8 section. Sam Slavin and Tommaso Wheeler shared first and Sarah Means won the non-rated K-6 section.

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Hermon High School Tops Second Meeting of BAHSSCL

January 17, 2017

The second meeting of the Bangor Area High School Scholastic Chess League on Friday, January 13, 2017 at John Bapst Memorial High School saw participation increase by 50%! This newly formed league offers the opportunity for high school players in the area to participate in interscholastic chess competition, leading up to the state team and individual tournaments at the University of Maine Orono in March.

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John Bapst New Year's Tournament in Memory of Bob Solinger Report

January 11, 2017

The John Bapst New Year's Tournament in Memory of Bob Solinger was played on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The four-section tournament attracted forty-one players. Winners were: Tom Sandford (Open), Benjamin Mock (U1200), Jakob McPhee (U800), and Sol Tyler (U400). Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and a selected game.

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Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School Hosts K-8 Chess Meet

January 10, 2017

Scholastic chess players from Fort O'Brien School in Machiasport, Stillwater Montessori School in Orono, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, Bucksport Middle School, Lamoine Consolidated School and the hosting Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School met for an afternoon of chess and fun on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. These non-rated events are great primers for players gearing up for the State Scholastic Chess Championships in March. Thanks to all the players, organizers, coaches, parents, drivers, and volunteers for making this a very positive learning experience!

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January Houlton 8 Tournament Report

January 7, 2017

New Brunswick, Canada native Leonardo Cui scored 2.5 points in three games to win the eight-player January Houlton 8 tournament held on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at the Art Studio in Houlton. This was Maine's first USCF-rated event of the new year. Trailing Cui and tying for second place with 2.0 points were: Ray Haines, Robert Bridgham, and Nathan Gates.

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Universal Rating System

January 5, 2017

The Universal Rating System (URS) is a new concept developed by the research team of Mr. Maxime Rischard, Dr. J. Isaac Miller, Dr. Mark Glickman, and Mr. Jeff Sonas and funded by the Grand Chess Tour, the Kasparov Chess Foundation, and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The system will be free for registered users and promises "far superior techniques...to improve the comparison of the performance of players."

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Introducing the ICC Referral Program

December 30, 2016

You may have noticed our new Internet Chess Club banner at the top of the page. We have partnered with ICC and have become a member of their Referral Program. What this means is that each ICC membership purchased though our banner will generate real dollars to support ChessMaine.net web hosting, domain name, and publishing platform fees. ICC is a great site with a tremendous amount of instructional content, opportunities to play USCF-rated games, live coverage of chess events from all over the world, and a huge online chess community. We urge you to give ICC a try in 2017 while helping to support ChessMaine.net at the same time. Thanks.

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The Best of ChessMaine.net 2016

December 29, 2016

We take our annual end-of-the-year look back at all things chess in Maine for the year 2016. It was a year of learning, growing, and community and it was our honor to share it with you.

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High School Holiday Blitz Tournament Report

December 17, 2016

The inaugural meeting of the Bangor Area High School Scholastic Chess League (BAHSSCL) took place on a very cold December 16. The non-rated High School Holiday Blitz tournament was held at the Bangor Public Library. Hermon High School was represented by three players and John Bapst by three players. One homeschooled player and the TD/John Bapst coach, Michael Dudley rounded out the field. The BAHSSCL was formed to provide opportunities for high school players in the greater Bangor area to compete in interscholastic tournaments throughout the winter sports season, culminating with the state team and state individual tournaments at the University of Maine Orono in March.

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Faces of the World Chess Championship

December 11, 2016

World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Sergey Karjakin certainly have garnered lots of media attention over the course of their nearly three-week epic battle for the title. Here are some other faces that were seen at the Fulton Market Building in the Seaport District of Manhattan, on both sides of the camera, while the Match was in progress.

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