Jessica Lauser Repeats as US Blind Champion

October 27, 2020

Three players traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire, to participate in the 2020 US Blind Chess Championship held over the board on October 24-25. Jessica Lauser won the tournament and repeats as US Blind Champion. Maine Chess Association president Michael Dudley was onsite and has submitted this report.

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Dinnerstein Siblings Represent Maine at National Scholastic Tournaments

October 27, 2020

The sibling duo Isaac and Zoe Dinnerstein represented Maine at two national scholastic tournaments played this summer. Isaac, as Maine's 2020 High School Champion, was invited to the 36th Annual Denker National Tournament of High School State Champions and Zoe, Maine's 2020 Girls Runner-Up Champion, participated in the 8th Annual Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions. Both tournaments were held online in July.

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States Cup Round 6: Watch Live Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern

October 13, 2020

Round 6 of the States Cup will begin Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. eastern. Maine will take on New York. You can tune into the broadcast and hear live commentary on the games.

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States Cup Round 5: Watch Live Tonight at 7:15 p.m. Eastern

October 7, 2020

Round 5 of the States Cup will begin tonight at 7:15 p.m. eastern. Maine will take on the New Jersey. You can tune into the broadcast and hear live commentary on the games.

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Chess Update from Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley

October 6, 2020

Maine Chess Association president Michael Dudley gives us an update on the state of chess in Maine including Guidelines for Safe In-Person Over-the-Board Tournament Play.

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States Cup Round 4: Watch Live Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern

September 30, 2020

Round 4 of the States Cup will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. Maine will take on the Michigan. You can tune into the broadcast and hear live commentary on the games.

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States Cup Round 3: Watch Live Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern

September 22, 2020

Round 3 of the States Cup will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. Maine will take on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and attempt to go plus one after a fine win over Maryland last week. You can tune into the broadcast and hear live commentary on the games.

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Jarod Bryan and Wyatt Hendrix Win 2020 Maine Championship

September 20, 2020

Jarod Bryan and Wyatt Hendrix are the 2020 Maine State Chess Champions. Jarod Bryan claimed a share of the championship with 4.0/5. With this championship win, Jarod achieved the feat of a Maine Championship in each of the last five decades (1980s, 90s, 2000s, 10s, and 20s). Wyatt Hendrix also earned 4.0/5 to repeat as a co-champion. Congratulations to both of our Maine champions! Here is the illustrated tournament report with images and US Chess crosstables.

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States Cup Round 2: Watch Live Tonight at 7:00 p.m. Eastern

September 17, 2020

Round 2 of the States Cup will begin tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. Maine will take on the state of Maryland and attempt to get back to an even score after a close loss to Pennsylvania last week. You can tune into the broadcast and hear live commentary on the games.

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In Memory: Allan James Braff (1930-2020)

September 13, 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Allan James Braff of Cape Elizabeth. Allan was a good friend of the Maine Chess Community often visiting The Works Bakery Cafe for Sunday morning chess. His close friend and fellow chess player Jon Malev described Allan as a tough fun-loving opponent and a furious tactician. Our most sincere condolences and sympathy are extended to Allan's family and friends.

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