John Bapst Open Tournament Report

May 15, 2017

Twenty players competed in the John Bapst Open held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Sergio Mejia topped the Open section with a perfect 4.0 points in four games. Andrew Nevells did the same in the U1400 section. Here's the tournament report and a selected game.

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Jarod Bryan Wins 2017 Maine Closed Championship

April 14, 2017

Jarod Bryan added another Maine State Championship title to his growing list of victories. He has won the tournament a total of eight times including three of the last four. Cruising through his first four games, he drew with Sergio Mejia in the last round to clinch the title. Mejia and Dan Hayes tied for Runner-Up with 4.0 points. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables and selected games.

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In Memory: Authur Bisguier, October 8, 1929 - April 5, 2017

April 6, 2017

Another chess great has passed. We are saddened to report the death of Arthur Bisquier. Bisguier was U.S. Champion in 1954, three years before earning the title of Grandmaster. He defeated some of the game's greatest players including Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Sammy Reshevsky, Svetozar Gligoric, and Paul Keres. Among his most prominent victories was the 1973 Lone Pine International tournament in California. Our condolences to his family and friends.

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Kids Fight Stereotypes Using Chess in Rural Mississippi

March 26, 2017

Tonight on CBS, 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reports on how chess is transforming a county in rural Mississippi. Dr. Jeff Burlington, a burley six-foot-six outsider, has come to Franklin County with a belief that the game can transform a community. With a state championship under their belt, 8th place at the Nationals, and a new Chess Center built in the center of town, he may just be right.

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2017 State Scholastic Chess Individual Championships Tournament Report

March 25, 2017

One hundred one scholastic chess players (and eight grown-ups) competed in the State Scholastic Individual Championships (and Sidekick Quads) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the University of Maine in Orono. Winners in each section were: HS: Ian Youth, HS U1200: Brian Conti and Nehemiah Brown, JHS: Liam Farrell, K-6: Robbie Trowbridge and William Xu, K-3: Jacob Klein. Here's the illustrated tournament report with results and a selected game.

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Saco Open Tournament Report

March 24, 2017

Thirty players, including a Grandmaster, an International Master and a FIDE Master, participated in the Saco Open on the weekend of March 18-19, 2017 at the Hampton Inn in Saco, Maine. GM Alexander Ivanov and IM David Vigorito tied for first in the Open section with 3.5 points each. Curt Brock and Ben Amar followed suit in the U1750 section putting up 3.5 and finishing equal first. Here's the illustrated tournament report, USCF crosstables and a fascinating 137-move game annotated by IM Vigorito.

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Room Change for Scholastic Individual Championships

March 20, 2017

The University of Maine has decided to move the location of the Scholastic Individual Chess Championships, being played on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from the Memorial Union to a neighboring building Shibles Hall. Shibles Hall is located just 200 feet northeast of the Memorial Union on Beddington Road. This post has a map of the location of Shibles Hall and the complete list of tournament room assignments.

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FIDE Trainers' Seminar: My Experience

March 18, 2017

On March 3-5, 2017, the first Internet-based FIDE Trainers' Seminar was held in cooperation with ChessBase. Originating in Hamburg, Germany, the three-day training covered a variety of topics and prepared participants for an exam which, along with other factors, determined the FIDE title they would receive. I took the seminar and will share my experience and impressions in this report.

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Become a Chess Champion: A New Guide to Learn & Teach Chess

March 16, 2017

Former Maine chess coach, tournament director, FIDE Trainer, and USCF Expert Steve Abrahams has teamed up with USCF Life Master Bryan Tillis to create a chess learning guide aimed not only at students of the game but also for chess parents and teachers. Become a Chess Champion: A New Guide to Learn & Teach Chess is now available on Amazon. We invite you to check it out.

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2017 State Scholastic Chess Team Championships Tournament Report

March 12, 2017

Far and away Maine's largest chess tournament, the State Scholastic Chess Team Championships played at the University of Maine Orono on Saturday, March 11th, attracted three hundred twenty-seven scholastic chess players from across the state! Players competed in eight sections for state titles in primary, elementary, middle, and high school championship, reserve, and novice divisions. We bring you all the results, from K-12 and A to Z, in this lavishly illustrated tournament report.

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