MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair

September 21, 2014

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts its annual Common Ground Country Fair on the third weekend of September. MOFGA's flagship event attracts nearly 60,000 visitors each year and brings together so many people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. So what's this got to do with chess?

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Ellsworth Chess Club Defeats Bangor in a Seven-Board Match

August 28, 2014

On Wednesday evening August 27th at the Ellsworth Public Library, the Ellsworth Chess Club upset the Bangor Chess Club 8-6 in a seven-board, two-games-each match despite missing five of their top ten chess players. There will be a return match in September in Bangor at BAM! Bookstore.

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Twenty-Four Hours in Fredericton, New Brunswick

August 25, 2014

On a recent trip to Fredericton, New Brunswick we discovered this delightful French cafe with an interesting name. Inquiring on the origin of the name over tea and cream-filled fruit pastries we were informed that during renovation of the space a single chess piece was found on a windowsill. In addition, Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe is located on Queen Street in the heart of downtown Fredericton, just a few blocks from King Street and Bishop Street.

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ChessMaine.net Honored by 2014 Chess Journalists of America Awards Program

August 17, 2014

ChessMaine.net has been selected by the Chess Journalists of America as the Best USCF State Chapter Website for 2014. This is the third time the official website of the Maine Chess Association has been honored by the Chess Journalists of America. The CJA is an American organization of chess journalists created to promote high quality chess journalism, to provide assistance to the working journalist through articles and contacts and to recognize chess journalism at its best through an annual awards program. Visit the CJA website here.

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Morin Wins Houlton August Quad

August 16, 2014

Roger Morin won the Houlton August Quad played on August 9th at The Art Studio in Houlton with a perfect 3.0 points in three games. The other three participants--Ray Haines, Lance Beloungie and Roger Hardison--all tied for second place with 1.0 point. Here's the USCF crosstable and a selected game.

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Maine Chess Player of the Year Current Standings

August 16, 2014

Lance Beloungie leads the Maine Chess Player of the Year competition with a score of 25.2 points. He is trailed by Roger Morin and Curt Brock with 20.5 and 20.0 points respectively. The next event is the First Lincoln Open on Saturday, September 27, 2014. More information on the year-long Maine Chess Player of the Year competition can be found here.

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Mainers at the 2014 Denker, Barber and National Girls' Invitational

July 30, 2014

The Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions and the National Girls' Invitational Tournament (NGIT) are underway here in Orlando at The Rosen Centre Hotel, site of the 2014 U.S. Open. Maine is well represented with a full team, with representatives to each tournament. In the Denker, State High School Champion Matthew Fishbein of Cape Elizabeth is back for the fourth consecutive year representing Maine in either the Barber or the Denker. K-8 Champion Ian Youth of Scarborough and The Breakwater School of Portland is the Barber representative, and Deer Isle's Bethany Humphrey, a student at The Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, is Maine's representative to the NGIT.

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Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament and Human Chess Game

July 24, 2014

On July 12, 2014 the annual Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament was held in Fort Fairfield. In a small, but potent field, Ray Haines of Fort Fairfield, went 3-0 to take first. Todd Snyder and Lance Beloungie tied for second-third with 1.5 points and Roger Hardison rounded out the crosstable scoreless. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crostable.

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Morin-Snyder Match Redux

July 23, 2014

Roger Morin and Todd Snyder engaged in a six-game, G/120 match over the course of two weeks in July. After trading wins and losses for the first four games Morin won two in a row and held a draw in the last game to win the match by a score of 3.5-2.5. Here's the USCF crostable and a selected game.

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Impressions of the Polgar from Maine's Representative

July 23, 2014

Bethany Humphrey represented the state of Maine at the Polgar National Invitational for Girls played earlier this month at Webster University in St. Louis. Bethany is back from the tournament and has filed this report of her experiences including one of her games.

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