Bapst Impromptu Tournament Report

August 16, 2017

Fourteen players competed on short notice for the first Bapst Impromtu tournament held at John Bapst Memorial High School on Tuesday, August 15th. Ben Amar topped the crosstable with 3.0 points. He was closely trailed by Wyatt Hendrix and Ben Mock with 2.5 points. The second Bapst Improptu tournament is coming up on Tuesday, August 29th. Hope to see you there!

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Mainers at the 47th Continental Open

August 14, 2017

Thirteen Maine players took part in the 47th Continental Open played on August 10-13, 2017 in Sturbridge, Mass. Chess mom and self-proclaimed chess neophyte Elisabeth Fowlie Mock attended the event, participated, and sent us this illustrated tournament report.

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August 9, 2017

The Chess Journalists of America Awards, recognizing the best in chess journalism, were announced at the annual CJA meeting on August 4th, 2017. was honored in the Electronic Media category as the best USCF State Chapter Website. We are humbled to accept this award on behalf of all of those contributing their efforts to promote chess in Maine. We extend our congratulations to all award recipients and our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Chess Journalists of America organization for its continued hard work and dedication recognizing the very best in chess journalism.

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Roger Morin Back in the Saddle with a win at August Houlton Open

August 8, 2017

Roger Morin won the seven-player August Houlton Open played at the Art Studio in Houlton on August 5th with 3.5 points in four games. Lance Beloungie took clear second with 3.0 points and Leonardo Cui and Ray Haines shared third with 2.5 points apiece. Here's the tournament report with crosstables.

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Wyatt Hendrix Annotates Mejia - Raparthi at 2017 CCA World Open U2200

July 11, 2017

Scholastic chess player and budding annotator Wyatt Hendrix has selected a very interesting and entertaining game to share with us played by Maine's own Sergio Mejia at the recently completed 45th annual World Open in Philadelphia. Mejia scored 6.0 points in the U2200 section which was just 1.0 point out of the money and 1.5 points out of first place. We hope you enjoy the game and the annotations.

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Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament 2017

July 11, 2017

Eight players turned out for the annual Potato Blossom Festival Chess Tournament held this year at The Fort Fairfield Community Center in Fort Fairfield, Maine on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Canadian Leonardo Cui had a great day going four strait to win the tournament with 4.0 points. A three-way tie ensued for second place between Ansel Schiffer, Roger Morin, and Brian Hurst each putting up 2.5 points. Here's the illustrated tournament report.

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Cui Siblings Win June Houlton Open

June 5, 2017

Cynthia Cui and her brother Leonardo Cui from New Brunswick, Canada shared equal first at the June Houlton Open played on June 3, 2017 at the Art Gallery in Houlton, Maine. The three-round, G/65 tournament attracted eight players with an average rating of USCF 1751. Here's the tournament report with crosstables.

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Chess Tables Installed on Brewer Waterfront

June 2, 2017

Thanks in part to chess coach, tournament director, and Brewer, Maine resident Steve Wong, two outdoor chess tables have been installed on the Brewer waterfront. The tables are located just southwest of the Wilson Street Bridge along the Penobscot River in a public space known as the Brewer Children's Garden. We reported on this project back in February 2016 and it's wonderful to see that the chess tables are now installed and available to the public.

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Maine Maritime Academy to offer Chess as Metaphor Honors Seminar

May 29, 2017

The Maine Maritime Academy Honors Program Committee has announced the seminar Chess as Metaphor as its offering for the Fall 2017 semester. The class will be co-taught by Paul Wlodkowski, Tom Batt, and Amy Gutow. Spanning the fields of history, mathematics, military strategy, economics, psychology, and international affairs, Chess as Metaphor is an Honors Seminar that is open to novices to the game, as well as experienced players who want to learn the societal context of this amalgam of science, art, and sport.

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Jarod Bryan Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize

May 29, 2017

Established by and funded by a generous anonymous donor, the George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize was created to remember and honor one of the most influential figures in Maine chess history and to recognize games played in the state that evoke a certain harmony and aesthetic. The winner of the Prize for the three-month period February - April 2017 is Jarod Bryan for his game vs Sergey Mejia in the final round of the Maine Closed Championship played on April 9th in Waterville. For recognition of Jarod's play in this exciting game, he will receive $100. Congratulations Jarod!

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