13th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report

December 9, 2017

The Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament, now in its 13th year, has historically attracted big numbers of chess players to the blueberry-barrened, sleepy hamlet of Aurora, Maine. This year fifty-five competitors turned up to play chess in five sections including a large contingent from Maine Maritime Academy. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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UMA Fall 2017 Tournament Report

December 6, 2017

The UMA Fall tournament has become a well-anticipated event in Maine over the last few years. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of tournament organizers and directors Barry Magda and Brian Roderick, players have this fun, well-run event to look forward to on their chess calendars. This year's edition featured twenty-four players competing in five sections. Section winners were: Quad 1 Jarod Bryan, Quad 2 Dan Robbins, Quad 3 Minh Nguyen, Section 4 Stephen Morse and a four-way tie in Section 5 between Jakob McPhee, Dennis Kallor, Colby Allen, and John Li.

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Bapst Fall Tournament Report

December 5, 2017

In celebration of National Chess Day, John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor hosted the Bapst Fall 2017 Chess Tournament on October 28, 2017. In two sections, Open and U800, the tournament attracted 25 players. In the Open section, Roger Morin was perfect on the day with 4.0 points in four games and Joshua Batstone claimed the top spot in the U800 section with 3.5 points. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables and two selected games.

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Ben Mock Wins Friday Night Blitz Tournament

December 5, 2017

How can you play fourteen rounds of chess in one night? Well the only way, of course, is if those rounds are at a blitz time control! On October 27, 2017 eight intrepid players showed up for an epic, fourteen-round blitz marathon at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. When the dust cleared it was Ben Mock who was left standing alone on top of Mount Olympus with the very impressive score of 12.5 points. Dan Robbins finished second with 11.0 points.

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November Houlton Open Tournament Report

December 5, 2017

Lance Beloungie won the November 2017 edition of the Houlton Open played at the Art Studio in Houlton on November 11, 2017. Thirteen players competed in this four-round, G/65 tournament. Here is the tournament report with US Chess crosstable and a selected game.

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11th Annual ChessMaine.net Championship Tournament Report

October 22, 2017

The 11th Annual ChessMaine.net Championship was played at John Bapst Memorial High School on Saturday, October 22, 2017. The tournament was won by Jarod Bryan with a perfect 4.0 points in four games. Andrew Brenneman took the top spot amongst the U1200 field. Here is the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Cape Elizabeth National Chess Day Tournament Report

October 17, 2017

In an initiative to boost chess activity in the southern part of Maine, the Cape Elizabeth Chess Club established a new chess tournament, allowing more players from the greater Portland to compete in chess related events. On Saturday, October 14th, twenty-six players participated in the Cape Elizabeth National Chess Day tournament. We bring you the tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Brewer National Chess Day Tournament Report

October 17, 2017

On October 14, 2017, twenty-two players celebrated National Chess Day by participating in the Brewer National Chess Day Tournament held at Machias Savings Bank in Brewer. Brian Hurst won the six-player Open section with a perfect 3.0 points. Kaleb Pendleton went unbeaten and untied in the U1000 section with 4.0 points. Here's the tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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The Art of Chess Journalism at Maine Maritime Academy

October 6, 2017

ChessMaine.net Editor and Maine Chess Association Vice President Dan DeLuca guest lectured to an Honors Seminar class at Maine Maritime Academy on the topic of The Art of Chess Journalism. The seminar, Chess as Metaphor, is co-taught by Paul Wlodkowski, Tom Batt, and Amy Gutow and spans the fields of history, mathematics, military strategy, economics, psychology, and international affairs.

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Crusader Cup Standings

October 6, 2017

The Crusader Cup is a four-tournament, year-long competition hosted by John Bapst Memorial High School. One tournament, the Bapst End of Summer tournament, has been played with three remaining. The next Crusader Cup event is scheduled for October 28th. Please see the ChessMaine.net Events page for more details. Here are the Crusader Cup current standings.

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