2017 U.S. Women's Champion WGM Sabina Foisor is Coming to Maine!

January 27, 2019

The 2017 U.S. Women's Chess Champion WGM Sabina Foisor is coming to Maine! We are thrilled and honored to welcome this very accomplished international player to the Pine Tree State. Sabina will give a 40-board simultaneous chess exhibition at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 1st at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Hurry! At this writing there are still five seats remaining at the simul. Take advantage of this great opportunity to play a U.S. Champion! Here are more details of WGM Foisor's visit which, in addition to the simul, include an exclusive lecture for participants in the Maine Girls' and Women's Championships, and game analysis during the tournament.

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Jarod Bryan Wins Maine Blitz Championship

January 27, 2019

Eight-time Maine State Chess Champion Jarod Bryan added another title to his impressive resume. Bryan won the 2019 Maine State Blitz Championship played on Saturday, January 26th at Hermon High School in Hermon Maine. Players found there way through a mind-numbing crucible of sixteen games at the blitz time control of G/3+2. Tournament Organizer and Director Wyatt Hendrix tendered this report of the event for ChessMaine.net

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Managing Panic Disorder Through Chess Therapy

January 25, 2019

A paper was published in Volume 30 of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry that studied the effect of playing chess on treating a panic attack. Although this research is still in its infancy, the conclusion of this particular study was that chess therapy with the right level of difficulty can be recommended as a very effective non-pharmaceutical method for the successful treatment of panic attacks.

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Maine State Blitz Championship this Sautrday in Hermon

January 24, 2019

The first Maine State Blitz Championship will be held this Saturday, January 26th at Hermon High School in Hermon, Maine. The tournament format is an eight-round double Swiss--each player will play two G/3, +2 games against eight different opponents for a total of sixteen games. Same-day registration begins at 12:15 p.m. with the first round beginning at 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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Winter Storm Tournament Updates

January 19, 2019

A winter storm warning remains in effect from 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19th - 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 21st. Heavy snow and mixed precipitation accumulating from 12 to 20 inches with winds gusting to 35 m.p.h. are expected accross the state. There are two chess tournaments scheduled for Monday, January 21st. Please check ChessMaine.net/events for updated delay and cancellation notices for these tournaments.

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Morin Wins January Houlton Open

January 12, 2019

Roger Morin ran the table at the January 2019 Houlton Open played on Saturday, January 12th at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine. Eight players, braving sub-zero wind chill temperatures, traveled to Aroostook County to participate in this event. Just off the perfect score of the leader were Cynthia Cui (3.0) and Tristan Cousineau (2.5). Here's the illustrated tournament report with U.S. Chess crosstables.

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Puerto Rico Travelogue

January 7, 2019

In the heart of the Caribbean nestled between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands lies the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. Over the holidays, we took a break from the Maine winter and visited the Island of Enchantment. A little more than a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico, the island is still rebounding.

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Maine Chess Events Featured in the Bangor Daily News

January 7, 2019

Two upcoming chess events in Bangor, a lecture and simultaneous exhibition by WGM Sabina Foisor on February 1st at John Bapst Memorial High School and the Maine Girls' and Women's Championship tournament on February 2nd at the Bangor Public Library, were featured in the Bangor Daily News recently. We bring you the links and details for these events.

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Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament Report

January 7, 2019

A whopping eighty-one players turned out for Maine's first US Chess rated tournament of 2019. The Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament held at John Bapst High School on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 offered five sections: Open, U1600, U1200, U800, and U400. This tournament attracted a near-record number of participants in a non-state scholastic championship tournament. The record of 104 players is still held by the 2000 St. Mary's Winter Warm-Up. Here's the illustrated tournament report with crosstables.

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Crusader Cup Standings

January 3, 2019

With the third event in the 2018-2019 Crusader Cup Series --the Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament-to be played on Saturday, January 5th, we bring you the current standings.

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