MECA 2017 Player of the Year Final Standings

April 9, 2018

The final standings of the MECA 2017 Player of the Year competition have been tabulated and the results are in. Congratulations to the winner of the competition Ben Mock and all who participated in this year-long event.

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Crusader Cup Standings with One Round to Go!

April 9, 2018

The Crusader Cup Championship is a series of four tournaments held at John Bapst Memorial High School in September and October of 2107 and January and May of 2018. The final event of the Championship is coming up on Saturday, May 5th. Here are the current standings and a look at the cup (sort of).

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Bapst Impromptu #11 Tournament Report

April 8, 2018

Nine players turned out for the Bapst Impromptu Swiss #11 Tournament played on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. This tournament's format of offering one free and one fee section was dubbed "hybrid" by its organizer and director Michael Dudley. Aaron Spencer, Wyatt Hendrix, and Benjamin Mock shared first with 2.0 points apiece.

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Maine Chess Hits US Chess MAP Trifecta

April 5, 2018

Each year the US Chess Federation selects affiliates in a number of categories as part of its Membership Appreciation Program (MAP). Winning affiliates are those who have signed up the most new and renewing US Chess members. For the category of Small State Affiliate, Maine was recognized with the top three places: 1. Maine Association of Chess Coaches 2. All Saints Catholic School Chess Club and 3. John Bapst Memorial High School Chess Club.

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Fred Irons Gives a Gift of Art to the Rockland Public Library

April 2, 2018

Former University of Maine professor of electrical engineering Dr. Fred Irons has donated one of his paintings entitled Last Game to the Rockland Public Library in honor and memory of Harold Dondis. Mr. Dondis was a native of Rockland, Maine who attended Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School.

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Breaking News: World Championship Match may Move to St. Louis

March 30, 2018

Leonard Barden, a chess correspondent at The Guardian, reports that Billionaire Rex Sinquefield, the brains and bankroll behind both the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame, may bid to host the upcoming World Championship Match between current Champion Maguns Carlsen and Challenger Fabiano Caruana in St. Louis. Barden writes that Sinquefield may try to woo the World Chess Federation with a higher prize fund into moving the Match from its currently scheduled location in London.

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The Game that Won the 2018 Maine High School Individual Championship

March 30, 2018

It was the final round of the 2018 Maine High School Individual Championship and only two players were in contention for the title. We bring you the game Joseph Astumian (1572) vs. Bill Hartt (1772) with notes by Dan DeLuca. Thanks to JJ Astumian for submitting the score of this fascinating and exciting game.

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The Together Place in Bangor Seeking Chess Instructor

March 29, 2018

The Together Place, an 11-unit housing co-operative in Bangor run by and for low-income adult mental health consumers, is looking for a volunteer chess instructor. The mission of Together Place is to reintegrate mental health consumers into the community and to mainstream activities and their Executive Director believes that chess may play an important role in that mission.

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Candidates Round 12 Game: Caruana-Aronian Annotated by Wyatt Hendrix

March 28, 2018

ChessMaine.net contributing annotator Wyatt Hendrix takes a look at the Round 12 game Caruana-Aronian played in the recently completed Candidates tournament in Berlin. This game came on the heels of Caruana's eleventh-round loss to Karjakin. It was one of the most pivotal games of the tournament and a crucial victory that propelled Caruana towards the Challenger title.

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Caruana to Challenge Magnus Carlsen for World Title

March 27, 2018

Fabiano Caruana won the Candidates tournament in Berlin in dramatic fashion. He finished a clear point ahead of the pack with the plus-four score of 9.0 points, scored back-to-back victories in the final two rounds, and avoided the need for tiebreak calculations. Caruana will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in London in November of 2018 in a match for the world title. Congratulations Fabi!

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