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 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 Events page for more details. Here are the Crusader Cup current standings.

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Bangor Open Tournament Report

October 5, 2017

Twenty players competed in the 2017 Bangor Open held at the Ramada Inn in Bangor on September 30th - October 1st. GM Alexander Ivanov took first in the Open section with a clean-slate four for four. In the U1750 section, John Brady and Benjamin Mock shared first with 3.5 points apiece. Here's the illustrated tournament report with USCF crosstables.

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The Brooklin School is First Beneficiary of CiMS Initiative

September 30, 2017

We are delighted to report that the Brooklin School, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Hancock County Maine, is the first school to benefit from the Chess in Maine Schools Initiative. The school will receive tournament-quality chess sets, roll-up boards, bags, digital chess clocks, a 550-page Common-Core-aligned chess curriculum, twenty year-long memberships, and ongoing technical support in establishing and maintaining a scholastic chess program.

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Aronian Wins FIDE World Cup

September 27, 2017

Levon Aronian won the 2017 FIDE World Cup with two back-to-back wins in the first set of tie break matches over Ding Liren of China after the four-game final match between these two chess giants was tied at 2.0 points apiece. The grueling World Cup featured 128 of the world's best players and was played from September 2-27, 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here's the details with a complete game list.

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James E. Palange: A Part of Maine Chess History

September 21, 2017

We received an inquiry about former Maine chess player James E. Palange from his son Marius Palange. Marius was interested in finding out more about his father's chess-playing experiences back in the 1950's and '60's. We put this inquiry out to our community and got a response from Roger Morin, the multi-time Maine State Champion, who considered James Palange a long-time chess friend and significant influence on his own chess career.

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Bapst Impromtu Swiss #3 Tournament Report

September 20, 2017

Six intrepid chess players competed in the Third Bapst Impromtu Swiss Tournament played on Friday evening, September 15, 2017. Wyatt Hendrix rose to the top of the crosstable with a nice final-round victory over top-rated Brian Hurst to finish the event with a perfect 3.0 points in three games.

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Premier Chess Looking for Chess Instructor in Lewiston

September 19, 2017

Premier Chess is looking for a great chess instructor with 2+ years of teaching experience for an after-school chess program in Lewiston, Maine. Days of instruction are flexible and will be determined after a qualified instructor is found. For more information and to apply, call Evan Rubin at (917) 776-1306 or email Evan Rabin (

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Four-Way Tie at Bapst End of Summer Tournament

September 10, 2017

Four players each put up 3.0 points in the Open section of the Bapst End of Summer tournament played on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The winners were: Aaron Spencer, Ryan Tripp, Jacques Blanchette, and Brian Hurst. In the U1200 section, Luc Blanchette, Samanthak Thiagarajan, and Andrew Brenneman shared the top spot. Here's the illustrated tournament report with crosstables.

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