Seeking MECA Interim President

May 10, 2018

The Maine Chess Association is seeking interested candidates for the position of interim president. Those interested in serving in this capacity should send an email with a brief statement to by Friday, May 18, 2018. Per the MECA Constitution, the Policy Board will choose a qualified candidate to serve in the interim until the MECA elections in December, 2018.

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Behind the Scenes at the U.S. Championship with Alex Relyea

May 9, 2018

Our own Alex Relyea served as one of the arbiters at the recently completed 2018 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship held at the St. Louis Chess Club. Relyea, already a FIDE Arbiter, is working towards his National Tournament Director certification. In this post, Alex shares some of his impressions and experiences at the tournament.

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Dan Robbins is Inaugural Crusader Cup Champion

May 6, 2018

Wyatt Hendrix and Brian Hurst tied for first in the John Bapst Open played on Saturday, May 5th at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. The big story, however, was Dan Robbins's win of the 2017-2018, four-tournament, Crusader Cup Series!

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Sam Shankland and Nazi Paikidze are US Champions

May 4, 2018

Sam Shankland and Nazi Paikidze are the 2018 US Champion and US Women's Champion. For Shankland, a twenty-six year old from Berkeley, California, it was the biggest win of his career and the first time he has cracked the FIDE 2700 mark. Paikidze finished the tournament equal with Annie Wang necessitating a rapid chess and sudden death 'Armageddon' playoff in which she won to clinch the title.

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Together Place Offers Chess Club Meetings on Monday Mornings

April 24, 2018

Together Place in Bangor will be hosting pick-up chess games on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Executive Director Sean Faircloth has extended an invitation to the public to drop in to play chess, to chess players and coaches who are willing to provide lessons, and to anyone willing to donate tournament standard chess equipment to the program.

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The Man Behind the C. Stuart Laughlin Trophy

April 22, 2018

An astute reader pointed out that today's younger generation of Maine chess players may not be aware of the namesake behind the C. Stuart Laughlin trophy recently awarded at the 2018 Maine Closed Chess Championship in Waterville. Allow us to elaborate upon this great historical figure of Maine chess.

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MACC Tournament Director Handbook

April 21, 2018

We offer the Maine Association of Chess Coaches Tournament Director Handbook as a resource for new tournament directors in Maine and those interested in learning more about directing chess tournaments. Please feel free to make use of this helpful guide and to contact the author with questions or suggested edits.

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US Championship Begins in St. Louis

April 16, 2018

On Wednesday, April 17th, the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 US Championship and US Women's Championship will take place at the St. Louis University Museum of Art. The eleven-round tournament will run from April 18-30, 2018 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Twelve of the nation's strongest players including World Champion Challenger Fabiano Caruana, World #6 Hikaru Nakamura and World #7 Wesley So, will compete for the title of US Champion and twelve of America's top women players will vie for the title of US Women's Champion.

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Matthew Fishbein is 2018 Maine State Champion!

April 15, 2018

The final round of the Maine State Closed Chess Championship came down to a dramatic showdown between the tournament's two top-rated players. After four rounds, the tournament leader Matthew Fishbein with 4.0 points played the black pieces vs Jarod Bryan with 3.5 points. The game ended in a draw and secured the championship for Fishbein. Bryan and Ben Amar tied for second. Ben Mock took first in Class B, Joseph Astumian was first in Class C and Andy Bryan claimed the U1400 prize.

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