Lincolnville Central School K-8 Tournament Report

February 10, 2020

A major ice storm not withstanding, the 2020 Lincolnville Central School K-8 Chess Tournament was held on Sunday, February 9th in Lincolnville. The Tournament attracted twenty-eight players looking to hone their skills in preparation for the Maine Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships that will take place in March. We bring you the illustrated tournament report with results and crosstables.

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WGM Sabina Foisor Training Session and Simul

February 9, 2020

The Maine Chess Association hosted 2017 Women's Chess Champion WGM Sabina Foisor as a special guest at the 2020 Maine Women's and Girls' Chess Championships played at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor on Saturday, February 8th. After the Championships concluded, WGM Foisor provided an exclusive training session geared especially for the players followed by a thirty-board simultaneous exhibition.

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Richards and Sloniewska Repeat as Maine Women's and Girl's Champions

February 9, 2020

It was twice as nice for Kathy Richards and Agata Sloniewska at the 2020 Maine Women's and Girls Chess Championships played on Saturday, February 8th at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Both players scored an unbeaten and untied 4.0 points in four rounds in their sections to repeat as Maine Women's and Girls' Chess Champions. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tournament Report

February 3, 2020

Scholastic chess tournaments in Maine continue to impress with the interest they generate and the numbers of players they attract. The 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day tournament played on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Old Town United Methodist Church in Old Town, Maine attracted 105 players in six sections: Open, K-12, K-8, K-6, K-4, and a non-rated section. Thanks to the organizers, directors, and players for making this tournament a huge success.

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John Bapst Fall Tournament Report

February 2, 2020

Thirty-three players turned out for the John Bapst Fall Tournament played at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The four-round, G/45 +5 tournament offered three sections Open, U1500, and U1000. Winners were: Wyatt Hendrix (Open), Tony Freudig (U1500), and Samanthak Thiagarajan (U1000).

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15th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report

January 27, 2020

In the out-of-the-way hamlet of Aurora, Maine (population: not many) the Airline Community School has been hosting the Aurora Winter Solstice Chess Tournament for fifteen consecutive years. This year's event featured four sections and forty-three players. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament Report

January 13, 2020

A whopping eighty-four players turned out for Maine's first chess tournament of the year. The four round four section Bob Solinger Memorial was played on Saturday, January 11th at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Top finishers were: Open Tristan Cousineau, U1500 Ben Penfold and Kevin Lin, U1000 Jacob Klein, U600 Rachel Norment and Emma Eckert. The tournament remembers and honors former John Bapst chess team coach Bob Solinger who passed away on September 23, 2011.

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Prolific Chess Author and Publisher Bob Long Killed in his Home

January 12, 2020

We are deeply shocked and saddened to report the murder of author, publisher, and well-known chess personality Bob Long. Bob was a one-of-a-kind pioneer in the world of chess who dedicated his life to doing what he loved. As a chess expert, organizer, director, author, publisher, sharp-witted colleague, friend, and the list goes on, Bob was an indefatigable icon. He will be deeply missed by the many, many friends whose lives he touched.

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The Chess Games of Ray Haines

January 10, 2020

Author Tim Sawyer has put together a new book entitled Chess Games of Ray Haines. Ray is a lifelong tournament player who lives in northern Maine. From the Introduction: This book is dedicated to the unsung heroes who keep playing chess year after year. They are our frequent opponents in clubs or online. Few people know their names, however our passion for chess suffers without regular opponents for us to play. The book contains 150 of Ray Haines's games grouped in 10 chapters by opening. It's available on Amazon.

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In Memory: Benjamin Deschesne

January 7, 2020

Benjamin Deschesne, an alumnus of John Bapst and former scholastic chess player, passed away unexpectedly while away at college. Benjamin studied jazz at Rowan College in Glassboro, New Jersey, and continued to play chess actively while working on his studies. He was 19.

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