The Ancient Game that Saved a Village

September 11, 2018

Always on the lookout for interesting chess-related information and stories, we bring you this article from the BBC Travel website: Our Unique World. It's the story of a small village in southwestern India that has experience a positive impact from the influences of chess. Our favorite quote from the article is attributed to the president of the Chess Association of Marottichal: "We don't watch television here; we play chess and talk to each other."

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Bapst End of Summer Tournament Report

September 9, 2018

The first tournament of the 2018-2019 Crusader Cup Series was played on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine. The Bapst End of Summer tournament attracted thirty-one players in four sections. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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In Memory: Gerald J. Dullea (1943-2018)

September 7, 2018

Former United States Chess Federation Executive Director and University of Maine English Professor Gerald Dullea passed away on July 29, 2018 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Gerry, along with his University of Maine colleague George Cunningham, ran a chess column in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News for two decades. They also hosted a thirteen-part television series on chess on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. We extend our sincerest condolences to Gerry's family and all those whose lives he touched.

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Alan Schalk Simul Draws Eight Players

September 7, 2018

National Chess Master and two-time Maine State Chess Champion Alan Schalk will held a free Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at the Wagon Wheel Campground in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Eight players were brave enough to test their mettle against the master. The results were a convincing 7-1 in favor of Schalk.

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Maine Chess Association Coaches' Communique

September 4, 2018

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley has penned the first Maine Chess Association Coaches' Communique. This letter to Maine Chess Coaches provides an update on scholastic chess in Maine, describes the rebirth of the Maine Girls' Championship and introduction of the Maine Women's Championship as well as offers support for chess coaches accross the state. Please help us by passing this on to any and all chess coaches and anyone interested in building scholastic chess in Maine. Thanks!

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Bapst Impromptu Swiss #13 Tournament Report

August 31, 2018

Dan Robbins and Nathan Gates shared equal first at the Bapst Impromptu Swiss #13 played on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Apart from the winners, the biggest newsmaker of this tournament was Shannon Levesque, the new treasurer of the Maine Chess Association who, with a provisional rating of 100, took down Minh Nguyen rated 794 points higher.

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Nova Scotia Chess Association Website and Newsletter

August 30, 2018

The Nova Scotia Chess Association is an active chess organization that maintains an up-to-date website and newsletter. We wanted to make you aware of this nearby chess resource from our Canadian colleagues.

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The Problem Corner at ChessMaine.net

August 30, 2018

We've updated a link on ChessMaine.net. Thanks to Maine Chess Association Board Member and connoisseur of the chess study Wyatt Hendrix, The Problem Corner has been updated. Our plan for this link is to provide an interesting chess study or problem each week with solutions given after readers have had some reflection time. We hope you enjoy this new resource and we encourage you to try your hand at these challenging little gems--and to leave your comments and ideas!

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National Chess Master and Two-Time Maine State Chess Champion Alan Schalk to give Simultaneous Chess Exhibition

August 19, 2018

National Chess Master and two-time Maine State Chess Champion Alan Schalk will hold a free Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at the Wagon Wheel Campground in Old Orchard Beach starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

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Owen's Farmhouse Chess Tournament Report

August 19, 2018

Owen's Farmhouse in Kennebunkport, Maine was the site of a non-USCF rated tournament on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The tournament was organized by David Ross and directed by Phil Lowell. Here's the tournament report from a site where we hope to see many more tournaments in the future.

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