From the Desk of the MECA President

July 14, 2018

In case you haven't yet heard, the Maine Chess Association has a new interim president with much energy, many new ideas, and a real willingness to listen and do his best to meet the needs of the Maine chess community. Here's a message from MECA Interim President Michael Dudley.

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Iceland Travelogue

July 3, 2018

Continuing with our tradition of chess reports from far-off and not-so-far-off locations, we bring you chess and culture from the Land of Fire and Ice. Maine Chess Association Interim President Mike Dudley recently travelled to Iceland and shares with us his impressions of the island.

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In Memory: Charles Krauthammer

July 2, 2018

Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, passed away on June 21, 2018 at the age of sixty-eight. Mr. Krauthammer was best known for his insightful and often acerbic political commentary and wit. In addition to his work in the political arena, Mr. Krauthammer wrote many articles on chess including one each year for twenty years for Time magazine.

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Ilyumzhinov Announces his Withdrawal from FIDE Elections

June 29, 2018

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced today that he is no longer in contention for the president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). He threw his support behind the Russian candidate Arkaday Dvorkovich. The field is therefore narrowed to three candidates: Dvorkovich, FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos, and Nigel Short. Ilyumzhinov held the position for twenty-three years the second longest tenure of any FIDE president. The federation's first president, Alexander Rueb, was in office for two years longer.

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Chess in NYC: A Photo Essay

June 26, 2018

There are myriad opportunities to play chess in New York City. Whether you prefer casual, tournament, blitz, classical, indoor or outdoor--you name it--it's all here seven days a week. In this photo essay, we concentrated on the six major locations to gather and play chess in Manhattan: The Chess and Checkers House in Central Park, The Chess Area at Bryant Park, Chess at Union Square Park, The Marshall Chess Club, Chess at Washington Square Park, and The Chess Forum.

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Outdoor Chess in Boston

June 19, 2018

On a recent trip to Boston we checked out the outdoor chess scene, took in the sights, and, of course, sampled the local cuisine. From Harvard Square to Quincy Market and all points in between, here's an illustrated report of what we came across.

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Prince Edward Island Travelogue

June 2, 2018

We had the pleasure of venturing up to Prince Edward Island over Memorial Day weekend. While there, we took in the Charlottetown Open, visited Prince Edward Island National Park, and experienced Island life Canadian style. We hope you enjoy this richly illustrated report with a selected game and Chess Federation of Canada crosstable from the tournament.

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The Warriors' Key Chess Piece Is Also a Chess Fanatic

May 30, 2018

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors was featured in today's edition of the Wall Street Journal. The 6' 7" guard plays chess as often as he plays basketball: almost every day. WSJ reporter Ben Cohen provides some insights on Thompson and how his basketball and chess games intertwine.

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Steve Abrahams now Writing for ChessBase

May 30, 2018

Former Maine resident Steve Abrahams is using his writing and chess expertise as a contributing chess journalist at ChessBase.com--one of the web's primer chess news and information sites. Steve was a student at Husson University in Bangor while he coached, taught, played and gave simultaneous exhibitions in Maine. A national expert and FIDE Trainer, Steve is also the co-author of "Become a Chess Champion."

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On the Tusks of a Dilemma

May 29, 2018

Maine's own C.K. Damrosch wrote a fascinating article in the February 2018 edition of Chess Life about the status of owning and collecting ivory chess sets. In case you missed it, we reproduce it here with permission of the author.

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