Maine vs Russia Scholastic Chess Match Livestreamed This Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m.

February 5, 2019

Ten scholastic chess players from Maine will face off in a two-game match with ten scholastic players from the Primorsky region of eastern Russia on Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m. eastern U.S. time. The Maine vs Russia Match will be broadcast live on the Internet with expert commentary from Maine State Chess Champion Matthew Fishbein. Here are the Match details and a link to the live online broadcast.

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Kathy Richards and Agata Sloniewska are Maine Women's and Girls' Champions

February 4, 2019

Twenty-five players competed in the first ever Maine Women's Chess Championship and the newly re-established Maine Girls' Championship held on Saturday, February 2nd at the Bangor Public Library in Bangor, Maine. Kathy Richards took the title of Maine Women's Champion with a perfect 3.0 points in three games and Agata Sloniewska, a student at Thornton Academy in Saco, scored 4.0 points in as many games to become the Maine 2019 Maine Girls' Champion. The tournament was attended by 2017 U.S. Women's Champion WGM Sabina Foisor who provided game analysis and coaching.

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WGM Sabina Foisor Thrills in a 40-Board Simul

February 4, 2019

It would be difficult to find a more poised, gracious, and inspirational representative and role model for chess than WGM Sabina Foisor. Foisor spent the weekend in Maine to help celebrate the Maine Girls' and Women's Championship tournaments played on Saturday, February 2nd at the Bangor Public Library. On the evening before the tournament, Foisor played thirty-nine chess competitors, some of whom were rated over USCF 1700, simultaneously. A grueling five hours later, when the simul had concluded, Foisor's impressive record stood at 33 wins, four draws, and two losses. Here's an illustrated report of the simultaneous chess exhibition and a replay of one the WGM's only two losses.

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2017 U.S. Women's Champion WGM Sabina Foisor is Coming to Maine!

January 27, 2019

The 2017 U.S. Women's Chess Champion WGM Sabina Foisor is coming to Maine! We are thrilled and honored to welcome this very accomplished international player to the Pine Tree State. Sabina will give a 40-board simultaneous chess exhibition at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 1st at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Hurry! At this writing there are still five seats remaining at the simul. Take advantage of this great opportunity to play a U.S. Champion! Here are more details of WGM Foisor's visit which, in addition to the simul, include an exclusive lecture for participants in the Maine Girls' and Women's Championships, and game analysis during the tournament.

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Jarod Bryan Wins Maine Blitz Championship

January 27, 2019

Eight-time Maine State Chess Champion Jarod Bryan added another title to his impressive resume. Bryan won the 2019 Maine State Blitz Championship played on Saturday, January 26th at Hermon High School in Hermon Maine. Players found there way through a mind-numbing crucible of sixteen games at the blitz time control of G/3+2. Tournament Organizer and Director Wyatt Hendrix tendered this report of the event for ChessMaine.net

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Managing Panic Disorder Through Chess Therapy

January 25, 2019

A paper was published in Volume 30 of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry that studied the effect of playing chess on treating a panic attack. Although this research is still in its infancy, the conclusion of this particular study was that chess therapy with the right level of difficulty can be recommended as a very effective non-pharmaceutical method for the successful treatment of panic attacks.

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Maine State Blitz Championship this Sautrday in Hermon

January 24, 2019

The first Maine State Blitz Championship will be held this Saturday, January 26th at Hermon High School in Hermon, Maine. The tournament format is an eight-round double Swiss--each player will play two G/3, +2 games against eight different opponents for a total of sixteen games. Same-day registration begins at 12:15 p.m. with the first round beginning at 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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Winter Storm Tournament Updates

January 19, 2019

A winter storm warning remains in effect from 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19th - 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 21st. Heavy snow and mixed precipitation accumulating from 12 to 20 inches with winds gusting to 35 m.p.h. are expected accross the state. There are two chess tournaments scheduled for Monday, January 21st. Please check ChessMaine.net/events for updated delay and cancellation notices for these tournaments.

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Morin Wins January Houlton Open

January 12, 2019

Roger Morin ran the table at the January 2019 Houlton Open played on Saturday, January 12th at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine. Eight players, braving sub-zero wind chill temperatures, traveled to Aroostook County to participate in this event. Just off the perfect score of the leader were Cynthia Cui (3.0) and Tristan Cousineau (2.5). Here's the illustrated tournament report with U.S. Chess crosstables.

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Puerto Rico Travelogue

January 7, 2019

In the heart of the Caribbean nestled between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands lies the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. Over the holidays, we took a break from the Maine winter and visited the Island of Enchantment. A little more than a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico, the island is still rebounding.

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