Ellsworth Chess Afternoon

02.17.10 On February 8, 2010, K-8 students from eight Down East area schools participated in an afternoon of chess games and fun with their peers at the newly-constructed Ellsworth Middle School. This "chess afternoon" is the second of three such events organized by Deer Isle - Stonington chess coach Dick Powell.

Students from eight schools participated in the second of three chess afternoons hosted by Ellsworth Middle School and organized by Deer Isle - Stonington chess coach Dick Powell.

Schools participating in this event included: Ellsworth, Lamoine, Orland, Deer Isle - Stonington, Bucksport, Stillwater Montessori (Old Town), Conners-Emerson (Bar Harbor) and Airline Community School (Aurora). In addition to being a great way for kids to get together and play chess, the event also fostered new friendships and provided a training ground for the upcoming state chess championships held in March at the University of Maine, Orono. Please see the ChessMaine.net Events page for more details.

Ellsworth's beautiful new elementary and middle school was the site of the action.

Nametags helped students and staff get to know each other.

The well-lit, spacious cafeteria provided an optimal playing site.

Anyone who has experienced an event put on by Dick Powell and the Deer Isle - Stonington Chess Boosters knows that there is always bountiful food!

Andrew Pappianne (left) warms up with a game vs. his dad Lee.

Deer Isle - Stonington player Bethany Humphrey (right) seems to have a comfortable position in this game.

The brother/sister team Sam Keefe (background right) and Jayden Keefe (foreground right) take on all comers.

Players of all ages enjoyed some skittles (non-tournament) chess. Here Ellsworth Middle School chess coach Janet Higgins (left) tries her luck against a scholastic opponent.

Maine Chess Association President Andy Bryan (left) chats with Deer Isle - Stonington chess parent Peggy Zembrusky.

Lamoine chess coach Peter Goebel (left) plays Deer Isle - Stonington's Andy Turner.

The next Ellsworth Chess Afternoon will be held at Ellsworth Middle School on March 1, 2010 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!

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