2013 Deer Isle-Stonington Lacy Greenlaw Chess-a-thon

11.10.13 For the past twenty-one years, Deer Isle-Stonington chess coach Dick Powell has hosted the Deer Isle-Stonington Chess-a-thon as a fundraiser to finance his teams' trips to the elementary nationals. In recent years, the Chess-a-thon has been named for Lacy Greenlaw, a Deer Isle-Stonington chess player who tragically passed away at a young age.

Lacy's mom cuts the ribbon to open the 2013 Deer Isle-Stonington Chess-a-thon that took place at Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School on November 7-8, 2013.

Players scamper to their boards to start the Chess-a-thon while Debbie Greenlaw expresses her appreciation to organizer Dick Powell for hosting the event.

The official schedule

Let the games begin!

Independent filmmaker Veronica Young gives the audience a preview of a film that she is working on that will document a year in the life of Deer Isle-Stonington chess.

One of the benefits of attending the Chess-a-thon is getting together and catching up with fellow chess players.

Oops! Didn't see that!

Only eight hours to go!

Taking a chess break with a little iPad car racing.

Deer Isle-Stonington chess has a long history of great performances at the state level.

Then Governor (now Senator) Angus King with the 1995 Deer Isle-Stonington state championship team.

Dick Powell announces, "It's 10:00 p.m. and we're ready for life-sized chess!"

This year's competitors are Mark Woida playing the white pieces.

And Isaac Marnik commanding the black army.

Mark Woida gives his pieces a pep talk before the game.

The white king is ready!

As is her rook.

It seems black is receiving some help from his seconds.

Turnabout is fair play!


The bughouse games were intense with pieces and popcorn flying.

During the bughouse tournament these two players found a quiet corner to play the more traditional, (and civilized) over-the-board chess.

A whistle blow signals the beginning of the blitz tournament.

Copious results records are taken...

...and recorded.

Cameron Wendell tries his hand at blindfold chess.

Play chess online

Parents enjoyed a few games as well.

Breakfast is served!

Thanks to Friends of Deer Isle-Stonington Chess and the many volunteers who contributed their time and efforts to this worthy event.

We made it!

The sun rises over a quaint harbor in Deer Isle, Maine.


Congratulations DIS on another great Chessathon. We love that you have State Chess Championship banners on the wall of the gym!

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