USCF-Rated Chess is back in Washington County! Come Play on 2/11/17!

01.28.17 It's been over eight years since a USCF-rated tournament has been held in Washington County, Maine. The last was the St. Croix Valley International on August 16, 2008. That long dry spell is about to end. has teamed up with Fort O'Brien School in Machiasport to organize a five-section rated tournament with the same format as the very successful Aurora Winter Solstice tournaments (now entering their thirteenth year).

Make history! Come to the Fort O'Brien Chess Tournament on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Fort O'Brien School, 492 Port Road, Machiasport, Maine. Artwork courtesy Josie Ingrish

Here's the details:

Fort O'Brien Chess Tournament
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fort O'Brien School 492 Port Road, Machiasport, Maine

First Round will start at 9:15 a.m. subsequent rounds will start as soon as possible. Please bring boards, sets, and clocks.
Breakfast and Lunch consessions on site!

Five Sections: (All sections will use digital clocks with 5 sec. delay if available.)

Open: 3 Round, G/60
U1600: 3 Round, G/60
U1200: 4 Round, G/45
U800 & Unrated: 4 Round, G/30
U400 & Unrated (scholastic only): 4 Round, G/30

All sections are rated and require USCF membership (available at site or at One half-point bye available. Must commit before round two.

Advance Entry Fee (if received by 2/10): $10 (U400 & Unrated, U800 & Unrated, U1200, U1600); $15 (Open); Same Day Entry Fee (8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) add $5.


U400 & Unrated: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, medals to all participants
U800 & Unrated: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
U1200: Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
U1600: First $24, Second $16
Open: First $36, Second $24

Registration Form


Cell Phone:

Section Desired:

Date of Birth & Address for new or renewing USCF:

Please write check out to Fort O'Brien School and send to Daniel DeLuca P.O. Box 119, Aurora, ME 04408 FMI: (207) 479-4474 or email

This information is also available on the events page.


If weather's OK I plan on taking the scenic ride up, never been or even heard of machiasport. Hoping to play against some new opponents, looking forward to it.

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