Aaron Spencer Wins Downeast Open

05.07.19 Aaron Spencer won the 2019 Downeast Open played on Saturday, May 4th at Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton. The tournament attracted thirty-four players in three sections: Open, U1550, and U1000. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

Tournament winner Aaron Spencer (foreground left) plays Ruben Babayan in round three of the Downeast Open on Saturday, May 2, 2019. The apparatus on the left is a video camera broadcasting the games on board one to the internet courtesy of assistant tournament director Oisin O'Searcoid.

Thanks for Michael Dudley for contributing to this report.

US Chess crosstable of this event

Aaron Spencer drew his final-round game with 2019 Maine State Co-Champion Lucas McCain to clinch sole first place at the 2019 Downeast Open played on Saturday, May 2nd at Bonney Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine.

Just off the lead in the Open section was Albert Knape who put up 3.0 points for clear second place.

Lucas McCain scored 2.5 points and finished in third.

Three players tied for fourth place in the Open section with 2.0 points including: Ruben Babayan, Wyatt Hendrix, and Benjamin Mock.

Dan Deschner and Zach Brislin tied for first place in the U1550 section with 3.5 points in four games.

Coleman Walker and Ambrose McCullough tied for third in the U1550 with 3.0 points.

Devon Hunter was perfect in the U1000 section putting up an unbeaten and untied 4.0 points in four games for clear first place.

Marco Hansel and Jace Anastacio came second in the U1000 section with 3.0 points.

Thanks to players, organizers, and directors of this tournament for participating and thanks to Bonny Eagle Middle School for hosting.

Aaron Spencer (left) and Lucas McCain play their fourth-round game to a draw.

Former Maine Chess Association president Phil Lowell (right) plays Albert Knape in round one while Ruben Babayan (background right) plays Tristan Cousineau.

Brian Roderick (left) and assistant tournament director Oisin O'Searcoid (background right) do their best vs their younger opponents in the U1550 section.

Action in the U1550 section and...

more action in the U1550 section.

Players in the G/45 U1000 section.


Thanks to the organizers for such a great event! I thought the live video feed was a great idea. I also appreciated the water bottles set out on the tables for the players and I felt welcomed by the kind concessions staff.

It was nice to see Aaron back at the board and Ruben as well. Also, congratulations to Stephen Morse for going 1.5/2 against the Maine State Co-Champions.

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