Deer Isle-Stonington Chess Player Henry Penfold Named Valedictorian

June 15, 2022

Congratulations to Deer Isle-Stonington High School senior Henry Penfold on receiving the school's valedictorian honor. Henry is a longtime member of the Deer Isle-Stonington Chess Team, National Honor Society, Student Council, and participated in cross country, theatre, tennis, band, Eco Club, and Math Team. Henry will be studying marine biology at Bodoin College this fall.

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Mainers at 90th Massachusetts Open

June 12, 2022

Five Mainers competed in the 90th Massachusetts Open played on Memorial Day weekend in Westford, Massachusetts: Wyatt Hendrix and Aaron Spencer in the Championship section, Will Ravn in the U2100, Hayden Tittle in the U1800, and Sam Silberstein in the U1500.

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Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All-Ages Chess Festival 2022 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 29- August 2

June 7, 2022

Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All-Ages Chess Festival 2022 will take place at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 29- August 2. The Festival offers the Mayflower Open, the Canadian Seniors Championships (65+ and 50+), and Jack de la Torre from the University of Texas as keynote speaker. In addition, a specially commissioned Nova Scotia Commemorative Chess Set will be on display as well as first editions of Andre Philidor's Tabular Demonstrations (1819) and The Hastings Chess Tournament Book (1896). American players are welcomed to participate.

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In Memory: Mark McPheters

June 5, 2022

With great sadness we report the passing of Mark Edward McPheters. A longtime member and organizer of the Waterville Chess Club, Mark was a beloved figure in the Maine chess community for so many years. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to Mark's family and friends.

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Glenburn Middle School Competes in the 2022 Middle School National Chess Championships

May 9, 2022

Glenburn Middle School competed in the 2022 National Middle School (K-8) National Chess Championships at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas on April 29 - May 1. The Glenburn team took 7th Place in the U900 section and 13th Place in the U700 section. Congratulations to the team and their coach Tom Coleman!

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Kate Gasser Classic Swiss Tournament Report

May 7, 2022

On April 16, 2022, the first running of the Kate Gasser Classic Swiss took place at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. Named for a frequent presence in the US Women's Championship and member of the Boylston Chess Club, the Gasser Swiss is a Swiss tournament open only to girls and women and is meant to celebrate the presence of female players on the tournament scene in Maine and elsewhere.

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Maine State Championship Tournament Report

May 7, 2022

Chess in Maine continued to show signs of strength in April, as the Maine State Open Championship ran in Waterville from April 22-24, 2022. Boasting the largest field since 1992, the Championship attracted an impressive 64 players in three sections. In addition to a guaranteed prize fund, the tournament offered the opportunity for Grand Prix Points and FIDE ratings to those in the Open section.

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Waynflete School Seeking Chess Instructor

April 16, 2022

Waynflete School, a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school for early childhood education to twelfth grade, in Portland, Maine, is seeking a chess instructor. The selected candidate will be responsible for overseeing weekly chess club meetings and coaching the chess team. The position will begin in the fall of 2022. A resume and three references will be required. For more information and to apply please contact Joe Alex at or Tess Anable at

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Maine Scholastic Individual Chess Championships Tournament Report

April 16, 2022

One hundred twenty-two scholastic chess players from across the state descended on Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine on Saturday, March 19th to compete for state scholastic chess championship titles in the high school, middle school, and elementary school sections of the 2022 Maine Scholastic Individual Chess Championships.

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George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize Update

March 21, 2022

The George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize Committee is accepting games played in the first quarter of 2022 for consideration of a Brilliancy Prize. Congratulations to Maine Chess Association president Michael Dudley for winning the Prize for the last quarter of 2021.

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