In Memory: Roger J Morin (1944-2019)

July 12, 2019

With great sadness we report the passing of one of the all-time great players and personalities of Maine chess Roger Morin. Roger passed away on Monday, July 8th. He embodied a larger-than-life force as an artist, player, teacher, coach, director, organizer, and supporter of the game near and far. He will be truly missed as a dear friend. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Roger's family and friends and his beloved wife Lois.

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Houlton June Open Tournament Report

June 29, 2019

Three intrepid players competed in the Houlton June Open played at the Art Studio in Houlton on Saturday, June 29th. Roger Morin topped the crosstable with an unbeaten and untied 3.0 points. Roger Hardison put up 1.5 points for second and Ray Haines managed one draw for third place.

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Helping Asylum-Seeking Families With Chess

June 21, 2019

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley has written a letter of appeal asking for your help in support of asylum-seeking children and families currently being temporarily housed at the Portland Expo Center.

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Cheverus School's Out Swiss Tournament Report

June 21, 2019

On Saturday, June 15th Cheverus High School in Portland hosted the School's Out Chess Tournament a six-person US Chess rated event. Here's the tournament report courtesy of the winner of the event Aiden Thomas.

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Students at Maine Arts Academy Apply Their Skills to Play a Live Chess Game

June 9, 2019

WABI TV 5 recently posted a story featuring the Mane Arts Academy in Sidney and a live chess game that involved theater and dance majors, costume designers, as well as the chess players themselves. We bring you a link to the story and a video with reporting on the event.

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Lewis Chess Piece Worth Over $1 Million Found in Drawer

June 5, 2019

A chess piece from the oldest-known chess set on Earth was found in Scotland after being kept in a drawer for fifty-five years. The piece, known as the Lewis Warder, is scheduled to be put up for auction and is expected to fetch upwards of $1 million. In our Scotland Travelogue, we highlighted some of the history and folklore surrounding the Isle of Lewis chess pieces currently being housed at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Chess at Brewer Riverwalk Festival

May 31, 2019

On Saturday, June 8th, the City of Brewer, Maine will be celebrating its Riverwalk with a Grand Opening Festival. Part of the festivities will include chess on a giant outdoor chess set. We hope you can come down for the fun and festivities. More information and a schedule of events: Brewer Riverwalk Grand Opening Festival

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Kaoori Chess Company

May 31, 2019

The Koori Chess Company offers traditional, modern, and unique chess sets and equipment. George Harrolds of Kaoori Chess has offered a 10% Discount for the community! Use discount code chessmaine10. Check out their fine selection at

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1st Maine State Correspondence Chess Championship

May 26, 2019

The 1st Maine State Correspondence Chess Championship will begin on Saturday, July 13, 2019 on the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) website. The event will be a double round-robin in one section with a time control of 10 moves in 50 days. Here are the details of the event and what you need to know to get registered.

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Evan Smith Wins Second Annual Crusader Cup Series

May 14, 2019

Evan Smith is the 2018-2019 Crusader Cup Champion, scoring 29 out of 32 possible game points. The Crusader Cup Series is a year-long competition consisting of four events: the Bapst End of Summer Tournament, the Bapst Fall Tournament, the Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament, and the John Bapst Open. Smith was trailed by Evan Annis (28/32) in second place and Tala Bayless who finished third with (27/32).

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