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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MECA Meeting Minutes April 27, 2019

May 7, 2019

The Maine Chess Association held an open meeting on April 27, 2019. Thanks to MECA Secretary Wyatt Hendrix, we bring you the meeting minutes. You can also find these minutes on the ChessMaine.net Board Room link.

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2020 New England Open Planning Committee Needed

May 7, 2019

The Maine Chess Association is looking for players and organizers who are interested in serving on a planning committee with the goal of brining the 2020 New England Open to Maine. Meetings will be held online which will eliminate the need for travel. We ask for your support, ideas, and expertise in this important effort. Please contact Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley to express your interest in joining the 2020 New England Open Planning Committee.

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Aaron Spencer Wins Downeast Open

May 7, 2019

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.

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Downeast Open Livestream

May 4, 2019

The 2019 Downeast Open is currently underway at Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton, Maine. We are delighted to bring you live video coverage of Board 1 in the open section. After the conclusion of the event, the video will be archived for on-demand viewing.

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Wyatt Hendrix and Lucas McCain Win Maine State Chess Championship

April 17, 2019

Wyatt Hendrix of Hermon and Lucas McCain of Yarmouth won the 2019 Maine State Chess Championship held at the Waterville Grand Hotel on April 13-14th. Both players put up 4.0 points--Hendrix an undefeated three wins and two draws, and McCain four wins and one loss. Congratulations to our newly minted State Champions!

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Cynthia Cui Wins Houlton Spring Open

April 7, 2019

Cynthia Cui of New Brunswick, Canada took clear first at the seven-player Houlton Spring Open played on Saturday, April 6th at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine. Roger Morin came second and Tristan Cousineau took clear third. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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First Maine Online Open

April 3, 2019

Maine Chess Association Secretary Wyatt Hendrix has established the First Online Maine Open, a three-day-per-move round robin, in which players will be grouped by fives and will play four games simultaneously correspondence style. The tournament will be hosted on Chess.com and is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 10th.

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Hikaru Nakamura and Jennifer Yu are U.S. Chess Champions

March 31, 2019

The U.S. Chess Championship went down to the wire this afternoon in St. Louis where, in the final round, the three top players---Nakamura, Caruana, and Dominguez--had 7.0 points. Caruara was first to draw. When Nakamura pulled off a win with Black vs Xiong, all eyes were on Dominguez-Gareyev. The native Cuban, now playing for the U.S., had an extra knight but with only two rook-pawns on the board he could not convert the win. With that, Hikaru Nakamura became the 2019 U.S. Champion. Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Yu had already wrapped up the U.S. Women's Championship title with a round to spare but for good measure won her last game vs Carissa Yip for an incredible 10 points in eleven games.

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Scholastic Individual Championships Tournament Report

March 31, 2019

One hundred sixty-eight scholastic chess players competed in the largest State Scholastic Individual Chess Championships in Maine history. The tournament, which attracted players from accross the state, offered six sections of competition: K-1, K-3, K-6, K-8, K-12 U1200, and K-12 Championship. In addition, a twelve-player open event was held concurrently. Here's the illustrated tournament report with complete results and US Chess crosstables.

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