Morin Wins January Houlton Open

January 12, 2019

Roger Morin ran the table at the January 2019 Houlton Open played on Saturday, January 12th at the Art Studio in Houlton, Maine. Eight players, braving sub-zero wind chill temperatures, traveled to Aroostook County to participate in this event. Just off the perfect score of the leader were Cynthia Cui (3.0) and Tristan Cousineau (2.5). Here's the illustrated tournament report with U.S. Chess crosstables.

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Puerto Rico Travelogue

January 7, 2019

In the heart of the Caribbean nestled between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands lies the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. Over the holidays, we took a break from the Maine winter and visited the Island of Enchantment. A little more than a year after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico, the island is still rebounding.

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Maine Chess Events Featured in the Bangor Daily News

January 7, 2019

Two upcoming chess events in Bangor, a lecture and simultaneous exhibition by WGM Sabina Foisor on February 1st at John Bapst Memorial High School and the Maine Girls' and Women's Championship tournament on February 2nd at the Bangor Public Library, were featured in the Bangor Daily News recently. We bring you the links and details for these events.

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Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament Report

January 7, 2019

A whopping eighty-one players turned out for Maine's first US Chess rated tournament of 2019. The Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament held at John Bapst High School on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 offered five sections: Open, U1600, U1200, U800, and U400. This tournament attracted a near-record number of participants in a non-state scholastic championship tournament. The record of 104 players is still held by the 2000 St. Mary's Winter Warm-Up. Here's the illustrated tournament report with crosstables.

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Crusader Cup Standings

January 3, 2019

With the third event in the 2018-2019 Crusader Cup Series --the Bob Solinger Memorial Tournament-to be played on Saturday, January 5th, we bring you the current standings.

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MECA Coaches' Communique: January 2019

December 31, 2018

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley shares his Coaches' Communique to end the year and ring in 2019.

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BIS #14 Tournament Report

December 22, 2018

The fourteenth edition of the Bapst Impromptu Swiss Tournament took place at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor on Thursday, December 22, 2018. The three-round, G/25, d5 tournament attracted eleven players. Wyatt Hendrix took clear first with an unbeaten and untied 3.0 points. Trailing the leader were Ben Amar and Nathan Gates who shared second with 2.5 points apiece. Here's the illustrated tournament report with U.S. Chess crosstable.

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Nutcracker Blitz Tournament Report

December 17, 2018

The inaugural edition of the Nutcracker Blitz tournament, hosted by the Bonny Eagle Chess Club, was held on Saturday, December 15th at Snickerdoodle's Café in Limington, Maine and attracted XX players. The event featured two sections and seven rounds of Game-in-5-minute chess with no delay. Here's the tournament report with US Chess crosstables and a video of one of the games between the top players.

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MECA Election Results

December 15, 2018

Results of the 2018 Maine Chess Associations Election are in. All eight positions were filled and Board member-elects are slated to serve MECA for two-year terms ending in December 2020. We welcome both returning and new members of the Executive Board and thank all those who participated in the election.

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Wyatt Hendrix Runs the Table at Friday Night Blitz

December 11, 2018

Wyatt Hendrix turned in an impressive performance by leveling the competition at the Friday Night Blitz tournament in Bangor with ten wins without a single loss or draw. Six players competed in the Game in 5 minute event with no delay or increment hosted by John Bapst Memorial High School on Friday, December 7, 2018. Ben Mock was two points off the break-neck pace of the winner scoring 8.0 points.

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