MECA Call for Nominations

September 24, 2022

The Maine Chess Association is now accepting nominations for all four officer positions and all four director positions for the 2022 election cycle, which begins on December 1, 2022. All officer positions are electable to two-year terms, and all director positions are electable to one-year terms.

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UMaine Chess Team Seeks Matches with Colleges and Universities

September 17, 2022

The University of Maine Chess Team is interested in creating a match/tournament schedule with other college and university chess teams. If you are a member of a college or university chess team or club that might be interested in facing off against UMaine please contact Wyatt Hendrix at igmwhendrix@gmail.com

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Gabe Eaton Wins George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize for Q2 2022

August 18, 2022

Gabe Eaton has won the George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize for the second quarter of 2022 for his win over Max Berube at the 2022 Maine State Open Championship in Waterville. Congratulations Gabe!

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Mainers At Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All Ages Chess Festival

August 15, 2022

Two Mainers, MECA President Michael Dudley and Lance Beloungie, joined six International Masters and two Grandmasters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to play in Pawn Wise: The Atlantic All Ages Chess Festival from 29 July to 2 August 2022.

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Maine Chess Association Calls for Committee Service

August 11, 2022

The Maine Chess Association is calling upon any interested members in good standing to assist the MECA Policy Board in charting a course for the future. In particular, the Maine Chess Association is looking for members to serve on the Scholastic Planning Committee, the Finance and Fundraising Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee.

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Roger J. Morin Memorial Chess Tournament Report

July 19, 2022

Matthew Fishbein, Max Berube, Wyatt Hendrix, Gabe Eaton, Aaron Spencer and Will Ravn traveled to Belgrade, Maine over Juneteenth weekend to play the second Roger J. Morin Memorial chess tournament. They warmed up with a double round of blitz at G/3;+2 and a single round of rapid at G/10;+5, both won by Fishbein with a total of 13/15 before settling in to play a hard-fought FIDE rated 40/90, SD/40;+30 for the title.

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In Memory: Dr. John Raymond Phythyon, Ph.D., 79

July 19, 2022

With great sadness we report the passing of Dr. John Raymond Phythyon, Ph.D. at the age of 79. John was a prolific chess player on the New England circuit competing in tournaments such as the Boston Chess Congress (MA), the Bradley Open (CT), and the Portsmouth Open (NH). John's last tournament, played just four months before his death, was the National Chess Day tournament in Kennebunk, Maine. We extend our deepest condolences to John's family and friends.

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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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