U.S. Championships: Wesley So Repeats, Carissa Yip Dominates

October 19, 2021

Wesley So won the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship playoff played at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center after finishing in a three-way tie for first with Fabiano Caruana and Sam Sevian with 6.5/11. Carissa Yip took the U.S. Women's Championship title with one round to spare dominating the field with 8.5/11 and 1.5 points ahead of her nearest rival.

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1st Maine Online Open Tournament Report

October 17, 2021

Two and a half years in the making, the 1st Maine Online Open played on Chess.com concluded on September 21, 2021. Twenty-six players competed in this three-round tournament with a time control of three days per move producing 102 games. Finishing equal first were Ruben Babayan (64blacknwhite) and Dan DeLuca (ChessMaine).

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Maine Scholastic Chess Initiative

September 24, 2021

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Maine Chess Association Board members Mike Dudley and Oisin O'Searcoid, Maine scholastic chess has been invigorated with new opportunities for players to participate in chess events throughout the year including a free-entry Scholastic Grand Prix tournament schedule, an Online Chess League, and Online Chess Events.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins Chess "Knight"

September 18, 2021

Chess continues to enjoy a resurgence in popular culture. After the wildly successful Netflix mini-series The Queen's Gambit, chess is showing up all over: in cafes, bars, and art galleries. Now the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team is leveraging the popularity of chess.

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George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize Announcement - Q2 & Q3 2021

September 18, 2021

On account of the number of games played in the second quarter of 2021, the George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize committee will consider two prizes for games played between April 1 and September 30, 2021!

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Morin Memorial Tournament Report

September 18, 2021

Thirty-one players in three sections turned out at the Roger J. and Lois Morin Memorial Tournament at the University of Maine Memorial Union on September 11, 2021. The Morin Memorial Tournament is held in September in memory of Roger Morin, a former Maine State Champion and tournament director who was a pillar of the Maine chess community for decades. Lois Morin, Roger's wife, established the tournament in his honor as a fundraiser for the Roger J. Morin Scholarship Fund, which paid out its first scholarships this year to Wyatt Hendrix, Isaac Dinnerstein, and Zachary Brislin. Lois passed away in April 2020.

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Maine Chess Association Receives Honorable Mention From Chess Journalists of America

August 22, 2021

The Maine Chess Association received an Honorable Mention Award from the Chess Journalists of America in the Best State Chapter Website category of the 2021 CJA Awards. We'd like to thank the Chess Journalists of America for their continued support and recognition of excellence in chess journalism and all who have contributed to the Maine Chess Association and ChessMaine.net. Congratulations!

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Maine Well Represented at the Continental Open

August 22, 2021

Sturbridge, MA Nine Mainers entered the three or four day, seven round Continental Open in mid-August. Eight sections were offered, attracting 375 players. Elizabeth Mock attended the tournament and summitted this report.

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Ben Mock Wins Class B Prize at U.S. Open

August 11, 2021

While representing Maine at the 37th annual GM Arnold Denker National Tournament of High School State Champions, Ben Mock found the time to participate in--and win--the Class B prize at the 2021 U. S. Open in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Congratulations Ben on crushing it in Cherry Hill!

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Mainers at the US Chess Scholastic Invitationals in Cherry Hill, NJ

August 10, 2021

The Maine Chess Association nominated four young players to represent the state at the national "Tournament of Champions." Each player won their respective individual qualifying tournament and was named state champion or co-champion. Maine Chess Association Director Elisabeth Mock attended the tournament and submitted this report.

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