Glenburn Middle School Competes in the 2022 Middle School National Chess Championships

May 9, 2022

Glenburn Middle School competed in the 2022 National Middle School (K-8) National Chess Championships at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas on April 29 - May 1. The Glenburn team took 7th Place in the U900 section and 13th Place in the U700 section. Congratulations to the team and their coach Tom Coleman!

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Kate Gasser Classic Swiss Tournament Report

May 7, 2022

On April 16, 2022, the first running of the Kate Gasser Classic Swiss took place at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. Named for a frequent presence in the US Women's Championship and member of the Boylston Chess Club, the Gasser Swiss is a Swiss tournament open only to girls and women and is meant to celebrate the presence of female players on the tournament scene in Maine and elsewhere.

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Maine State Championship Tournament Report

May 7, 2022

Chess in Maine continued to show signs of strength in April, as the Maine State Open Championship ran in Waterville from April 22-24, 2022. Boasting the largest field since 1992, the Championship attracted an impressive 64 players in three sections. In addition to a guaranteed prize fund, the tournament offered the opportunity for Grand Prix Points and FIDE ratings to those in the Open section.

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Waynflete School Seeking Chess Instructor

April 16, 2022

Waynflete School, a private, coeducational, college preparatory day school for early childhood education to twelfth grade, in Portland, Maine, is seeking a chess instructor. The selected candidate will be responsible for overseeing weekly chess club meetings and coaching the chess team. The position will begin in the fall of 2022. A resume and three references will be required. For more information and to apply please contact Joe Alex at or Tess Anable at

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Maine Scholastic Individual Chess Championships Tournament Report

April 16, 2022

One hundred twenty-two scholastic chess players from across the state descended on Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine on Saturday, March 19th to compete for state scholastic chess championship titles in the high school, middle school, and elementary school sections of the 2022 Maine Scholastic Individual Chess Championships.

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George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize Update

March 21, 2022

The George Cunningham Brilliancy Prize Committee is accepting games played in the first quarter of 2022 for consideration of a Brilliancy Prize. Congratulations to Maine Chess Association president Michael Dudley for winning the Prize for the last quarter of 2021.

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All Saints Winter Warm-Up Tournament Report

March 20, 2022

Eighty-four players competed in four US Chess rated sections at the All Saints Winter Warm-Up played at All Saints Catholic School in Bangor on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Winners were: Maximus Mclean and Derrick Johnson in the K-5 section, Isaac Klein in the K-8 section, Jacon Klein and Declan Thomas in the K-12 section, and Gabe Eaton in the Open section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.

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A Message from Arnold Schwarzenegger

March 18, 2022

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the former governor of California, an actor, a former Mr. Olympia bodybuilder, and a chess player. He was recently published in The Atlantic with an article titled, I Have a Message for My Russian Friends.

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Maine Scholastic Chess Team Championships Tournament Report

March 15, 2022

Two hundred fifty-two scholastic chess players turned out for the 2022 Maine Scholastic Chess Team Championships played at Lewiston High School on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Titles and trophies were awarded in five sections: High School Championship, High School Reserve, Middle School Championship, Elementary Championship, and Primary Championship.

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From the Desk of the MECA President

March 13, 2022

Maine Chess Association president Michael Dudley updates the Maine chess community on the state of MECA and chess in Maine.

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