Orono student ’09 chess champion

Posted April 01, 2009, at 5:41 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — With a perfect score of 4 points, Gabe Borland of Orono High School became Maine’s 2009 high school chess champion at the state’s individual scholastic chess tournament March 21.

Lucas McCain of Yarmouth High School earned 3.5 points for the second-place trophy.

After a three-way tie among John Bapst’s Zach Smith and Bangor High School’s Henry Chai and Andrew Audibert, each of whom had 3 points, tie breaks gave the third-place trophy to Andrew Audibert.

Borland now qualifies to represent Maine at the national level in August at the Denker tournament for high school champions. The tournament will take place in Indianapolis, Ind.

Borland, a college-bound senior planning to study biology, was elected First Board by the Orono High School chess team, which also included 2007-08 state girls champion, Sorel Edes.

Orono was undefeated during the Penobscot Valley Chess League’s regular season and won the league tournament championship in February. Orono went on to place fourth in the state March 7.

Borland won his individual title two weeks later at a statewide tournament hosted on the Orono campus of the University of Maine.

Orono High School students have earned the boys’ and girls’ state individual chess titles six times in the last seven years.

Orono High School students have earned the boys’ and girls’ state individual chess titles six times in the last seven years. Borland joins a roster including Zening Chen, Cullen Edes (winning twice), Sorel Edes and Germaine Kickert. All qualified to represent Maine nationally at the prestigious Denker or Polgar tournaments.

With the support of former Asa Adams principal Sue O’Roak, Borland helped found and revive Orono’s elementary school chess program. He was instrumental in establishing weekly chess mentoring of third- through fifth-graders as a community service project through which Orono High School students could interact with younger players and satisfy their service learning requirement for graduation.

Gabe Borland (center) of Orono High School won the state individual chess title March 21, at the University of Maine in Orono. Lucas McCain (left) of Yarmouth placed second, and Andrew Audibert of Bangor High took home the third-place trophy.

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