PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — New Hampshire defeated Maine in a “Border Battle Cup” chess match among 20 top players – the first competition the two states have had since 1977.

New Hampshire won Saturday.

The event was sponsored by the Maine Chess and New Hampshire Chess associations and was held at the Portsmouth Public Library.

The Portsmouth Herald reports 60-year-old Henry “Hal” Therrie of Manchester captained the New Hampshire team to its 1977 victory. He represented the state as one of its 10 best players. He says it’s a fun event and he hopes it can be held annually.