Accoona Women's Championship in New York

2/5/2005 – The final of the Accoona Women's World Chess Championship will be held on March 1st at the ABC Times Square Studios in the heart of New York City. It is sponsored by a new and very ambitious search engine company, and will be introduced by Steve Forbes. Ladies, start your engines...

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Steve Forbes to introduce the
Accoona Women’s World Chess Championship


Irina Krush

Zhu Chen
Chinese World Champion, Zhu Chen, 27, to oppose American Star Irina Krush, 21

March 1, 2005, 5pm at the ABC Times Square Studios

Press Release

New York, February 7, 2005Accoona.com, the new Artificial Intelligence Web Search Company, announced today that it will present the Accoona Women’s World Chess Championship on March 1, 2005, 5pm, at The ABC Times Square Studios, in the heart of New York City.

The evening will begin with an introduction from renowned international business figure, Steve Forbes (picture right). Mr. Forbes will speak about the advent of Web Search and its business applications throughout the world, particularly its promise in China, the World’s fastest growing economy and marketplace. Mr. Forbes will also perform the ceremonial first move for the Chess Championship.

This world-class Chess event, sanctioned by the New York City Sports Commission, the US Chess Federation, and the Association of Chess Professionals, promises to be an exciting cultural exchange between China and America.

“On behalf of the New York City I am proud to welcome the Accoona Women’s Chess Championship to New York City,” said New York City Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba. “Chess fans throughout China and worldwide will be watching closely as these champions square off in a battle of great minds,” continued Podziba.


The New York Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba

The women will play two games of rapid chess, with each dramatic game lasting at most one hour. If the match ends in a tie, the champions will play a sudden-death ten minute game. Move-by-move commentary will be provided by award-winning author and television personality Paul Hoffman and Canadian Chess Champion and International Master Pascal Charbonneau. International Grandmaster Ron Henley will serve as official arbiter for the Championship Match.

Accoona enjoys a unique partnership in China with the China Daily Information Company, the largest and official English Language Web destination in China, from which Accoona has access to over 10 million unique visitors per day.

About Accoona: www.Accoona.com, is a Web Search Technology company dedicated to making it easier for people to find information on the Internet. The Accoona Artificial Intelligence Search Technology understands the meaning of words and allows users to “Supertarget” key words within a search query, thus providing more relevant results. The Accoona QuickProfile also grants users one-click access to pertinent business information which often can be difficult to locate, such as Business Contact Information, Telephone and Fax numbers, sales figures, and other useful business information.


Chinese ex world champion Zhu Chen


Ex US women's champion Irina Krush


With Garry Kasparov in New York

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