Madame Ojjeh say NAO to Einstein

by ChessBase
1/15/2003 – She came with high hopes of reunifying the chess world. Nahed Ojjeh, Syrian-born multi-millionaire, created the NAO chess club and joined forces with the British Einstein Group and even put up the prize fund of the 2002 Einstein "Candidates Tournament" in Dortmund. Apparently some of the monies did not go to the players, and Einstein stopped answering enquiries. Now Madame Ojjeh has broken all relations with the Einstein Group. More.

ChessBase 17 - Mega package ChessBase 17 - Mega package

ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it.


Press release
Paris, 14th January 2003

Mrs. Nahed Ojjeh, President of NAO Chess Club, has decided to break all relations with the Einstein group.

Since its creation, NAO Chess Club and its president Mrs. Nahed OJJEH have been seeking the development as well as the reunification of the world of chess. In that spirit, in July 2002, to guarantee the success of the "Candidates Tournament", first phase of the reunification process, Mrs. OJJEH put up a prize-fund of 300,000 Euros. The Einstein Group, in charge of the event, did not respect its engagement. It did not pay out the whole sum allocated to the players for the tournament. Some participants, among them Evgeny BAREEV and Boris GELFAND, were not paid. For the past four months, NAO's inquiries have remained unanswered by the Einstein Group. The Einstein Group claims it is not responsible, giving false excuses. This is both scandalous and unacceptable. These carry prejudices to the players and discredit the world of chess. The NAO Chess Club and its President cannot be responsible for such behavior and in consequence have decided to break all relations with the Einstein Group.


In the original French:

Steve Timmins, CEO of the Einstein Group

Madame Nahed OJJEH, Présidente du NAO Chess Club, décide de rompre tout lien avec le groupe Einstein.

Depuis sa création, le NAO Chess Club et sa Présidente Madame Nahed OJJEH œuvrent pour le développement et la réunification du monde des échecs. Ainsi, en juillet 2002, afin de garantir le succès du " Tournoi des Candidats ", premier pas du processus de réunification, Madame OJJEH a octroyé une bourse de prix de 300 000 Euros. Cependant, le Groupe Einstein, gérant l'événement, n'a pas respecté ses engagements. Il n'a pas reversé l'intégralité du montant de la bourse allouée. En effet, certains participants, dont Evgeny BAREEV et Boris GELFAND, n'ont pas encore été rémunérés. Depuis quatre mois, les relances incessantes effectuées par le NAO Chess Club auprès des responsables du Groupe Einstein sont restées lettres mortes. Le Groupe Einstein se défausse en prétextant des excuses mensongères. Ce fait est scandaleux et inacceptable. Il porte préjudice aux intérêts des joueurs et discrédite le monde des échecs. Le NAO Chess Club et sa Présidente ne peuvent être garants de tels comportements et décident en conséquence de rompre tout lien avec le Groupe Einstein.



Reports about chess: tournaments, championships, portraits, interviews, World Championships, product launches and more.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register