Searching for the best woman chess player

9/14/2004 – This Thursday there will be an exciting two-game rapid chess match in New York between the French and American women's champions Almira Skripchenko and Irina Krush. The sponsor is the search engine company Accoona.com and will be transmitted live on the Playchess server. Here's the latest press release...

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Searching for the best women chess player in the world

The Accoona French-American Women’s Chess Championship in New York City at The Russian Samovar, 1pm Thursday September 16, 2004

The World’s First Artificial Intelligence Search Engine, developed by Accoona, launching on December 6, 2004

Press release

New York, NY 9/14/04 – Two of the World’s best women Chess Players are set to face off in the ACCOONA French-American Women’s Chess Championship on Thursday September 16, at the Russian Samovar*, in the heart of Times Square, New York City.

French Champion, Almira Skripchenko, will meet American Champion, Irina Krush, in this ACCOONA World Chess Championship Series Match. The winner earns the right to challenge Zhu Chen, Women’s World Champion from China, in the ACCOONA Women’s World Chess Championship Finals, slated for December 7, 2004 at the ABC Television Times Square Studios.

The ACCOONA Championship Chess Matches are sanctioned by The New York City Sports Commission, The Association of Chess Professionals, and The United States Chess Federation. American Chess Master John Fernandez will serve as Arbiter for the Championship Match.

ACCOONA announced today more exciting additions to its star-studded International Chess event. Kenneth Podziba, New York City Sports Commissioner, will make the ceremonial first move for the American Champion, and Deputy Cultural Counselor Olivier Boasson of The French Embassy, will make the first move for the French Champion. ACCOONA has also announced that two famous chess personalities, International Master and Canadian Champion Pascal Charbonneau, and television personality and writer Paul Hoffman, will be on hand to provide live move-by-move commentary to the worldwide media, as the match is broadcast to millions of spectators via the Internet at ACCOONA.com.

At 1pm, ACCOONA Executive Director Jonathan McCann will present the Chess Champions and VIP guests to the media for Interviews and Photo Opportunities. The Championship Match will begin at 2 pm. Complimentary Russian Food and Drink will be served throughout the event.

Skripchenko (French Champion) vs. Krush (American Champion)

The match-up between Almira Skripchenko and Irina Krush is extremely close. Irina is nominally six points stronger than Almira, but the French Champion has more international titles and championship wins to her name.

28-year-old Almira Skripchenko was recently crowned French Champion, solidifying her status as the #1 woman player in France. Skripchenko was crowned European Women’s Chess Champion in 2001, and earlier this year won the first ever women’s chess super tournament in Krasnoturinsk, Russia. Skripchenko has twice made it to the quarterfinals of the World Championships. Just recently Almira won the strongest women's chess tournament ever held, the North Urals Cup.
20-year-old Irina Krush is one of the best American woman chess players of all time. She became the youngest woman ever to compete in the US Women’s Chess Championship at age 11, and became the youngest ever to win the same event at the age of 14. Krush has participated in several US Championships, and represented the USA at both the Chess Olympiad and the Women’s World Chess Championship on multiple occasions. Krush is currently the #1 rated female player in the USA.
Women’s World Chess Champion from China, 28-year-old Zhu Chen, rose to the pinnacle of the chess world in 2002 when she won the Women’s World Championship in Moscow. She has had much success at the international level, winning the World Girls Under 12 championship and also winning the World Girls Under 20 championship twice. She also became the first ever Woman’s World Champion to defeat the reigning World Champion when she stunned Ruslan Ponomariov in Dubai in 2002. Zhu Chen has represented China worldwide at the highest level.

ACCOONA is launching the World’s First Artificial Intelligence Search Engine that better understands the users’ queries through algorithms that restate the queries based on sophisticated word permutations.

ACCOONA’S revolutionary Search Technology allows users to SuperTarget their searches with improved relevancy and accuracy. www.ACCOONA.com is launching December 6, 2004 in the US and China.

*The Russian Samovar is located at 256 W.52nd St. B/T Broadway and 8th Ave.

For Further Information: Please contact Jonathan McCann, jonathan@Accoona.com, 646.215.8124.

*Certain information discussed in this Press Release may constitute forward-looking statements. Although Accoona believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved.

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