The French-American chess challenge

by ChessBase
4/15/2004 – What a lovely idea! ChinaCom, the company sponsoring the current ACP Inaugural Tournament, has just announced that they will stage a rapid chess match between the two strongest women players in France and the US. It will be held in a beautiful ambient, quite appropriate when you see who the players are. Press release...

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New York City, NY
September 16-17th 2004

Sanctioned by:

The New York City
Sports Commission

The Association of
Chess Professionals (ACP)

The United States
Chess Federation (USCF)

Press release

French-American Women's Chess Championship
to be held in New York City

New York, NY April 19, 2004 China Communications Corp., “ChinaCom,” presents the French-American Women’s Chess Championship, to be held September 16-17th 2004 at the Russian Samovar in New York City. A press conference will be held May 14, 2004, 5:30 pm, at the same location. Attending the Press Conference will be the City of New York Sports Commissioner Kenneth Podziba, American Champion Irina Krush, and French Champion Almira Skripchenko.

This world-class chess event, sanctioned by the New York City Sports Commission, the US Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Professionals, will be the first to be broadcast in China via the Internet, with real-time move-by-move commentary, in Chinese, French and English.

“It is my pleasure to welcome the French-American Women’s Chess Championship to New York City, said New York City Sports Commissioner Kenneth Podziba. People from around the world will be watching closely as these Champions square off to defend their countries in a battle of great minds.”

The Championship will feature Almira Skripchenko, who was crowned European Women’s Champion in 2001 and top-rated French woman in 2004, versus Irina Krush, who in 1998 was the youngest woman to win the American Championship and is currently the top-rated woman player in the USA.

“This International event aims to enhance French-American cultural relations,” said ChinaCom CEO Robb Allen.

For contestants’ pictures, please visit The Russian Samovar is located at 256 52nd St. b/t 8th ave. and Broadway NYC.

About China Communications Copr. ChinaCom is building a Search-Engine Platform to focus on the Chinese B2B Market, the fastest-growing market in the World. Through its exclusive partnership with, ChinaCom has positioned itself to become the leader in the Chinese B2B Market.

Press Contact: Belinda Banks, Tel: +1-718.320.4898


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