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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monroi announces Judit Polgar-Greg Kaidanov Sicilian Match

From the official website of

"MonRoi™ Inc. is a privately held company, based in Montreal, Canada.

MonRoi is a world leader in live chess technology. The Company uses proprietary software to enable people worldwide to view live chess tournaments on their computers. They can choose which matches to watch, just like sport events on television. With media rich opportunities, MonRoi is enhancing the experience with an interactive web portal with live game analysis, spectator chat, chess event listings, results and relevant chess information."

This company has had a really big effect on chess players from what I have seen of them at the 2009 Canadian Open Chess Championship in Edmonton,which I played and volunteered at. Many of the top players now no longer write their moves down during a game.Instead I saw many if not all of the top players in the tournament using a Monroi product called "The Monroi PM ("PM stands for "Personal Chess Manager."). which you can read about here: This product is hand-held and allows the owner to place his or her moves into a screen,which records the entire game of chess being played.

In regards to the Judit Polgar-Greg Kaidanov match I alluded to at the start of this blog entry, the  Monroi website indicates that:

"this match will take place between the dates February 22-25th, and will be a Sicilian Theme Match (Dragon, Scheveningen, Najdorf or Sveshnikov.These four names are four variations of the Sicilian defense played by the player of the black pieces." )

"The format of the match will be: 4 Classical 90min /40 move games,  with a possible Blitz playoff if the two players are tied at the end of the four games."
The purpose of this match as stated at the Monroi website is:

"Purpose: Make a fun match for all to enjoy on the Internet. Onsite invitation only, closed to general view. The match will be webcast on the Internet.
Host: Jeff Smith, Business Consultant. Jeff supports chess as a hobby and enjoys seeing others benefit from the game.
Match Budget: 22K with a prize fund of 16K. 100% prize money funded by Mr. Smith.

It will be interesting to see how many people join the Monroi website (which is absolutely free), to watch this match, as the Monroi website is the only place on the internet you will be able to watch Polgar and Kaidanov battle it out over the board.
You can sign up for free to access the monroi website by clicking on the following link:

Best wishes to Judit Polgar and Gregory Kaidanov in the match, and I hope that Monroi is able to raise the level of understanding and awareness of their products among potential users of their product and raise the level of understanding and awareness of chess among the general public by hosting this event!

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.