Chessmaster® 9000 Defeats Reigning US Chess Champion Larry Christiansen
Chessmaster Wins Four Game Match 2.5 to 1.5 Via Live Internet Broadcast on
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - October 1, 2002 - Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the
world's largest video game publishers, and The Internet Chess Club (Chessclub.com),
the world's premiere online chess destination, today announced that Chessmaster
9000 defeated reigning US Chess Champion, Grandmaster Larry Christiansen, two
and a half games to one and a half games, in a four game match played over two
days, Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29.
"The Christiansen vs. Chessmaster 9000 results prove that Chessmaster's
world class chess engine offers a serious challenge to even the world's chess
playing elite," said Karen "KC" Conroe, group brand manager for
Ubi Soft Entertainment. "We sincerely thank reigning U.S. Chess Champion
Larry Christiansen, one of the world's finest chess players, for his exciting
play in this hard fought exhibition match and wish Larry the best of luck as he
defends his title next January in Seattle."
The four game match was broadcast live on Chessclub.com's website, with audio
commentary provided by Chess.fm featuring live, expert commentary during each of
the games from some of the chess world's most celebrated players. Reigning
Women's US Chess Champion and International Master Jennifer Shahade, Grandmaster
Joel Benjamin, International Master and Chessmaster celebrity Josh Waitzkin, and
Woman's Grandmaster Susan Polgar all provided commentary during the match.
Yasser Seirawan, Grandmaster and co-founder of America's Foundation for Chess,
will provide post-event written analysis in the coming weeks.
Mr. Christiansen, rated 2559, took on four different Grandmaster-level
personalities from the Chessmaster 9000 retail product, finally facing The
Chessmaster personality on Sunday at 6 p.m. In the first match on Saturday
morning at 10am, Christiansen played as black, facing down Chessmaster 9000's
Alexander Alekhine personality, known for its trap-setting style, and jumped to
an early lead in the match. "Christiansen fought hard in all four games and
was obviously ready to play," said Terry Coleman, producer of Chessmaster
9000 for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "He saw right through the traps the
Alekhine personality set and just crushed Chessmaster in game one."
Game two pitted Christiansen against Chessmaster 9000's Bobby Fischer
personality, a hard-fighting controlled aggression style. This tense positional
struggle resulted in Chessmaster 9000 evening the match at a game apiece. Game
three was the pivotal point in the match, with the score all even and
Christiansen facing Chessmaster 9000's Botvinnik personality, which offered a
balanced, counterattacking style. "Christiansen launched a ferocious attack
true to his style, but Chessmaster 9000 successfully defended and eventually won
the game in over four hours of intense play," continued Coleman.
Sunday's final pitted Christiansen against The Chessmaster, a personality
rated at 2767, and featuring Chessmaster 9000's strongest, most comprehensive
style of play. "After five moves, both Christiansen and The Chessmaster
were out of opening theory," said Coleman. "The fourth game was played
for over 40 moves to a classic draw, completing this very exciting match."
About US Chess Champion and Grandmaster Larry Christiansen Born June 27, 1956
in Riverside, California, Larry Christiansen first started playing chess when he
was nine years old. In the following years, Larry developed a love for the game
as he regularly played and honed his skills. At the age of 21, in 1977, Larry
found greatness, becoming a Grandmaster by winning the Malaga Tournament in
Spain. He is a three time US Chess Champion having won in 1980, 1983 and 2002,
and an eight time veteran of the chess Olympiads.
About Chessmaster 9000
Chessmaster is a teacher, mentor and ultimate opponent that provides countless
hours of interactive competition and fun for anyone interested in chess. Since
the first version appeared for the PC in 1986, Chessmaster has been the dominant
chess franchise in the world, selling more than 5 million units and winning
numerous awards. Chessmaster 9000 builds on the strong foundation of its
predecessors by adding many new tools and a complete curriculum to help players
discover the fun of chess, while mastering the game. A 2 CD set, Chessmaster
9000 has over 150 opponents, 800 classic games, a free online matchmaking
service and rated games online via Ubi.com, offering a challenge to players of
all skill levels from beginners to Grandmasters. Chessmaster 9000 has an MSRP of
$39.99. Owners of previous Chessmaster PC versions are eligible for a $10 rebate
when they upgrade to Chessmaster 9000. Additional details on the rebate can be
found at Ubi.com or at your favorite videogame retailer.
About The Internet Chess Club
With over 25,000 paying members from all over the world, The Internet Chess Club
(Chessclub.com) is the longest running and most vibrant chess community on the
internet. Chessclub.com is the only internet site with a substantial presence of
titled players, and is the undisputed leader in online chess. On the site you
can play games and get a rating, watch Grandmasters play, take lessons, play in
tournaments, play in simultaneous exhibitions, try chess variants like bughouse,
crazyhouse and atomic, play chess programs of all levels, and much more. To
learn more visit www.chessclub.com.
About America's Foundation for Chess
America's Foundation for Chess is a 501(c)3 public charity. Founded in Seattle,
Wash., the Foundation's mission is to strengthen the minds and character of
young people, by advancing chess in American schools and culture. More
information can be found at www.af4c.org.
About Ubi Soft Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is an international producer, publisher and distributor
of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia
industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as
has Ubi Soft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several
high-profile companies, Ubi Soft has also confirmed its presence on the global
market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France,
Ubi Soft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different
countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and
through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to
delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the
world. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.
©2002 Ubi Soft, Inc. All rights reserved. Ubi Soft Entertainment and the Ubi
Soft logo are registered trademarks and Chessmaster is a trademark of Ubi Soft,
Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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