Internet Scholastic Chess Champion Announced - Sponsored by World Chess Network and ChessCentral

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Hundreds of contestants from around the world competed in the Internet Scholastic Chess Championship, the largest student chess tournament ever played online. The final rounds were held in Las Vegas on July 8-10, with First Place winner, 9 year old Daniel Naroditsky in the 5 - 9 age group and Daniel Kazmaier in the 10 - 16 age group. The chess sets, chess boards and chess clocks were donated by ChessCentral, the InternetÂ?s leading chess shop.

The Internet Scholastic Chess Championship, with over $10,000 in prizes, trophies, and WCN memberships, began the qualifying rounds in April, 2005 on http://www.WorldChessNetwork.com with hundreds of students from around the world, in 2 divisions (ages 5-9 and 10-16). The final rounds were held July 8th through the 10th at Harrah's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where 14 kids from the United States and Canada came together to vie for the title of Internet Scholastic Champion.

In the 5 - 9 age group the First Place winner was 9 year old Daniel Naroditsky from the U.S.A., who earned $2,000.00 for his efforts. Placing second was Nikolas Orlov, who won $1,000.00. In the 10 - 16 age group Daniel Kazmaier and Max Enkin finished first and second, respectively. All of the Las Vegas Finalists received a minimum of $300.00 in cash for their efforts and each competitor also received prizes of chess merchandise from http://www.ChessCentral.com.

"All of us at WCN were extremely pleased with the success of our inaugural Internet Scholastic Chess Championship (ISCC)! All of the participants, parents, coaches, and friends seemed to really enjoy the venue, the competition and the fun! I have never seen a tournament where the kids competed so hard, yet made wonderful friends with the other competitors. The quality of chess was excellent, but it was the true spirit of sportsmanship which the children displayed that really stood out to me. It was a great tribute to late Dato Arthur Tan Boon Shih and an event that we feel will get bigger and better each year!" said Patrick J. Connoy, the CEO of WCN.

Mr. Conway presented the trophies and prizes to the winners. Trophies were generously donated by The House of Staunton, while the finalists received participation certificates and cash prizes provided by WCN. All of the chess sets, chess boards, and chess clocks used in this tournament were donated by http://www.ChessCentral.com, the Internet's leading chess shop for players of all ages. At http://www.ChessCentral,com parents can find a special section devoted to chess for kids at http://www.chesscentral.com/kids-chess-children/kids-chess-children.htm, as well as the chess sets, chess pieces, and chess boards used in the tournament at http://www.chesscentral.com/chess-sets-pieces.htm.

This tournament was organized in the memory of the late Dato Arthur Tan Boon Shih, the son of Dato Tan Chin Nam the former Deputy President of the International Chess Federation and a patron of chess throughout the globe. Dato Arthur Tan Boon Shih was well known world-wide for his public service, who quietly contributed to boating and chess at Geelong Grammar in Australia, and donating art masterpieces from his own collection to the Art Foundation of Victoria, also in Australia.

Chess is one of the few games children really enjoy and benefit from. Leopold Lacrimosa, a noted student chess coach, states that “When a child takes up chess, he begins to develop logical thinking, critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, as well as mathematical skills such as algebra and geometry.”

World Chess Network provides one of the Internet's safest communities for children ages 5-16. To keep the environment safe, WCN has 10 online administrators and 50 online helpers continuously monitoring the play. There is also an automatic system that forbids bad or abusive language. A strict ethics code is enforced to protect children as well as adult players. This has made WCN the #1 place for young chess players on the Internet. “We are proud to be part of the WCN community, which offers a wonderful environment where kids can safely gather to learn and play the royal game,” said Sid Pickard, owner of http://www.ChessCentral.com.

According to Michel Gagne, WCN's Marketing Director, the Internet Scholastic Chess Championship will be held yearly as part of WCN activities in order to fuel the growing interest in chess among the younger generation of players around the world.

About World Chess Network (http://www.WorldChessNetwork.com)

The World Chess Network is designed for players from novice to Grandmaster. Anyone can play chess, earn a rating, access their personal game history, view the latest professional games, and much more. WCN presents more than two hundred events each month featuring many of the world's finest players. The site has a strong, friendly worldwide community that is growing daily. WCN makes it easy for players to develop new friendships and find chess partners which they will enjoy playing with and talking to for years to come.

About ChessCentral (http://www.ChessCentral.com)

WCN's partner at http://www.ChessCentral.com has been the leading chess shop on the Internet for over 7 years. At ChessCentral visitors will find a wide range of chess information and chess products, including cutting-edge chess software, traditional and artistic chess sets and chess boards, electronic books, and other chess equipment designed for beginners to Grandmasters

For more information on World Chess Network contact Michel Gagne at http://www.WorldChessNetwork.com

For more information on ChessCentral contact Sid Pickard at http://www.ChessCentral.com

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