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June 1, 2000
Hull, Massachusetts. NetGames, announced that Yasser Seirawan has joined the company as President of their Chess Division and of their Chess.net site. Mr. Seirawan is the highest ranked American chess grandmaster both nationally and internationally and has been President of International Chess Enterprises for the past 10 years. Mr. Seirawan has authored numerous books and articles on the history, strategy and tactics of chess. He has recently competed in international tournaments in Bali, Bermuda and the Netherlands.
"Yasser comes to us with strong business skills, great ambassador credentials, and an intimate knowledge of the chess world," stated John Moore, CEO of NetGames. "We believe for our entire lineup of classical games he will be influential, but his impact on our successful chess site and business is unquestioned. He has been selling chess products for over a decade, authored the award winning Play Winning Chess series published by Microsoft Press and has been an international competitor of merit for a lengthy time. He brings authenticity and credibility to our site. We look for him to jump start our scholastic leagues, our instructional efforts and our event broadcasts."
John Fanning, the founder of NetGames and other successful internet companies such as Napster.com and NetMovies.com added, "I am a chess enthusiast. Having someone with Yasser's stature join us is certainly a positive. He joins former world champion Anatole Karpov and famed chess trainer Roman Dzindzichashvili and our other grandmasters to give us a most prestigious on line presence and wealth of knowledgeable content possibilities. Plus his business experience in this field gives us strong leadership in our most mature gaming area and the one with considerable international growth prospects."
"The internet is a wonderful medium for the world's chess players," stated Mr.Seirawan. "I myself have played friends from around the globe from my home in an evening in matches that used to take weeks by fax. NetGames and Chess,net are in the forefront of this electronic revolution. They have great technology and a dynamic focus. I hope I am able to add to it and lead the Chess division to a preeminent position in the near future. It is very exciting."
NetGames Inc is a Delaware corporation and maintains the NetGames.com site on the internet. It offers a vast array of classical, interactive, action and puzzle games to its users. Its trademark games include Chess.net, Backgammon.net, Cards.net among others. It was founded in January, 2000 and has grown already to over 300,000 regular, registered users with an average 45 minute stay on the site. NetGames has recently added a plethora of solitaire and puzzle games to their lineup.