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On-line chess game on Mplayer-Arabia.com community EIM launches

United Arab Emirates: Sunday, May 05 - 2002 @ 16:12

The new game allows players from around the world to link up and play chess at any time and from any location by providing a virtual chess room and interactive facilities.

EIM chose to introduce chess because of the high number of requests they have been receiving recently asking for this particular game to be included on the service. The launch follows the success of this year’s Dubai Open Chess Championships. Chess is the sixth classic game of the Mplayer-Arabia service and takes the total number of games to 23.

“In a sense we are bringing like minded people together from across the globe and connecting them through the universal game of chess,” commented Maroua Naim, General Manager, EIM. “Our gaming site allows people not only to play our games, but also to chat and spectate.”

The gaming site itself has a number of features to enhance the user experience. The ‘Chat’ option allows interaction between players who are also on the service, whilst the ‘pager’ allows users to have private, one-to-one conversations with other members of the site and to build up a list of contacts among other players.

Surprisingly, the number of gamers can increase after 12 midnight, with some players still on the service at five in the morning.

“Chess has a long tradition in the UAE and the Middle East with world class tournaments taking place in the region each year,” Commented, Andy Maclean, an media consultant of the Dubai Grand Prix Chess Championships. “The Mplayer-Arabia version of the game should certainly help to further encourage players in the UAE to log on and challenge other gamers from around the world to what has become a truly global game.”

The history of chess dates back to sixth century India, where it spread quickly through trade and war. More recently, chess was often played by mail, with players sending their moves in the post to their partner. Today, the game appeals to a mass audience, young and old, novice and expert. With the age of the Internet, online gaming is spreading rapidly.

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Sunday, May 5- 2002 @ 16:12 UAE local time (GMT+4) Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Mediaquest FZ LLC.

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