martedì 21 aprile 2009

North American Chess Association Gives Top Players Impetus Toward Achieving Rankings, Titles; Seeks Tournament Sponsors

North American Chess Association Gives Top Players Impetus Toward Achieving Rankings, Titles; Seeks Tournament Sponsors

SKOKIE, Ill., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporations targeting upscale audiences and a healthy demographic cross-section with higher education, income levels, and spending power now are turning to the game of chess resurging at monthly chess tournaments and two prestigious national chess championships officially announced today by the North American Chess Association (NACA).

Chess has reached a new level of play and interest, giving the three-year-old association the confidence to bid on and win the hosting this August 22 and 23 of the 2009 U.S. Game/60 National Chess Championship and 2009 U.S. Game/30 National Chess Championship.

"We have about 500,000 unique visitors each month who follow our tournaments live on the web sites and blog sites of our media partners who are aligned with our goals and purposes," said Sevan Muradian, founder and president of the NACA. "I expect our audience to grow and maintain its high interest in our tournament play."

He added that chess is a multi-million dollar industry when chess equipment, books, private/group lessons, on-line and live tournaments, venue fees, and travel-related costs are considered. The game is played by 700 million people worldwide; 900,000 people in the U.S. play chess at least twice per week.

By associating with one of the world's hottest games, sponsors of these and other chess tournaments hosted by the NACA will reach millions of chess enthusiasts with coveted disposable income via advertising and news media visibility.

The NACA is offering four levels of chess sponsorship for a variety of monthly tournaments and special competitions for men, women, and youth on a first come, first served basis - The World Champion Level, which includes naming rights, and Grandmaster, Master, and Candidate Levels.

The NACA's monthly invitational tournaments, held at the Holiday Inn North Shore in Skokie (Ill.), are the only such monthly events in the Western Hemisphere where players strive to live their dream of earning enough experience to become masters of the game - many consider the title of Grandmaster the Black Belt of chess. Next closest monthly opportunity: the First Saturday tournament series in Budapest, Hungary.

Chess sponsorship in the future also will include the world's best and up-and-coming women players, thus greatly creating a more sizeable audience and important female demographic.

For more information please visit, or contact Barry Sigale, Sponsorship Director, at (847) 549-8429,

Source: North American Chess Association

CONTACT: Barry Sigale, Sponsorship Director of NACA, +1-847-549-8429,

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