Announcing the G-Star RAW Challenge - powered by!

Announcing the G-Star RAW Challenge - powered by!

Aug 18, 2010, 1:42 PM |

Hi chess fans,

Most of you will have already seen this news as a message, but we wanted once again to shout from the rooftops about the big event next month, in which the world (aided by three adviser GMs) will take on (and take down?) the #1 chess player on the planet today, one Magnus Carlsen.

Appropriately, the #1 chess site on the web has been asked to provide the technology platform for this one-day vote chess match, and we are thrilled to be involved.  Here's the official announcement once again (blogged for posterity), and as it says below, stay tuned for more details!

_____________________________________________________________________________ is working really hard this month to help put together a very special chess event:  G-Star's Raw World Chess Challenge! Many of you may have heard of #1 chess players Magnus Carlsen's new role as model for G-Star's fall collection.

To kick things off, Magnus Carlsen will be playing a one-day vote chess match against the world on September 10th!! This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for you to participate in a match with the world's best chess player... and have a chance to beat him!

As the #1 chess site, has been asked by G-Star to partner on this project and develop the technical platform for the event. To receive further information about this event, go to the main match site and enter your email address to receive updates and register for this epic event.

Presenting: The World Team
Three world-class Grandmasters - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Hikaru Nakamura of the United States, and Judit Polgar of Hungary - have been selected by Garry Kasparov to represent the World Team. They will be helping you try to beat Magnus by making real-time suggestions on every move.

When asked for his thoughts on the RAW World Chess Challenge, Garry Kasparov said: "I am acting as the ambassador of this Challenge because I am attracted by the unique character of the RAW World Chess Challenge. There isn't any sport I know of that gives the entire world the opportunity to play the world's best simultaneously. Magnus is one of the greatest talents ever. This game will be a true challenge for him. Let's see who wins: he or the World."

You will be able to find more details on the RAW World Chess Challenge shortly, both on the official site and in the news section.

More info to come...


And in other news...

Postscript:  A new vacation rule

One other item that's worthy of note is the introduction of new behavior that will prevent the use of "micro-vacations" to avoid a time-out for a few hours - which, for some, seems to have become a way of life (contrary to the spirit of the vacation allowance).

Henceforth, all vacations consume a minimum of 24 hours.  Enjoy your time off!  :)