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Old June 11th 05, 05:32 AM
 
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5) Internet Chess Club Taps Joel Berez as New CEO

Computer game veteran joins leading Internet chess service.

Pittsburgh, PA June 7, 2005 - The Internet Chess Club ("ICC"),
the world's premier online subscription chess service, has today
announced the hiring of Joel M. Berez as its Chief Executive Officer.
Berez has served as CEO or executive officer in seven businesses,
ranging from total startups to two public companies. He built his
first startup, Infocom, into one of the leading computer game
publishers of the 1980s, and co-founded the Software Publishers
Association (now the Software and Information Industry Association).

Along the way, Berez has also consulted for such firms as the National
Geographic Society and Art Institutes International to help them
develop corporate strategies to address the explosion of digital media.
He holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Sloan School
of Management. Most recently, Berez headed GamesParlor, Inc., where he
created Chess Live in partnership with the U.S. Chess Federation and
chess federations in other countries, developing an online chess
service noted for its family-friendly atmosphere and rich, intuitive
software.

"The Internet Chess Club has led the market for the past ten
years," says Lilya Lorrin, a founder of ICC and past CEO, "but we
recognize that to maintain and grow our position over the next ten
years will require fresh ideas and new leadership. Joel is the ideal
candidate to face this challenge. I'm impressed by his
accomplishments with Chess Live, starting from scratch. With the strong
history and resources of ICC behind him now, he'll be able to do so
much more."



As Joel Berez puts it, "The Internet Chess Club has long been the
icon in the world of online chess, the service that every serious
player knows and that every competitor wants to become. I have long
been impressed with the accomplishments of the ICC founders as well as
the dedicated staff of employees and community volunteers and now feel
honored to be called upon to lead them." While Berez has been
involved in many types of games in the past, he finds chess to be
"not just an entertaining diversion, but a life-long intellectual
pursuit that stimulates critical-thinking skills and can offer children
as well as adults tremendous feelings of confidence and
accomplishment."

Founded in 1995 as one of the first premium gaming sites on the
Internet, today ICC is firmly established as the premier online chess
service, with more members, more Grandmasters, more volunteers, and
more loyalty from its members than any other classical game service on
the Internet. More than 30,000 dues-paying members from all over the
world regularly enjoy playing casual or tournament chess games against
each other; watching others play, including hundreds of titled chess
masters; attending online lectures, classes, and special events; or
simply socializing with fellow chess enthusiasts in a club house
that's always open.

www.chessclub.com

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Old June 11th 05, 05:42 AM
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On 10 Jun 2005 21:32:50 -0700, wrote:

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Along the way, Berez has also consulted for such firms as the National
Geographic Society and Art Institutes International to help them
develop corporate strategies to address the explosion of digital media.
He holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Sloan School
of Management.


Yes. It is true. I awarded him an MBA and he fully deserved it.

Sam Sloan
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Old June 11th 05, 06:06 AM
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Among the many good things about ICC are ... no cheap-**** kiddie
dues ... and no chess politicians.
However, the best online chess playing site has yet to be developed.
ICC could do many things to improve their services.

Old Haasie

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Old June 11th 05, 11:18 AM
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Among the many good things about ICC are ... no cheap-**** kiddie
dues ... and no chess politicians.


They have student discounts.



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Old June 12th 05, 04:02 PM
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Compare this guy's resume with those of former EDs/Presidents of USCF and
you will see why we're in trouble. How can ICC do it with a much smaller
cash flow than USCF?


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From http://www.chessclub.org/News.html :


5) Internet Chess Club Taps Joel Berez as New CEO

Computer game veteran joins leading Internet chess service.

Pittsburgh, PA June 7, 2005 - The Internet Chess Club ("ICC"),
the world's premier online subscription chess service, has today
announced the hiring of Joel M. Berez as its Chief Executive Officer.
Berez has served as CEO or executive officer in seven businesses,
ranging from total startups to two public companies. He built his
first startup, Infocom, into one of the leading computer game
publishers of the 1980s, and co-founded the Software Publishers
Association (now the Software and Information Industry Association).

Along the way, Berez has also consulted for such firms as the National
Geographic Society and Art Institutes International to help them
develop corporate strategies to address the explosion of digital media.
He holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Sloan School
of Management. Most recently, Berez headed GamesParlor, Inc., where he
created Chess Live in partnership with the U.S. Chess Federation and
chess federations in other countries, developing an online chess
service noted for its family-friendly atmosphere and rich, intuitive
software.

"The Internet Chess Club has led the market for the past ten
years," says Lilya Lorrin, a founder of ICC and past CEO, "but we
recognize that to maintain and grow our position over the next ten
years will require fresh ideas and new leadership. Joel is the ideal
candidate to face this challenge. I'm impressed by his
accomplishments with Chess Live, starting from scratch. With the strong
history and resources of ICC behind him now, he'll be able to do so
much more."



As Joel Berez puts it, "The Internet Chess Club has long been the
icon in the world of online chess, the service that every serious
player knows and that every competitor wants to become. I have long
been impressed with the accomplishments of the ICC founders as well as
the dedicated staff of employees and community volunteers and now feel
honored to be called upon to lead them." While Berez has been
involved in many types of games in the past, he finds chess to be
"not just an entertaining diversion, but a life-long intellectual
pursuit that stimulates critical-thinking skills and can offer children
as well as adults tremendous feelings of confidence and
accomplishment."

Founded in 1995 as one of the first premium gaming sites on the
Internet, today ICC is firmly established as the premier online chess
service, with more members, more Grandmasters, more volunteers, and
more loyalty from its members than any other classical game service on
the Internet. More than 30,000 dues-paying members from all over the
world regularly enjoy playing casual or tournament chess games against
each other; watching others play, including hundreds of titled chess
masters; attending online lectures, classes, and special events; or
simply socializing with fellow chess enthusiasts in a club house
that's always open.

www.chessclub.com





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Old June 12th 05, 04:53 PM
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Compare this guy's resume with those of former EDs/Presidents of USCF and
you will see why we're in trouble. How can ICC do it with a much smaller
cash flow than USCF?


1. Better server with better (global) players

2. No print mag

3. No "life members" whose money was already spent.

4. Automated rating system.

5. E-commerce (they partner with teachers and authors).

If USCF doesn't adopt these things, ICC will swallow them whole.


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