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Default Revised US Championship dates & venue announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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AF4C: Rosalind Sciammas, 206.619.4470
NTC Foundation: Marianne Gregson, 619.226.1414

DATES SET FOR 2004 U.S. CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 25 through December 5 at Hilton Torrey Pines, La Jolla

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — (March 17, 2004) — America's Foundation for Chess
(AF4C) and NTC Foundation have set the dates for the 2004 U.S. Chess
Championships. The national title tournament will take place from
November 24 through December 5, 2004, at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La
Jolla.

This will be the fourth year that AF4C has hosted the annual
tournament and its first year doing so with a co-sponsor. Expected to
maintain its $250,000 prize fund, the 2004 U.S. Chess Championships
will be held over 12 days and is expected to attract attention from
around the world. Chessmaster® is returning as a 2004 corporate
sponsor.

"The national title championship is a prestigious event in the world
of chess," said Erik J Anderson, president and co-founder of AFC4.
"San Diego is an ideal site, with wide appeal to players, spectators
and the media. I believe locating the tournament in Southern
California will allow us to take our efforts to promote chess to the
next level."

Countdown Already Started for 2004 Championships

Already half of the 64-player field has been seeded directly into the
championship as the nation's top players on the February 2004 United
States Chess Federation Rating List, or have won through by qualifying
from the 2003 cycle of major U.S. tournaments. Next month sees the
start of the 2004 qualifying cycle with a further 32-players looking
to do battle over the chessboard in the coming months for the honor of
completing the line-up. Further details of who has qualified so far
and which events make-up the 2004 cycle can be found at
http://www.af4c.org/events.asp.

Event Offers Something for Chess Fans and Non-Chess Players Alike

The 2004 tournament will highlight not only the elite chess
competition, but also offer valuable educational activities sure to
make chess more accessible to the general public. Promoting chess as a
learning tool that is fun, engaging and available to people young and
old, novice or master
"We anticipate 12 days of tournament play and complimentary events,
compelling children and adults to have an active role in the
championship," said Murray Galinson, chairman of the NTC Foundation
Board of Directors. "AF4C is determined to inject excitement into the
game and recruit new players and fans."

During this year's Kids Simul event, more than 400 children will be
given an opportunity to play against America's finest chess players,
with one grand master playing against 25 children at one time. Other
events will range from chess demonstrations, opportunities to meet the
masters and a fund-raising party.

About NTC Foundation
The NTC Foundation, a private 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is
charged with the preservation and renovation of 26 historical
buildings that are part of the historic core of the former Naval
Training Center in San Diego, California. NTC Promenade will be a new
flagship for arts, culture, science and technology that will reflect,
advance and strengthen San Diego as a center for innovation and
creativity.

About America's Foundation for Chess
Founded on the hope of making chess a subject taught in every school
in the United States, AF4C, www.af4c.org a nonprofit organization, is
committed to making chess a larger part of America's cultural fabric —
accessible in schools and in popular culture. By organizing events
such as the U.S. Championships, AF4C hopes to elevate the profile of
chess in America so that it will soon become a regular part of every
child's classroom experience.

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