On May 1st, 2001, Brain Games plc signed a
contract with the state of Bahrain for a million dollar prize fund plus a
further million dollars in back-up for the Man v Machine Challenge to be
held in October. This is the culmination of many months of painstaking
negotiations. The leading light from the Bahrain side was His Excellency
Yousuf Shirawi, former Bahrain chess champion and member of the Bahrain
government. The contract was signed for Brain Games Network by CEO David
Grandmaster Ray Keene will be appointed Match Director while senor Enrique Irazoqui, currently organising the machine qualifier in Spain, will be invited as chief arbiter.
In October of this year the Brain Games (BGN) world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik will face a computer challenge in Bahrain. Kramnik, who wrested the crown from the 13th world champion Garry Kasparov at the BGN world championship match in London last November, will play against the winner of the computer qualifier match, which will determine which is the most worthy opponent for the human world champion.
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