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|About MonRoi - The Company|
MonRoi™ Inc. is a privately held company, based in Montreal, Canada.
MonRoi is a world leader in live chess technology. It enables people worldwide to view live chess tournaments on their computers. They can choose which matches to watch, just like sport events on television. With media rich opportunities, MonRoi is enhancing the experience with an interactive web portal with live game analysis, spectator chat, chess event listings, results and relevant chess information.
The Company offers the patented MonRoi system, which enables chess players to electronically record, store and view their games in Personal Chess Managers (PCMs). MonRoi PCMs are fully secure proprietary hand-held wireless devices, which relay chess moves to the Professional Tournament Manager (PTM). Internet users can follow chess tournaments live on MonRoi’s web-page. As television became the media standard for most sporting events, our goal is to become the media standard for chess events and activities.
MonRoi Inc. executed the world's first International Women's Chess Grand Prix, recognizing women in chess. The Company collaborated with the European Chess Union, the Quebec Chess Federation, the Chess'n Math Association, the Susan Polgar Foundation, the Continental Chess Association and the Association of Chess Professionals. The Grand-Prix Finale was an 8-player round robin format tournament held in Montreal in July 2007. The host countries for the qualification events included USA, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Liechtenstein & Croatia.
Why the name MonRoi?
In French "Mon Roi" means "My King". The King represents the prize the opponent seeks to win. Kings are royal. They may not be moved to a square attacked by a piece of the opponent. Words chess and checkmate both come from Shah, the Persian word for King.
MonRoi is located in St. Laurent (Montreal), one of the leading centers for high technology in Canada. St. Laurent is home to many head offices and over 4,000 companies in the pharmaceutical, aerospace, telecommunication and information technology industry. People from more than 140 countries around the world now call St. Laurent their home. Montréal is unquestionably a technological hub in North America. Over 100,000 enterprises can rely on a highly educated, competent, reliable, largely bilingual labor force. Metro Montréal is the second biggest manufacturing center in Canada, with a total annual output of $60 billion. Four renowned universities - McGill University, the Université de Montréal, Concordia University and the Université du Québec à Montréal are located in the city.
Chess remains one of the world’s most popular board games. Chess is played at the following tournaments: the Chess Olympiad, the Continental Championships, the World Championships, national chess tournaments, regional tournaments, chess club tournaments, school tournaments, and other tournaments. Chess Federations serve the chess community by promoting chess and organizing chess tournaments worldwide. There are hundreds of chess tournaments each year globally: open, closed, men, women and youth events.
There are more than 100 chess federations globally. While there are hundreds of millions of chess fans who understand and enjoy chess, based on Internet publications, there are up to 5 million chess players worldwide who are members of federations. Tournament participation statistics demonstrate that interest in chess in growing. In 1924 less than 20 countries participated, while in 2006, 147 countries participated in the Chess Olympiad.
Chess market is growing due to the education value of chess in schools. The American Chess Foundation (ACF) founded the Chess in Schools Program, which was focused on improving math skills for adolescents through improved critical thinking and problem solving skills. The ACF reports that "test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.56% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities." Recognizing the value of chess as a fun way to help children develop these skills, educators around the world gradually began to introduce the game in their classrooms. Today, the chess market continues to grow due primarily to scholastic chess. The game is now part of the regular primary school curriculum of over 30 countries around the world.