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CHESS FROM THE WORLD CHAMPION: 'KASPAROV'S GAMBIT'

 LONDON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) has announced the release of "Kasparov's Gambit." The world's Chess champion, Garry Kasparov acts as both the personal coach and toughest opponent in the most comprehensive computer chess program ever! "Kasparov's Gambit" was co-designed with the world champion and his expertise was built into the game.
 What sets "Kasparov's Gambit" apart from worthy competition already on the market is the program's unique approach to chess tutorial. The long-standing world champion worked closely with EA's developers to devise an intricate system of move-by-move evaluations of the player's strategy. Kasparov actually appears on the screen via video, and coaches in simple, direct language he helped to prepare. His dedication to the development of the program's tutorial mode accords with his well- known efforts to bring chess into mainstream culture, and reflects his deeply held belief that chess is good for the mind. No matter what level of play, Garry Kasparov will help improve any chess game with this real time coaching feature.
 The algorithm at the hear of the game is called Socrates II, and is the strongest ever offered to the public on a PC. Socrates II won the 1993 International Computer Chess Championship and even the most advanced players will find an extremely challenging opponent at the higher levels. In addition, the game features numerous styles of play which vary in aggressiveness, creativity and focus. These enable the player to customize the program to suit specific human tendencies and approaches.
 "Kasparov's Gambit" includes all the essential features that computer chess enthusiasts have come to expect: extensive tutorials, a running game analysis, 2-D and customized 3-D boards, an extensive 500-volume library of history's most famous games, a battery of illustrative quizzes, tournament play and a rating system. All these features are presented in photo-realistic, Hi-Res Super VGA graphics and startlingly crisp digitized sound. In all areas, "Kasparov's Gambit" is truly the most advanced chess game ever invented for the personal computer.
 Suggested retail price: $59.95.
 NOTE: Electronic Arts is a diversified entertainment and education company that develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide. The company is 11 years old and has an annual sales rate of $300 million. Its corporate headquarters are in San Mateo, Calif., and it has offices in Texas, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.
 Electronic Arts and "Kasparov's Gambit" are trademarks of Electronic Arts.
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 /CONTACT: Fiona Murphy of Electronic Arts, 415-513-7661/
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