Press Release

LONDON JUNE 27th 2001

British and Chinese agree joint internet bridge venture

A British-based internet bridge consortium this week signed a two year agreement which will provide greater opportunities for enthusiasts in China to play online.

The agreement follows a meeting between representatives of the consortium The International On-Line Bridge Club (IOBC) and the China Bridge Net (Shenyang Dongyu E-Commerce Co. Ltd). The exclusive joint venture between the two companies provides conversion of the latest IOBC Java client into a Chinese language version with China Bridge Net carrying out all language conversion from graphics source code provided by the IOBC.

Nick Justice, Managing Director of IOBC, said today China has around 5,000,000 bridge players, including more than 15,000 already on line so this unique facility will bring an exciting new range of players into the International On Line Bridge Club and at the same time provide the Chinese players a wider range of playing opportunities outside their own country.

Under the terms of the joint venture China Bridge Net provide the official on-line bridge playing service for the Contract Chinese Bridge Association (CCBA) within China. They also provide membership and web site services for the CCBA. China Bridge Net will promote Bridge Player Live! on the official CCBA Bridge Web site as an additional optional fee based membership for those Chinese players registered on the Chinese on-line bridge system who also wish to play internationally.

The International On-Line Bridge Club (IOBC) launched its latest Java client earlier this year, enabling the widest range of users (including Apple/MAC owners) to enjoy its on line bridge service with players from around the world. This version operates alongside its well established Windows product that has been running for over 6 years. The IOBC also provides the online bridge service for the English Bridge Union

Target launch date of the Chinese Java version is August 1st, 2001.

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The International On Line Bridge Club Limited
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Contact: Nicholas A. Justice, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (020) 7538 8215 Fax: +44 (020) 7515 3887