Did I say chess is like boxing?

See MonRoi, a wireless device for recording chess moves.

A wireless handheld device for recording chess notation

See MonRoi criticized.

See MonRoi commit possibly the worst, most non-Internet-savvy marketing hari-kari in recent memory!

In a nutshell, the company responded to some mild criticism, posted by commenters on the most prominent English-language chess blog in the world, by repeatedly lambasting the posters and hinting about lawsuits if the blogger doesn’t remove the offending comments AND fork over the IP addresses of the commenters.

So now, see MonRoi’s target market, chess players, ripping MonRoi a new one in the thread above:

“Hey MonRoi – YOU SUCK. Come and get me. Please spend a lot of time and effort trying to squeeze out my IP address from Mig, energy you won’t be using to, you know, actually focus on your product and marketing. Write to the Canadian Bureau of Hurt Feelings, and have them exercise their mighty might over the U.S. and its citizens. That process should take you at least a few months, and I hope it leads to your government revoking whatever funding they are providing to you under the “incompetency” clause….”

Go, MonRoi, Go!


7 thoughts on “Did I say chess is like boxing?

  1. Yes, chess players are against them now.

    And given this paranoid, litigious side, I can’t believe tournament organisers will want anything to risk having anything to do with them either.

  2. Hi Tom. Yes, really mysterious behavior.

    At almost any time, they could have posted something on Daily Dirt to the effect of “Wow, looks like in our zeal we have really alienated some folks. Sorry, we appreciate the passionate feedback.” And they would have taken a few more lumps and then it would all blow over.

  3. Here is a good story on the blog ethics. Mig Greengard recently made numerous false statements about the hotel in Stillwater, Canadians & MonRoi and posted them on his blog.

    Mig posted false US Championship venue review, which would turn away any credible visitor-“This hotel is unkempt and dirty. The stairs are rotted out, none of the equipment in the exercise room worked. The sheets were dirty with crusty stains. The back stairs are rotted out and dangerous, the jacuzzi in our suite had mildew in all of the jets, no mattress pads on the beds…”

    He falsely claims that Canadians dropped religion, that the Canadian dollar is worthless, that people from Canada are jerks (or viagras), and his “anonymous” blog users claim that Canadians have no right to speak, even when they are right.

    MonRoi is a company based in Montreal, which sponsored the US Championship and publicized the chess players and organizers worldwide. MonRoi customer service received complains from clients related to Mig’s blog. When they informed Greengard that some of his blog posts are false and defamatory, he turned around and misled the readers that this was related to free speech on MonRoi products and that the company threatened him with a law suit. In fact, MonRoi just made him aware on the international laws – – free speech is protected and welcomed, but no law protects false speech or defamation.

  4. In a time before history, in a place named Daily Dirty Blog Kingdom, a powerful and evil lord Miguron has brought together the forces of dirty blogging to recover his hurt ego. Miguron Chess Eye would destroy everyone with his piercing gaze in order to restore his power. He cried- I am the Lord, who dared to enter into MY chess kingdom, and who are those Elves from Montreal. And the story begins… What happened to Montreal Elves read in the next episode.

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