About the sponsor:
On the eve of the restoration of the independence of Lithuania –
June, 1989 - representatives of twelve largest companies of Kaunas
established a commercial bank and named it Ukio bankas. This name
reflected the purpose of the new credit institution – to finance
the market of the country that had started functioning under the
conditions of market economy. The licence issued to Ukio bankas by
the Central bank of Lithuania carries number ‘one’. This witnesses
its being the oldest private bank, which was standing at the
beginning of the contemporary commercial banking of Lithuania and
which honourably withstood all tests that fell to this field.
Ever since its establishment, Ukio bankas has been seeking to
fortify its position as a reliable bank open to novelties. The
purpose of the Bank is to provide qualified classic and modern
services to its clients, be their financial consultants and
advisors of their business as well as by all its activity to add
to the implementation of the principles of modern Western banking
based on fair competition, transparent activity, qualified
services in the market of Lithuania.
Sticking to its orientation towards the financing of the economy
of the country, the Bank is at the same time strengthening the
basis of its philosophy: to be a universal bank providing wide
range of services to the companies and residents. The Bank’s aim
of universality is matched with the exclusive and combined service
of stable and 'club' clients.
Orientation to the ever changing market and the needs of clients
influenced by it is one of the cornerstones of the activity of the
Bank in all stages of its existence. This leads to the
modernisation of information technologies and introduction of new
products as well as with the creation of daughter companies in
Lithuania and abroad.
A letter from our sponsor:
I congratulate you on behalf of AB UKIO BANKAS with the new season
of 2002 and wish it to be creative and, of course, successful to all of you.
I wish a great number of prizes.
We congratulate not only the players of supported chess club
"Baltijos Lyga", but both their partners and opponents in the whole world.
Well, I want to attract attention to the unique match between the
chessplayers of "Baltijos Lyga" club and the chessprograms GANDALF,
created by Netherland REBEL Company.
Does anybody know the sort of a sport where the people would have to compete with
the machines, invented by the programmes. For instance, the football players I'm in touch with,
don't have to fight against some robots while the chessplayers must always prove that they are
superior than the computers. It arouses wonder and pride.
What a clever and imitable game chess is! If any the most progressive technogies and
the strongest processors, computers still can't overcome the man.
The simple chessplayer relying only on his intellect!
AB UKIO BANKAS always supported and lately has been supporting creative
personalities and their labour.
That is why I am obliged to wish that the man's wisdom and creation would
flash in the international match "Baltijos Lyga" chess club players-"GANDALF" computers either.
Let the creators of computers be not angry for I have no intention to cause
the horror of competition.
I wish you good business. Let your produced
computer programes arouse tendency to cooperation, but not fear of competing.
I once more wish all every kind of success and expect interesting games!
Chairman of the Council AB UKIO BANKAS
President of a Lithuanian Football Federation