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Domination! Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
December 9, 2009
Earth_move_43_150.jpgAfter 43. Nd1, our Wizards of Washington wasted little time (and no votes!) in responding with 43 ... Bb3, showing the world how completely dominating their position is.

Thanks to the passed pawns, the bishop can attack the knight from b3 with impunity, and White's knight is running out of pasture.    A forced sequence of moves quickly ensued.

Dr. Greg Chamitoff responded with 44. Nc3 and our kids immediately moved to cash in their chips with 44 ... d1=Q.  45. Nxd1 Bxd1 immediately followed, leaving Earth a bishop to the good, with plenty of hunting ground on the kingside.

It is now Greg's move.  Will this be the end of our year-long struggle?

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Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 45.Bxd1)

   

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Earth vs. Space Chess Match, 2008-09

Astronaut Dr. Greg Chamitoff has sent 46.Kxa2 and his resignation and congratulations to the Stevenson stars and Earth's voters.
 
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The Final Position:
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(after Greg's 46.Kxa2)

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Media Contacts:
NASA - Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
kelly.o.humphries
@nasa.gov


USCF - Glenn Petersen
732-252-8388
gpetersen@uschess.org

Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator
425-868-3881
425-269-7949
DavidCHendricks
@comcast.net


Match Director -
Hal Bogner
650-284-5062
hmb@stratlabs.com