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The Party's Over ... *
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
thumb_inflatableballoons.jpgThe historic Earth versus Space match ended after Dr. Greg Chamitoff sent in his last move, 46. Kxa2 and resigns.

I can almost hear our astronaut singing the first refrain of "The Party's Over."*

*Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, 1956
Actually, the ending was much classier than that, as Dr. Chamitoff send the following letter to our Washington Wizards:
Dear Stevenson Elementary Chess Team,

What a game!  Huge congratulations on your victory!  I'm truly proud of you...

By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
Earth_move_43_150.jpgWith the unanimous choice of the dominating 43...Bb3, Stevenson's stars initiated a forced sequence winning Greg's knight.  Several moves quickly followed.  Now, the dust is clearing...

The Trouble With Being Too Open-Minded ...
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
remnant_turns_400.jpg.. is that your brains may fall out.
That doesn't seem to be a problem for the members of the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Club in Bellevue, Washington.   There is no need to over-think the position.
Coming Down The Home Stretch ...
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
thumb_del_mar_horse_racing.jpgUnlike the famous comedy routine, there are no horses "neck and neck," coming down the home stretch in this two-horse race.   Still, the kids from Stevenson Elementary are divided as to how to proceed.  Should they hug the rail or move to the outside?  The choice is now  up to Earthlings.

Cast your vote by 10 PM ET (7 PM PT) on Wednesday, November 18!

News Brief ... News Brief ...
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
thumb_charlesrocketweekendupdate.jpgOur wizards from Washington have chosen 39 ... Ke6 as the only path to follow and NASA's Greg Chamitoff has immediately responded with 40. Nc2.  It is once again time for the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Club to come up with choices for Earth to consider.
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.
Use the Java chess viewer (below) to review and analyze this historic game and read game commentary.

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The Final Position:
(after Greg's 46.Kxa2)


Read NASA's announcement about this game.

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Media Contacts:
NASA - Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston

USCF - Glenn Petersen
[email protected]

Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator

Match Director -
Hal Bogner
[email protected]