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"Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?" Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
February 25, 2009
from_little_caesar.jpgThose were the last words of Enrico "Rico" Bandello, a.k.a, Little Caesar in the classic 1930 film Little Caesar.  But his legacy lives on at the Bellevue Elementary School.  For the fourth time in just 18 moves, our modern day "ganstas" have shut out the public by offering just ONE move.  Ergo, no voting, no chance for Earth to err.
Astronaut Greg Chamitoff played 17. e4 and the 2008 National Elementary School Champions (and chess club members) responded with 17. ... Bc5.  After due deliberation, Greg responded with 18. Be3, and once again our panel of all-stars responded with just one option:  18. ... Bxe3.  Rico is long gone, but his iron fisted policies have survived!
Eric Ma, one of our Bellevue students, summed it up nicely:
# Kevin Ma Says:
February 16th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

e5 doesn’t really lose that much because our king can escapes to f7.

my choice are:
1…Bc5 to attack f2 and develop our pieces and try to castle and gain a tempo :?
then he does 2. Be3 and we C or E. Yay :) :!:
# Kevin Ma Says:
February 16th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

A means run Away, B means Block, C means Capture, D means Defend, E means Exercise another option. Coach Harlan taught me that:).
Our now earth-bound astronaut did indeed play 18. Be3 and the kids chose "C: Capture."  Wasting no time, Greg responded with 19. Rxe3.  Hopefully, our "gangstas" will respond with more than one choice for the next move!
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Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 19.Rxe3)

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

USCF - Glenn Petersen
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Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator

Match Director -
Hal Bogner
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