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"School's Out for Summer!" Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
August 4, 2009
thumb_LittleRedSchoolhouseInterior.jpgThat was certainly true for Alice Cooper in 1972, as reflected in their mega-hit of the same name.  And it may be true for most of the country today.

But that hasn't stopped the members of the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Club in  Bellevue, Washington, from getting together and blogging their responses to NASA Astronaut Greg Chamitoff's moves in the Earth vs. Space match.

Anticipating the response of the young Wizards (29 ... Rxc5), Dr. Chamitoff quickly responded with 30.axb5.  Just as quickly, Stevenson responded with two reasonable options for "hoo-maans" to consider:

30 ... axb5 and 30 ... Rcxb5.

And now it is up to our fellow Earthlings to decide the course of action.  Choose wisely, as this move will most likely determine how the rest of the game will be played out!

You can click here to see the moves you are to consider , or you can follow the action in our game viewer, move the pieces around and do a little home analysis (homework?) of your own.

Voting will end at midnight EDT (9 PM PDT) on Thursday, August 6.  Give it a shot and make your voice heard.  No matter what you choose, there's no summer school for Earthlings!

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 30..axb5)


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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:
(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
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Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator

Match Director -
Hal Bogner
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