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After Due Deliberation ... Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
November 14, 2008
thumb_Justitia1.jpgStevenson's young stars have completed their recommendations and options for Earth's 14th move, and voting is now open through 4 PM EST (1 PM PST, 9 PM GMT) on Saturday, November 15th.

The choices for your consideration, in weighted order are: 14...Qb6, 14...e6, and 14...Qb5.

Two students offered brief comments to provide some perspective on their thinking:

4th grader Eric Chen assesses all three choices:

"We have to protect c6... it's Greg's target. If Qb5 then a4, so I support either Qb6 or e6. I believe Qb6 is better...

And 4th grader Grace Sun provides a variation in support of her sole nomination, 14...Qb6:

"14...Qb6 because if he moves Rc1, we can just move the bishop to back to a6 for protection; 15.Rfc1 Rc8 16.b3 Ba6 17.(anything) f6, followed up with ...e5."

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 14.Qc3)

Please weigh these options, and VOTE - Earth's fate may hang in the balance!

And you may enjoy checking out the following:

Part-time Florida resident Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk - recently crowned Women's World Champion while playing for her native Russia - has provided uschess.org with a nice story about the historic significance of this Earth vs. Space match .

USCF Correspondence Chess Director Alex Dunne has been providing commentary on recent moves, which you can see when you replay the game in our Chess Viewer.

By the way, this isn't the only game Greg has in progress.  He also has games with six Mission Control Centers around the world, and you can view those games in the Chess Viewer by clicking on "Game List."

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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.
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.

If you don't know all the rules of chess, and would like to learn, click here.
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
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