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And Away We Go... Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
October 11, 2009
thumb_314896main_image_1291_428-321.jpgThe late, Great One, Jackie Gleason, used that phrase at the beginning of his TV variety show.  Later, "A little traveling music, Sammy!" was added.

Both phrases are appropriate for Earth's choice, 34 ... a4, and for Astronaut Greg Chamitoff's response, 35.Ke1.  The astronaut may have to do a little more traveling - not as far as the 210 miles he traveled into space, but he will have to do a little shuffling in order to stop the a-pawn.

While we wait for our Wizards from Washington to respond with at least a couple of choices for Earthlings to consider, you can use the chess viewer (via the link at the right) to play through different variations on your own. 

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 35.Ke1)


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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.

Explore the game in our Chess Viewer

(Click here for help with Java or the chess viewer, or click here for a move list.)

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
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