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Chamitoff Heads for the Rilles Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
October 20, 2008
thumb_martian_rille.jpgBelieving discretion is the better part of valor, Astronaut Greg Chamitoff chose to castle on his eighth move, breaking the pin of his c3-Knight, and providing cover for his King.   So now, after 8. 0-0, it is up to our scholastic wizards from Stevenson Elementary School, to present options for Earthlings.
In the meantime, we can take this opportunity to explore some of our solar system's natural hiding places.  Rilles - such as Mamers Vallis rille on Mars, pictured here - or the moon's Rima Hyginus Rille - shown with the introduction to this article on our main Earth vs. Space page - are long, narrow surface depressions that resemble channels, which can be up to several kilometers wide and hundreds of kilometers in length.  Sounds like adequate cover for a chess king!

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 8. 0-0)

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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)


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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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