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Earth Faces London System Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
October 5, 2008
After a weekend spent boosting the International Space Station into a slightly higher orbit to get ready to meet an arriving Soyuz mission on October 14, Greg has returned his attention to the chessboard, selecting a solid opening system first introduced in international play in London in the 1920s.

The London System has been described as a perennial favourite of club players, as it is a very sound and solid system with a real practical sting.

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 3.Bf4)

According to FM Eric Schiller, co-author of How to Succeed in the Queen Pawn Openings with IM John Watson, the London System is a good choice for Greg because there is relatively little opening theory available - though last year saw the publication of Win with the London System by GM Vlatko Kovacevic and Sverre Johnsen. 

Blogging at Sverre's Chess Corner, the Norwegian researcher and writer discusses the origin of the system and it's association with London.

The Stevenson Elementary School's chess team will now develop up to four responses to Greg's London System, and you can help choose Earth's reply late Monday night through Tuesday morning, when voting is expected to take place.  Please plan to check in during that period to vote!

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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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