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Earth Goes On The Attack Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
October 12, 2008
Earth launched more than just Expedition 18 on Sunday night. As Greg and his ISS crewmates began to prepare to receive reinforcements, he also will have to fend off the game's first check.

More than 45% of Earthly voters chose the forcing move, 5...Qd8-a5+, to which it appears that astronaut Greg Chamitoff has only one acceptable reply.

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 5...Qa5+)

Check back on Monday for further updates, and start thinking about your (Earth's) next move.

Read more information about Expedition 18, which will begin with the arrival of several new crew members at the International Space Station on Tuesday

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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
[email protected]

Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator

Match Director -
Hal Bogner
[email protected]