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Earth's Latest Move Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
November 15, 2008
thumb_STS-126_lifts_off.jpgNASA has just launched Space Shuttle Endeavor towards ISS, but that wasn't Earth's latest move.

By a very narrow margin - the voting public has chosen to step out of the pin:

14...Qc5-b6   44.6%     
14...e7-e6     43.3% 

Now - having finally saved his once-trapped rook, Astronaut Greg Chamitoff finds himself ahead in development, but a pawn behind.  As he prepares to greet the seven new visitors from our planet, it's time for him to form a plan for the next phase of our game, also.

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 14...Qb6)

While we await further developments, 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."

Reminder: Don't miss a moment of this historic match - add our RSS feed to keep up with the latest developments, as articles and moves are posted here, and as voting periods occur.
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.

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
[email protected]