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Help Choose Earth's Defense - Vote Now! Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
September 28, 2008
We have liftoff - Astronaut Greg Chamitoff has opened with 1.d4, and now Earth's young advisors have responded with four choices for you to consider to begin Earth's defense.

Tonight, the chess team from Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington - the defending National K-3 Champion - submitted four possible responses, and now it is up to YOU and your fellow Earthlings to VOTE!

Voting will be open until 2 PM EST/11 AM PST on Monday.

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 1.d4)

Lead Flight Director Heather Rarick, at NASA's Johnson Space Center, informs us: "When I spoke to Greg on Friday, he was thrilled to start playing and he thinks he's up against a real challenge."

Stevenson coach Dave Hendricks tells us: "It is quite an honor for Stevenson to have been selected as the national championship school to represent Earth. The coaches, players and their parents are very excited about this game with Greg, and thank NASA and USCF for making this match possible."

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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)


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
[email protected]