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Into the Valley of Death Rode the Six Hundred... Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
November 6, 2008
thumb_hubble_image_1212_428-321.jpgOr in this case, one lone pawn leads the charge, in an attempt to forestall (or evade) losing the Exchange on f1.  Astronaut Greg Chamitoff chose 12. dxc5 and now our own Brigadiers from Stevenson have chosen four possible responses for YOU to consider: 12...Qb6-b7, 12...Qb6xc5, 12...Qb6-d8, and 12...Qb6xb2.

Today's image, which likewise depicts a slowly unfolding space battle, was taken this week by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera #2 - it shows a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147.

Dueling gravitational forces and dueling chess forces - what picture will soon describe the aftermath of Earth's upcoming choice?

Voting closes at  1 PM EST (10 AM PST, 6 PM GMT) on Saturday, November 8.  Make your opinion count by VOTING NOW!

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 12.dxc5)

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.

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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.
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]