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Shades Of 2001: A Space Odyssey! Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
October 10, 2008
In 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. David Bowman had his problems with HAL, a computer with almost super-human powers of deduction and observation.
Dr. Greg Chamitoff may also have a problem with HAL – in this case, Match Director Hal Bogner.  During Thursday’s live exchange between Chamitoff aboard the International Space Station, and the talented members of the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Club, at the Bellevue Community College, Hal noticed that 4.e3 had been played on Greg’s chess board in space.
Now, Hal, in an effort to speed up the voting process, may have mentioned this to the coaches, but more than likely the National K-3 Champions noticed the position during the 20 minute broadcast.  Either way, when the move 4.e2-e3 was confirmed by NASA, the kids were ready with their responses.
That’s a good thing. Now their fellow earthlings (YOU!) will have a few extra hours to consider their responses and VOTE!  The choices are 4...Nc6, 4...Bf5, 4...Qb6, and 4...e6.  Give it some thought, and let us know what YOU would play, by voting.

Voting will be open until 1:30 PM EST/10:30 AM PST on Saturday.

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 4.e3)

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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:
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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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