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Should Earth Attack? Or Develop? Time to Vote! Print E-mail
By Hal Bogner, Match Director   
October 15, 2008
Although he has been a bit busy greeting the newest arrivals on the International Space Station, astronaut Greg Chamitoff has replied with the expected 6.Nc3 - defending against the double-attack of 5...Qa5+.

The Stevenson Elementary School chess champions were ready and waiting when Greg made the only move that blocked the check and defended his Bishop.

Here are their four possible responses: 6...Nf6-e4, 6...e7-e6, 6...Bc8-f5, and 6...Bc8-d7.

The game is heating up, and we now must decide between attack and further development.  Exploit the pinned Knight on c3?  Break the pin of the Knight on c6?  Develop the c8 Bishop actively, or hem it in with the conservative e6?

Earthlings: it's YOUR MOVE!  Please vote by midnight  EDT (9 PM PDT) today (Wednesday).

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 6.Nc3)

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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
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Stevenson Team -
Coach David Hendricks
WA State Scholastic Coordinator

Match Director -
Hal Bogner
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