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The Fourth Of July Is Over And Peter Pan Lives! Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
July 23, 2009
372272main_e0102comp_226.jpgThe much anticipated fireworks in our Earth vs. Space match has been canceled, at least for now.  And Earthlings now face a long journey, much like Peter Pan searching for Never Land: " ... second star to the right, and straight on 'till morning."
After Astronaut Greg Chamitoff played 28.Rab1, Earthlings voted on choices provided by the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Club and chose 28...Qc5.  Greg quickly responded with 29.Qxc5 and we expect our Washington stars to respond with 29...Rxc5, without a vote.
Once again, it will be up to our National hero to choose the course of the game.  Earth has all three remaining pieces tied up trying to defend its material advantage, and faces a long, strategical journey in order to make progress and convert a two pawn advantage into a win.
As we wait for our students to officially respond to 29.Qxc5 - and then for Greg's response - check out the current position in our game viewer and see how YOU might continue the game. 

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 29.Qxc5)

You can check out the current position in our Java viewer and try out the alternatives and see where they may lead.

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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]