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By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
November 24, 2009
thumb_lg_remnant_turns_400.jpg... is that your brains may fall out.
That doesn't seem to be a problem for the members of the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Club in Bellevue, Washington.   There is no need to over-think the position.  After Astronaut Greg Chamitoff's 42.Ne3, our kids from Washington unanimously chose 42 ... d2 as the only response, obviating the need for public voting this turn.   

One enthusiastic youngster stated his thoughts quite succinctly:

... d2 wins.
... d2 WINS
... d2 WINS!
... d2 WINS!

Of course, the variation 43.Nxc4 d1=Q 44.Kxa2 eliminates both passed pawns and Earth's bishop in a mere two moves - but at a very great cost.
A supernova may be in the offing, as we now await Dr. Chamitoff's response!

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 42...d2)

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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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