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Up Close And Personal Down Under Print E-mail
By Glenn Petersen, Editor, Chess Life for Kids   
June 20, 2009
thumb_australia.jpgAfter a long personal tour, which included stops at the Supernationals in Nashville, Tennessee and the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, Astronaut Greg Chamitoff is taking some well-deserved vacation time.
Right now he is visiting Australia - this time up close and personal, instead of from a distance of 210 miles out in space!
But he hasn't forgotten our Washington warriors.  His 27th move, 27.a4, has been examined by the club members of the Stephenson Elementary School, and they've come up with two choices for Earthlings to consider:  27...bxa4 and 27...Rb8.
Earth now has until Monday, June 29, at midnight EDT (9 PM PDT), to cast their votes and decide how the game will play out.

Greg Chamitoff vs. Earth (after 27.a4)

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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

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The Final Position:
(after Greg's 46.Kxa2)


Read NASA's announcement about this game.

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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]