First Earth vs. Space Chess Match Ends – Earth Wins

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The first Earth versus Space chess match, begun during astronaut Greg Chamitoff’s Expedition 17 stay aboard the International Space Station, is over – and the Earth won.

NASA and the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) teamed up to host the match, which started in September 2008. Greg Chamitoff conceded the match in a December 16, 2009, letter to the third grade U.S. Chess Championship Team and its chess club teammates from Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. The USCF facilitated the match, coordinating worldwide voting on the Earth’s moves, which were proposed by the K-3 champions.

Greg Chamitoff, who continued the match via e-mail after his 183-day space mission and return to Earth on November 30, 2008, is scheduled to fly again on the forthcoming STS-134 mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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