|NASA – USCF EARTH VS. SPACE CHESS MATCH|
|Written by MonRoi Support on Sat, Nov 01 2008 (10:38)|
NASA and the USCF organized the correspondence chess match between astronaut Greg Chamitoff, in orbit aboard the International Space Station, and the kindergarten through third grade U.S. Chess Championship Team and its chess club teammates from Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. The game moves at a pace of one move per day on weekdays only.
The K-3 champions select up to four possible moves each time it is Earth's turn, and then the public votes on which move will be made. NASA transmits the winning move to Chamitoff, who then responds. Chamitoff has been playing correspondence chess in his off time with NASA’s control centers during his missions. He has added Velcro to the chess pieces to keep them from floating away in weightlessness. So far, he is undefeated.
Kelly Humphries, NASA
Glenn Petersen, USCF Chess Life for Kids