USCF Home arrow Chess Life Online arrow 2011 arrow May arrow Earth vs. Space Match 2011 Launches!
Earth vs. Space Match 2011 Launches! Print E-mail
By Kelly Humphries   
May 17, 2011
space2.jpg
Photo courtesy NASA

After a brief postponement due to some electrical problems on the space shuttle Endeavour, the latest Earth vs. Space chess match is now under way, and you can tweet your suggestions on how to beat NASA astronauts Greg Chamitoff and Greg H. Johnson.

Chamitoff and Johnson launched on a mission to the International Space Station on Monday, and have only two weeks to complete this match, so the action should be as fast and furious as the busy mission to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer allows. They’re teaming up for this chess match challenge to the people of Earth. 

NASA and the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) hosted the first Earth vs. space match in 2008 when Chamitoff lived aboard the International Space Station. The public won that match thanks to help from chess champions at Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. 

"Chess is a great game that challenges the mind and helps young people develop critical thinking skills that will serve them well in math, science, and all aspects of their future careers," Chamitoff said. 

He and Johnson will play the game during their 16-day space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. The USCF will facilitate the match on its website at: 


At the site, the public can vote on a chess move; suggestions can be made via Facebook and Twitter. The USCF will decide how to respond to the astronauts' moves. NASA and USCF will use Twitter and Facebook to notify participants about the status of the game and when to vote on moves.

Chamitoff, who will conduct two spacewalks during the shuttle mission, is a chess aficionado. He took a chess set when he launched to the space station in May 2008, and brought it back when he returned home in November 2008. He will be taking a different chess set for this trip. 

"We hope to do better in this Earth vs. space match," Chamitoff said. "But, I have to admit it will be a challenge because we have an extremely busy flight ahead of us." 

Updates on the chess match will be posted on the following Twitter and Facebook sites including Chamitoff's Twitter account and the International Space Station's official Facebook page: 





 
Advertisement

May - Chess Life Online 2011

The Scoop on the World Chess Hall of Fame & Bobby Fischer Against the WorldAlex Battey Earns IM Norm in First Saturday Gareyev Hot in Chicago; Holt Earns GM Norm Get Ready for National Chess Day 2011 World Chess Hall of Fame and HBO Co-Host St. Louis Bobby Fischer Against the World Premiere Chicago Open Photo Gallery Harikrishna & Gelashvili Lead in Chicago Harikrishna on Opening Strong in Chicago Whirlwind Rapid Play Ends International Matches in Saint Louis Chicago Open Spans Memorial Day Weekend Speed Chess Like You've Never Seen Before (Video) Gelfand to Challenge Anand for World Championship! Eagles Partner with ASAP in Thrilling Event for Philly Youth Nakamura Wins Convincingly to Clinch Classical MatchTension Builds in Saint Louis Matches Unusual Chess Problems: Part I Nakamura Evens Score in Saint Louis Ponomariov, Robson Still LeadThe US Chess Scoop with Dr. Frank Brady National Open: A Chess Festival You Don't Want to Miss! Ponomariov, Robson Score Round-One VictoriesEarth vs. Space Match 2011 Launches! Yankovsky and Troff Earn Norms in Reader Memorial World Elite Battle in Saint Louis Kamsky Eliminated in Heart Breaking Playoff Candidates Semifinals Go to Playoff Kamsky-Gelfand Begins With Two Draws Robson Replaces Korchnoi for Match Play in St. LouisWu and Wheeler Among Winners at Elementary NationalsKamsky Defeats Topalov in Match; To Face Gelfand Next 2011 Elementary Nationals Begin in Dallas 2011 Elementary Nationals: A K-1 Preview Kamsky Draws First Blood in Candidates! Summer in Orlando: Details on the US Open, Junior Girls Open, Denker & BarberCandidates Kick Off; All Draws in Round 1 Nicky and Melinda’s Tournament AdventuresThe May Check is in the Mail Greg on Chess: Handicapping the Candidates Rosen Tops High School Nationals Nakamura, Korchnoi Headline Match Play in St. Louis