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Flight Engineer and Science Officer Greg Chamitoff vs NASA Ground Control
"Space Oddity" (game of the day Dec-01-2013)
Ground Control(s) vs Officer Greg Chamitoff (2008), NASA v ISS, rd 17
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Attack (D00)  ·  1-0



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Flight Engineer and Science Officer Greg Chamitoff vs NASA Ground Control (2008) Space Oddity

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Nov-24-10  Waitaka: I did visit NASA facilities in Houston while this game was being played.

If I recall correctly, every move was played by a different person either on ISS and Ground Control.

I don't know the numbers but it is expected that more people played from Ground Control than from ISS, so probably more variance on strength. :)

That's why some moves are very poor, like, 11...Ba6 (better was 11...Be7) or 15...Rac8 (better was 15...Bd6).

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  HeMateMe: Is this a game played from the space shuttle? Or, from the International space station? The Right Stuff v. Tech Weanies.
Nov-26-10  Waitaka: <HeMateMe: Is this a game played from the space shuttle? Or, from the International space station?> from the International space station
Jul-09-11  timhortons: tHose scientist play this bad?
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  Domdaniel: They're not *that* bad ... remember that neither side, in all probability, has ever studied chess -- they're playing from first principles. And, although both sides show the kind of disregard for material that is typical of beginners, they also come up with some good ideas. White's 25.Qa7, for example, sets a trap (which I assume was deliberate): 25...Rc1+ 26.Bf1 and now if 26...Bxb5, then 27.Qb8+ wins.
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  Phony Benoni: Ground Control were unable to exploit their natural space advantage.
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  offramp: The shortest Game of the Day.
Dec-01-13  morfishine: This game demonstrates why a few become astronauts while everybody else stays on the ground


Dec-01-13  Conrad93: 12. Nb5 is the best move of the game.
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  piltdown man: Finally, a game where they play like I do.
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  offramp: <offramp: The shortest Game of the Day.> By that I mean the game that has been GOTD for the teensiest amount of time; half of its day was taken by some Amos Burn game.
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  Phony Benoni: Considering the distance between players, it might also be the longest Game of the Day.
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  kevin86: Spaceman 1 Ground Control 0-There goes any desire I have to go into space-lol
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  Benzol: Compare to Soyuz 9 Cosmonauts vs Ground Control, 1970
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  OhioChessFan: Seems to me the ISS were the ones with the natural space advantage.
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  OhioChessFan: Chamitoff: "I hope these guys are better engineers than chess players."
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  Dionysius1: It looks like they had fun - I hope so. There's a certain joie de vivre in moves like 8..., 12., 18., and 25..
Mar-02-17  whiteshark: You are playing better when you mind is in a state of weightlessness.

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