SEATTLE, May 15, 2009-American Astronaut Greg Chamitoff was on the International Space Station from May 2008 to November 2008. While in orbit he started a chess match between 11 members of the Stevenson Elementary School Chess Team in Bellevue, Wash.--the Stevenson teams were the 2008 National K-3 Champions and the 2009 National K-5 Champions. The match began in October 2008 via a satellite linkup, and continued face-to-face at the Super National Elementary Chess Championships in Nashville in April 2009. The game is still in progress--at a pace of one move about every 1-2 weeks--with the students ahead by two pawns after 24 moves. The opponents face-off next at The Museum of Flight on Thursday, May 21 during a public program of tours, chess and space-talk.
Chamitoff will be in Seattle to visit his Stevenson opponents and the local chess community. The Museum of Flight is hosting a special program of events around his visit from 2 - 8 p.m. Except for a private tour in the Museum's space gallery with the Stevenson students at 2 p.m., the events are open to the public. Program is free with Museum admission or membership. Media Alert:
Several hundred members of the local chess community are expected to attend. Please contact Museum PR office to schedule interviews and media opportunities with Chamitoff.
Students who are members of chess clubs will be playing chess in the Side Gallery. There will be as many as 40 - 50 games.
5 - 7 p.m.
Museum café is open for dinner.
Chess matches continue in the Side Gallery.
7 - 8 p.m.
Program by Chamitoff about his time on the space station. For more information and video: