Russian cosmonauts in space draw chess game against Grandmaster on Earth


In 1970, a game of chess was played between two opponents, but while one was on Earth the other was on the International Space Station. To mark the 50th anniversary of this wonderful occasion, two astronauts from the International Space Station have once again played chess. They were up against a great chess master on Earth.

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It’s space against earth in chess:

The game of chess was broadcast live and lasted approximately 15 minutes. Cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner played weightless chess. They faced a 30-year-old Russian chess prodigy and grandmaster Sergei Karyakin. The Roscosmos space agency and the Russian Chess Federation organized this amazing game.

Ivanishin and Vagner played on an electronic chess board. Ivanishin and Vagner led the game in a tie. Ivanishin said it was a huge honor that they did not lose to the Grandmaster. Vagner added how American astronauts at the International Space Station watched the game and also gave them advice. Anatoly and Ivan played white in the game.

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Karyakin played the game of the Moscow Astronautical Museum. According to a news source, Sergei claimed he was nervous throughout the show. He also explained how excited he was heading into game day. He couldn’t sleep until 4 a.m.

Sergei liked Ivanishin and Vagner. He said they played well. He also said how he can say that the human brain works very well when we are in space and he saw it very well. Sergei was only 12 years and seven months old when he became the youngest grandmaster in the world.

Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner visited the International Space Station in April with US astronaut Chris Cassidy. They were joined by US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on May 31 on the first private manned flight to the ISS. Below is the video of the players playing chess:

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In 1970, the space cosmonauts were Andrian Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov. Their opponents on Earth were General Nikolai Kamanin, head of the cosmonaut training program, and cosmonaut Viktor Gorbatko, along with another cosmonaut, Valery Bykovsky. The game lasted 6 hours and the player transmitted their movements while the spaceship was above the Soviet Union. The match also ended in a draw in 1970. Here are excerpts from the 1970 game.

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