Russian cosmonauts in space draw a game of chess against a 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. On the 50th anniversary of this wonderful occasion, two astronauts from the International Space Station once again played chess. They were facing a chess grandmaster on Earth.

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It’s Space versus Earth in chess:

The chess game was broadcast live and lasted about 15 minutes. Cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner played chess in weightlessness. They faced a 30-year-old Russian prodigy and chess grandmaster, Sergei Karyakin. The space agency Roscosmos and the Russian Chess Federation had organized this incredible game.

Ivanishin and Vagner played using an electronic chess board. Ivanishin and Vagner drew. Ivanishin claimed it was a huge honor that they did not lose to the grandmaster. Vagner added how American astronauts on the International Space Station watched the game and also gave them advice. Anatoly and Ivan played white in the match.

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Karyakin played the game from the Museum of Astronautics in Moscow. According to a source, Sergei claimed he was nervous throughout the show. He also opened up about how excited he was ahead of game day. He couldn’t sleep until 4 am.

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

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

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In 1970, the cosmonauts in space were Andrian Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov. Their opponents on Earth were General Nikolai Kamanin, the 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 game also ended in a draw in 1970. Here are excerpts from the 1970 game.

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