Anniversary Chess Match Space – Earth to Take Place on June 9


On June 9, a chess match between Space and Earth is scheduled to take place in the main hall of the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. The event is co-organized by the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics, the Roscosmos State Corporation, and the Chess Federation of Russia. The match is timed precisely to the half-century anniversary of the first Space – Earth game of chess played on June 9, 1970. 

The match features pilot-cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, Hero of the Russian Federation, and cosmonaut Ivan Wagner, who will deliver the battle from aboard the International Space Station.  "Representative of the Earth" is Sergey Karjakin– a rapid and blitz world champion and two-time winner of the World Team Championship as a member of the Russian national team. He will be playing the game from the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. 

Live streaming in the Russian and English languages is co-organized by the Chess Federation of Russia, the Roscosmos State Corporation, and the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. Social network VKontakte, the official online partner, is a platform that provides the event coverage for spectators. Same as 50 years ago, the first move advantage belongs to the space crew.

The broadcast starts at 11:45 a.m. Moscow time. 

For more details please see the attached press release

Photos: Archives of the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics and Chess in the USSR magazine
Official website of the Russian Chess Federation

Contact information:
Press Officer of the Chess Federation of Russia.
Eteri Kublashvili