As the organizers said, a chess match “Earth – Space” will be the culmination of a great chess online festival, which is held from 18 April 2020 portal the joint efforts of the Moscow Museum of cosmonautics, “Roskosmos” and the chess Federation of Russia. And the final day of action on 9 June was chosen because on this day 50 years ago was memorable to the older generation match “Space – to-Earth”.

Then played “white” in space Andrian Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov – the crew of “Soyuz-9” that was in orbit. And for the team of earthlings pondered the moves, Colonel-General Nikolai Kamanin, the head of training of Soviet cosmonauts, and already had been in space Victor Gorbatko. Kept up on the radio broadcast led the pilot-cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky.

9 June 1970 on Board the “Soyuz-9” was a planned day off, and the chess battle lasted almost six hours. “White” and “black” were exchanged attacks while the ship over Soviet territory. To pawns, elephants and all the other pieces did not come off in zero gravity from the chess Board, member of the Institute of aviation and space medicine Mikhail Klevtsov advance invented an original system of slots and guides.

Since the beginning of the party “Union-9” has made four turns around the Earth, in the fifth round draw was made. Checkered Board and a set of shapes returned from orbit to Earth and is now stored in the Museum in the Central chess club on Gogol Boulevard in Moscow.

what Board screen and what shapes will this time play cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, organizers keep a secret. Just said that the first move, as 50 years ago, will be the ambassadors of Earth in its orbit. And all the rest with comments in Russian and English – you can see everyone. For Russian-speaking audience recommended live on the page of this Museum on a social network “Vkontakte”. Match with comments in English will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of “Roscosmos”.