Was it chess, blackjack or some other game that was first played in space?


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“Cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (1929-2004), along with cosmonaut Vitaly Sevastianov, played chess against the ground crew during their Soyuz 9 spaceflight on June 9, 1970.”

From a chessmaniac page on chess in space, which has much more info.

  • $\begingroup$ Was there potentially anything before in the first 20 or so spaceflights? $\endgroup$ Jan 13, 2019 at 5:49
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    $\begingroup$ "Velcro chessboard". Now, I'm trying to imagine all board game and card game I know with Velcro on it. $\endgroup$
    – Manu H
    Jul 29, 2019 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ fyi I've just asked What electronic game was first played in space? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 23, 2021 at 9:17

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