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This is the Boy Scout Chess merit badge.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Chess belt loop and pin.
Chess merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 2011
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID:
Requirements revision: 2011
Latest pamphlet revision: 2011

Contents

The new Chess Merit Badge [emblem] is currently in stock, and is scheduled to hit Scout stores mid-August!

The USCF (United States Chess Federation) provided the primary contributing writers for the Merit Badge pamphlet. They will be helping to promote the badge through communications with the Chess delegate teams (similar to BSA’s National Committees and Boards) and e-mail blasts, plus website and “tournament news” announcements.

— BSA Supply Line, July 2011



Chess requirements

  1. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the history of the game of chess. Explain why it is considered a game of planning and strategy.
  2. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the following:
    a. The benefits of playing chess, including developing critical thinking skills, concentration skills, and decision-making skills, and how these skills can help you in other areas of your life
    b. Sportsmanship and chess etiquette
  3. Demonstrate to your counselor that you know each of the following. Then, using Scouting’s Teaching EDGE*, teach someone (preferably another Scout) who does not know how to play chess:
    a. The name of each chess piece
    b. How to set up a chessboard
    c. How each chess piece moves, including castling and en passant captures
  4. Do the following:
    a. Demonstrate scorekeeping using the algebraic system of chess notation.
    b. Discuss the differences between the opening, the middle game, and the endgame.
    c. Explain four opening principles.
    d. Explain the four rules for castling.
    e. On a chessboard, demonstrate a "scholar's mate" and a "fool's mate."
    f. Demonstrate on a chessboard four ways a chess game can end in a draw.
  5. Do the following:
    a. Explain four of the following elements of chess strategy: exploiting weaknesses, force, king safety, pawn structure, space, tempo, time.
    b. Explain any five of these chess tactics: clearance sacrifice, decoy, discovered attack, double attack, fork, interposing, overloading, overprotecting, pin, remove the defender, skewer, zwischenzug.
    c. Set up a chessboard with the white king on e1, the white rooks on a1 and h1, and the black king on e5. With White to move first, demonstrate how to force checkmate on the black king.
    d. Set up and solve five direct-mate problems provided by your merit badge counselor.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Play at least three games of chess with other Scouts and/or your merit badge counselor. Replay the games from your score sheets and discuss with your counselor how you might have played each game differently.
    b. Play in a scholastic (youth) chess tournament and use your score sheets from that tournament to replay your games with your merit badge counselor. Discuss with your counselor how you might have played each game differently.
    c. Organize and run a chess tournament with at least four players, plus you. Have each competitor play at least two games.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Chess merit badge pamphlet, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply No. 35973)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Chess is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Chess requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.


Requirement resources


PENDING RELEASE - These materials may not cover all of the requirements for the Chess Merit Badge.


Resources for Teaching the Chess Merit Badge
     These files have information developed by members of the USCF committee that prepared the merit badge pamphlet manuscript.

     Methods to solve Chess problems, and and some problems, with solutions at the end.

     If you are likely to be beaten in Chess by 10 percent of the scouts (scholastic players), why not let a better player teach?

     Districts should consider proven ability to play Chess, and ability to teach, before approving a merit badge counselor.

  • The Trainer's EDGE - The EDGE method is useful in teaching Chess, and the class will help merit badge counselors.

Related awards

Hobby-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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