| This is the Chess merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.|
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Chess belt loop and pin.
|Chess merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||147|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2011|
|“|| 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 merit badge requirements
- 3. Clarification of requirement #3, per BSA National: “Scout” refers to a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout only. "...does not know how to play..." means a Scout who is unfamiliar with the game. It does not mean teaching an existing player a new skill or strategy.
|— BSA Innovations and Research, August 2011|
1. The History of Chess
2. The Benefits of Chess Statistical research that supports the benefit of playing chess.
3a and 3b How to Set Up the Board and the Names of the Pieces
3c. How Each Piece Moves; Castling; En Passant Capture
4a. Chess Notation and Keeping Score
4c. Opening Chess Strategy
4d. Rules of Castling
4e. Fool's Mate and Scholar's Mate
4f. When Does a Game End in a Draw?
5a. Glossary of Chess Terms
5b. Chess Tactics
5d. Mate in One A collection of one- and two- move checkmate puzzles.
Note: The following resources cover learning (and teaching) chess, and the specific requirements for the Chess merit badge.
- 1 - Benefits of Chess and Chess Etiquette (22 Slides)
- 2 - The History of Chess (31 Slides)
- 3 - Setting Up the Chess Board and Basic Rules of the Game (30 Slides)
- 4 - Algebraic Notation for Recording Chess Games (22 Slides)
- 5 - Some Quick Checkmates (7 Slides)
- 6 - Chess Strategy and Tactics (34 Slides)
- 7 - Chess Opening Principles (16 Slides)
- Video - Opening Principles - Morphy vs. Consultants (a.k.a "The Opera Game") (08m:48s)
- Video - Chess Openings - London System (15m:20s)
- 8 - Chess Endgames (6 Slides)
- 9 - Chess Problems (52 Slides)
- 10- Chess Tournaments (19 Slides)
- If you (the merit badge counselor) are likely to be beaten in Chess by 10 percent of the scouts (scholastic players), why not let a better player teach? (Review your rating vs. Cumulative Percentiles by USCF Chess Ratings, above.)
- Districts should consider proven ability to play -and- teach Chess before approving counselors.
- Recommendations for Chess merit badge counselors
- Trainer's EDGE – Extremely useful method in teaching Chess — highly recommended for Chess merit badge counselors.
|General Merit Badge information
- United States Chess Federation (USCF) at "USChess.org" — Last accessed: September 14, 2011
- Think Like A King - The Official Scholastic Software of the USCF — Last accessed: September 14, 2011
| CAUTION: "USCF.org" is NOT the URL for the US Chess Federation website; the correct URL is "USChess.org".|
"USCF.org" contains malware; so, stay away. — Last scanned: September 14, 2011