Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boy Scouts Chess Merit Badge

The Boy Scouts of America have added a Chess Merit Badge.

Based on the requirements, It should be an easy merit badge for any youth tournament players, and I think that an average tournament player could be a merit badge counselor. I have signed up as a counselor at my local council (Gamehaven). I am currently running about 14 scouts through the Chess Merit Badge in the troop for which I am an assistant scoutmaster.

The Chess Merit Badge pamphlet has good content for the space (96 pages) and the price( $4.49), but there are much better books for beginning chess players. The tactics examples are excellent, but only enough to illustrate the motifs discussed.

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