Academics - Chess

Chess Loop and Pin

Tiger, Wolfs, Bears and Webelos Scouts may complete these requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment.

Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Requirements for the Chess Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Identify the chess pieces and set up a chess board for play.

  2. Demonstrate the moves of each chess piece to your den leader or adult partner.

  3. Play a game of chess.

Requirements for the Chess Pin

Earn the Chess belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate basic opening principles (development of pieces, control center, castle, don't bring queen out too early, don't move same piece twice).

  2. Visit a chess tournament and tell your den about it.

  3. Participate in a pack, school, or community chess tournament.

  4. Solve a pre-specified chess problem (e.g., 'White to move and mate in three') given to you by your adult partner.

  5. Play five games of chess.

  6. Play 10 chess games via computer or on the Internet.

  7. Read about a famous chess player. Tell your den or an adult family member about that player's life.

  8. Describe U.S. Chess Federation ratings for chess players.

  9. Learn to write chess notation and record a game with another Scout.

  10. Present a report about the history of chess to your den or family.

Chess Worksheet

Chess Online Resources

  1. Chess Mentor

  2. Chess Tutorial

  3. Club Kasparov

  4. U.S. Chess Center

  5. Beginner's Chess Page

Steps to Follow:

  1. Download and Print Worksheet at bottom of page

  2. Scout complete Worksheet

  3. Turn completed Worksheet into your Den Leader

  4. Den Leader may have questions for your Scout

  5. Den Leader will record completion

  6. Scout will be awarded Loop a/o Pin at the next Pack Meeting

  7. Limit of Two Loops and Two Pins per Month

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