Chess Pin

Chess Pin for Cub Scouts

This month I am featuring a chess theme for Cub Scouts. If your Cub Scout has already earned the Chess belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program, and he still wants to learn more, he can work on the chess pin from the same program.

Chess Pin Requirements

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

  1. Demonstrate basic opening principles (such as 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.
  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
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