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Chess is among the oldest board games in the world, and it ranks among the most popular games ever created. Chess is played worldwide—even over the Internet. Players meet for fun and in competition, everywhere from kitchen tables and park benches to formal international tournaments. To play chess well requires deep concentration and mental alertness.

29 Comments on Chess

  1. chess is fun

  2. zombiepigmen // July 15, 2012 at 10:37 am // Reply

    the only hard part is the algebraic notion otherwise its easy

    • I agree; anyone know how to submit a formal request to change that requirement to use chess notation instead?

  3. Arch-magius // June 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm // Reply

    With this and railroading, all i need is a role playing merit badge, and im all set

  4. jackrocks12 // March 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm // Reply


  5. I don’t like the teaching part or some requirements, but it’ll be no sweat. Gonna beat my whole troop. (Already beat a guy who beat all of his.) Going to have to relearn scholar’s mate, though.

  6. Chess is so AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Cheesepizza! // October 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    Wow. Next thing you know they’re gonna make Mario Kart a merit badge

  8. FutureEagleGuy // October 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm // Reply

    Im gonna be the first in my troop to get ths! (once i find a counselor)

  9. i’m gonna earn this one

  10. Dynamic Moose // September 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm // Reply

    Anybody have chess on Windows 7? I am only able to beat level 2 consistently!

  11. Awesome!

  12. i love chess and i will try to be the only boy in my troop to earn it

  13. I am definatly gonna get this one. I LOVE CHESS!!!!

  14. It will hard for boys in kentucky to earn this since learning chess is a requirement in elementry school. it will be hard to find a scout that doesn’t know how to play it to fulfill #3

  15. rock on BSA!!!!

  16. Aw sad day! I like the Black knights the best! Wish it was a black knight instead of a white one :(

  17. Looks great! A fun merit badge for a camp out… plus the badge is very well designed.

  18. That sounds like a fun merit badge.

  19. Flash 18 guy // September 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm // Reply

    I looooooove chess. It’s awesome! I’m going to be the first in my troop to get it!

  20. Dynamic Moose // September 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm // Reply

    I’ve been tracking this merit badge since a week ago! I’m so excited about this merit badge!

  21. Flash 18 guy // September 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm // Reply


  22. I’m earning this merit badge

  23. Yeah it finaly here!!! It’s easier than i thought it would be!

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