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Human chess match will celebrate the new Chess merit badge

Help the BSA celebrate its newest merit badge—Chess!—tomorrow by watching fellow Scouts in a live, human chess match.

The event, shown online at this link, will take place between 1:05-1:25 p.m. CST on Saturday, Sept. 10. Scouts will serve as pieces, challenging one another as they move across the gigantic chess board at The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Scouts back at home can earn their own Chess merit badge by participating in this ancient game—dating back to 600 A.D.—in addition to learning scorekeeping, organizing a tournament, and teaching another Scout how to play.

Look for the new merit badge at your local Scout Shop after you’ve completed the required tasks.

Read more about the Chess merit badge requirements here.