Hi, all Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturers (grades K-12) are invited to a chess tournament in Kenosha next Saturday, May 15th.  The tournament is a “Swiss style” tournament (like round-robin) with no elimination.  All players will play all six rounds.  Adult supervision is required for players grades K-8.  The cost is $10 if you pre-register online by May 13th (register online in advance, then pay at the door).  Lunch and treats will be available for purchase.  There are divisions for the various age groups (K-4, K-8 and K-12).

Cub Scouts will be able to complete the requirements for the Chess Belt Loop and Academics Pin at the tournament.  If you’re planning to earn the pin, please email me in advance so I know how many materials to bring.  Then please remind me at the tournament so I can work through the requirements with your scout.  I am including the requirements for the belt loop and pin below.

If your scout enjoys chess, this is really a fun event.  The students alternate between playing a game, and then having some “break time” before the next round starts.  During the break time, the students can hang out inside or go outdoors and burn off some energy.  If the weather is nice, you might want to bring some outdoor toys such as frisbees, footballs, basketballs, etc.

Scouts should already know how to play chess to participate in the tournament.  If your scout would like to learn how to play chess, you are welcome to visit the tournament and I will arrange for someone to teach them during the breaks.  Please contact me in advance if you’d like to do this, so I can make plans.

The event is open to the public.  So non-scouts, friends, siblings, etc are also invited.

For more information, please see the attached flier.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Allan Cargille


Home 262-697-2991


From http://www.usscouts.org/advance/cubscout/academics/chess.asp


Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete 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.

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.

Academics Pin

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. 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.