Chess Merit Badge – BSA Troop 55, Houston

Chess Merit Badge – Resources and Links

The next Chess Merit Badge class that I will conduct at Troop 55 Houston will be
Sunday, Oct. 26.   at St. John Devine.
Achievements for History, Basics & Strategy: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm.  
Achievement to Play, record, and review games: 3:30-5:30 pm.  
All scouts and adults are welcome to join in the games.  
Please sign up or send an email to me: raseysm (at)



USScouts has a good workbook.  Print it out.  Fill out what you can.  Bring it to the class.

This is a good web site for training and learning strategies.
All the problems are “find the best move.”  About 1/3 of the problems are “directed mate.”  2/3 of the problems are find an exchange to improve your position by at least 2 points, like get a rook for a knight.

This one is a second choice. It is better for beginners to learn
Mate in 1 and Mate in 2 problems, though they are not all Mate problems.  Start with Level 1 for easy problems like “mate in 1.”

Training on Openings
See my index page for Chess Openings.
These are a set of PDF’s showing board positions at each 1/2 move, White and Black.  For each position there are 2 to 5 advantageous responses and several to avoid.

See this website for looking up Openings by Name.
click the Learn menu, Book Openings by name.

An Opening Tree website.   It has favorite moves from every opening position.   The only draw back is it does not give the name the opening position.