Today, St. Louis area Boy Scouts played a game of human chess during an event co-hosted by the World Chess Hall of Fame and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to launch the first-ever Chess Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts of America.
Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura participated in the event and stood in as the black King. The game ended in a draw and Women’s Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade and Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan provided live commentary during the event.
NASA Astronaut and Eagle Scout Greg Chamitoff presented 15 Scouts with the badge and on Sept. 12 the new merit badge will be available to Scouts across the U.S. Also, as part of the event, Chamitoff presented the Hall of Fame with the chessboard that flew on the space shuttle Endeavor as part of his Official Flight Kit.
The World Chess Hall of Fame, is a cultural institution that showcases art, history, science and sports through the lens of chess, officially opened on Sept. 9 in St. Louis’s historic Central West End neighborhood – located across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
The Hall of Fame relocated from Miami and chose Saint Louis as its new home due to the city’s growing reputation as a center of chess.
Article by Laura High