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First Annual Trenton Chess Fest Event
On Saturday, October 20th, Mercer Council and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County held the first annual Chess Fest event at the Trenton YMCA. Chess Fest is a family fun event that is free to all Mercer County youth interested in learning or playing chess. The primary goal of this event is for children to develop an interest in an activity that engages their minds and lowers the chances of them engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as substance abuse and violence. "Chess helps children learn valuable life lessons including strategic thinking, delayed gratification and conflict resolution skills. Not only is it an enjoyable game, chess is a healthy activity that aids in the development of logic, reasoning and problem-solving abilities." said Hal Sprechman, chess instructor, coach and tournament director.