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First Annual Trenton Chess Fest Event

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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.  

Co-sponsored by The New Jersey State Chess Federation, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, Thrivent Financial and The Bank of Princeton, children received free chess sets, boards and carry bags as well as chess tee shirts and fun give-aways.  Lunch was provided and the space to hold the event was generously donated by the Trenton YMCA.  Watch for this annual event same time next year!  For further information on how to get involved in promoting this event for next year, contact Barbara Sprechman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Friday, 16 November 2018