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Spring Valley player claims chess championship

Ted Johnson (Grinch), left, Chris Bennett representing the Spring Valley Library, Jack Williamson, Victoria Bensch representing the Cordes Lakes Library, and Mo Emmett. (Courtesy)

Ted Johnson (Grinch), left, Chris Bennett representing the Spring Valley Library, Jack Williamson, Victoria Bensch representing the Cordes Lakes Library, and Mo Emmett. (Courtesy)

A little competition is a good thing. It helps keep people on their toes and provides a goal to reach, not counting the satisfaction of reaching that goal.

Two people who attained that goal and went on from there are Chris Bennett, chess winner from Spring Valley Library, and Victoria Bensch, winner from Cordes Lakes Library. On Saturday, March 30, they held a playoff match, complete with arbiter Jack Williamson to keep all moves correct.

It was a tight match with challenges for each player. Sometimes they caught their tentative mistakes in time to not make that play, and at other times the play was made and they had to deal with the consequences.

Chess is an excellent strategy game, and a person must think ahead to mentally see all of the pitfalls of a potential move. This becomes very helpful in life, as many decisions we make as adults have consequences, and being able to determine what they are helps us make better decisions.

Chris was the victor, claiming the prize for Spring Valley Library. Victoria said concentration was required, but she enjoyed the game. Congratulations to our winner, as well as to those that entered the competition, but didn’t get to the top. There is time to practice and enter next year’s competition.

Not to be overlooked is the award for the most Dr. Seuss books read in the library, which went to EJ Bensch, who read 16 books.

Of course it is difficult to read or play the game without getting hungry, so the Grinch (Ted Johnson) helped to serve pizza to the players and other guests.

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