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October 9, 2017, is National Chess Day. Chess is a two-player game that is set on a board consisting of 64 squares, with eight pieces per person. The object of the game is to capture the opponent’s king by making strategic moves across the board. Each type of piece has a distinct movement pattern, so keeping a variety of pieces in play offers a larger tactical advantage. Chess is a traditional game that can be played by people of all ages.


The Central Jersey Chess Tournament takes place each month. The tournament is open to players of all skill levels and will be held in Princeton this month. Visit their website for more information.

International Chess Academy in Glen Rock offers chess camps, private lessons, tournaments and more. For more information, call 201-797-0330.

Toms River Chess Club in Toms River offers consolation games, lectures and USCF rated tournaments. Visit their website for more information.

All The King’s Men in Pitman is a chess and game center. They offer chess pieces, board games and more. They also host events such as chess tournaments and other game nights. For more information, visit their website.

October 9 is also Native American Day, National Online Bank Day and Leif Erikson Day.

For similar celebrations, check out Today in NJ: National Trivia Day and Today in NJ: National Word Nerd Day.


Today in NJ, 2016: International Beer & Pizza Day

October 9, 2016, is International Beer & Pizza Day. It was created to honor one of the most popular food and drink combinations. There are many different kinds of both and are enjoyed all over the world. Beer dates back to 5,000 BC, making it one of the oldest beverages (source.) The first time pizza was documented was in Gaeta, Italy in 997 AD. Visit one of the restaurants listed below to get your favorite pizza and beer.

The Plank Pizza Co. Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook serves a variety of different pizzas, salad, tacos, wings, pretzel sticks and more. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 3:00 pm to 12:00 am. For more information, call 201-843-2426.

Conte’s Pizza and Bar in Princeton specializes in thin crust pizza. They also have gluten free pizza, pasta, beer and more. They are open Monday from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Saturday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm and Sunday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information, call 609-921-8041.

Johnny Mac House of Spirits in Asbury Park offers free pizza every day and other weekly specials. They are open every day from 11:00 am to 2:00 am. For more information, call 732-776-6666.

Forno Pizzeria & Grill in Maple Shade serves gourmet pizza, salads, sandwiches, burgers, cheesesteaks, pasta, chicken, seafood, vegetarian options, wine and beer. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information, call 856-608-7711.


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