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Chess keeps the mind sharp, says Cuban-born local teacher

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Coach Pedro plays alongside some St. Clair County High School students at a recent chess club meeting.


MARGARET — Pedro Pino-Padron Sr. remembers the first time he picked up a chess piece. It was in Old Havana, Cuba. 

“I started playing when I was eight,” he said. “The pieces attracted me, the strategy kept me.”

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Chess coach Pedro Pino-Padron Sr. wants to share his love for chess with others. 

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A youngster plans his next chess move.