[imagefield_assist|fid=1768|preset=frontpage_200x200|lightbox=true|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]The Welcoming party at the CCSCSL was quite successful, with over 50 members in attendance. After we downed most of the food and drinks, it was time for the blitz tournament -- 44 players (!) entered the blitz tournament, which surprised the employees of the chess club.
Luckily, our esteemed director, Ray Kurczynski, handled the directing job easily, and all rounds were started in a timely fashion. I was fortunate to go 6-0, and a four way for second place, with 5-1, instigated a playoff, which was won by resident blitz phenom Joe Garnier.
Joe gave me a run for my money in the last round (We were the only players with 5-0) but I was able to squeak out a close victory in a rook and pawn endgame.
Everyone enjoyed themselves at the party, as we played skittles and I showed some cute problems after the blitz tournament. I met a lot of members for the first time and saw enthusiasm for my arrival. Next Saturday is the Winter Open, and I think there may be two Finegolds in attendance! Stay tuned for, umm, some pics from the party, which I probably will hope do not see the light of day!