Friday, November 13, 2009

500th Event at Westfield Chess Club

On Sunday, November 22nd, the Westfield Chess Club will celebrate its 500th event at the Westfield YMCA, where the club has been located since autumn 1990.

Before the start of the Grand Prix tournament, a luncheon will be held from 12 noon to 2pm. According to the invitation that I received in the mail, the purpose of the luncheon is:

1) to honor those who have served in the club for the last 20 years;
2) to show appreciation for the Westfield Y where we have met for the last 20 years;
3) to honor the accomplishments of the players for the last 20 years who have played at the Westfield Chess Club;
4) to show that we make a difference in people's lives.

Executive director of the Westfield Y, Mark Elsasser, will be in attendance. The cost of the luncheon is $15. To attend the luncheon and play in the Grand Prix tournament, the cost is $38 for club members and $48 for non-members. The tournament begins at 2:30pm and already has guaranteed prize money of $615, which may be increased. A skittles room will be available for those who want to play casual chess.

The luncheon will consist of chicken Francaise, London broil, salad, vegetable platter, red potatoes, coffee, and tea. The caterer is Five Star by Thomas.

Tournament director Todd Lunna can be reached at his e-mail address or by phone at 732-526-7163, by November 15th to let the caterer know the number of people who will attend.