Tonight, I turned up at my local chess club and the club head honchos were giving out prizes to all the winners for the various club competitions held this year at the club.
But what floored me was when Les Mikolajczyk suddenly mentioned my name and told me that I had won a prize for coming in 2nd in the Rapid Chess tournament in the Under 1400 category. Sweeeeeeeeeet! :)
My brother-in-law Steven (he had a handful of trophies to take home with him) and I then proceeded to have a nice club dinner (which was organised by the chess club) at one of the main dining rooms of the League club.
Having only studied chess on and off for the last 1 year and 8 months thereabouts, this $20 really gave me a HUGE morale boost because I honestly didn't expect to win anything. In fact, I didn't even know I had come in second.
And yes, that's my real name printed... err... handwritten on the prize envelope.
Now what should I do with the $20? I was thinking of giving maybe half the money to charity and the other half.... well... I dunno... get another chess book? Heck, maybe I should just donate the whole $20 to charity. I think I will do just that.