The water is way too cold for the locals, however the Atlantic in June on the Jersey Shore is colder then the Atlantic off the Bermuda coast in January. I thought it was a delightful way to start the day!
This is the 25th Bermuda Open. Denis Strenzwilk from Maryland has played in all of them. That's him pictured below.
I've known Denis for a long time from my days playing in Maryland before moving to New York. He's one lucky guy to have been able to play every year since it started.
Part of the charm of this tournament is the Bermudian hospitality. Thursday night there was a cocktail reception at one of the local's home. Today there was lunch at Nigel Freeman's home. Nigel is the organizer of the event. He made leg of lamb and roast pork. I had the lamb and it was outstanding. Sitting in his back yard I actually got a little bit of color from the sun. If anyone tries to tell you the sun isn't a problem in January, don't believe them. I didn't get burned, but now I don't look like I've been living under a rock in NY all winter.
Our gracious host serving lunch.
Who can name the two grandmasters?
Meanwhile down on Board 23, Gary Cooper of Bermuda and me shaking hands before the start of our game.
It was an interesting game. I had some excellent chances but messed up. Here's the game.
Back on Board One..... White is drinking red wine. Black is drinking white wine.
Stay tuned for more pictures and news from rounds two and three. It's supposed to rain, but I can't complain. The weather was very nice today.