I would like to apologize to the organizers of the 3rd Coast Chess Festival for the comments made in this blog entry.
Instead this is what I would like to say:
I would like to thank the organizers for having the event, and also for the community service projects they undertake.
The tournament was well directed and the playing conditions were excellent, although basing the prizes on 180 participants was overly optimistic. (Based on adult participation in Illinois events)