So Saturday my first USCF rated event since last July. A scalp of a class A player, a not-too-embarrassing loss versus an Expert, and exhibiting surprising tactical superiority over a feared YAK (young Asian kid) are reasons for an optimistic future.
Also won $14+, covering much the $20 entry fee. And after everything’s calculated, I’ll gain about 50 rating points, moving me from “borderline class B” to “definitely class B”. Woot.
Three positions from over the weekend; all with Black to play. Answers will be in the comments.