Hey, everyone! I am bdn512, and I am fairly new to this site. Yesterday, I just played in my first rated tournament. I came in as one of only 2 unrated players in a field of 19 participants, the other 17 ranging from approximately 140-1500. I ended with 3/5 points. My first game there was a loss to a 740 rated player. It was a terrible performance on my part. I don't know if it was nervousness or what, but I lost in about 25 moves. In my second and third games, I was able to turn it around, beating both a 711 and an 815. In my fourth game, I lost to a 1504. It was pretty even for the first dozen or so moves, but then he found an opening and blew me apart. In my fifth game, I won against a 940 who was playing very fast. It was even until the endgame, but then he slipped up and I forked his last knight and king with my pawn. In other words, it was a great first rated tournament for me. I finished in 7th, and my USCF rating jumped up to 976!