How Do I Compete in OTB Chess Tournaments?
I really enjoy playing chess and now I would like to compete OTB but I have no idea how to go about doing it. In doing a little research I found that the USCF has tournaments but how do I receive an official rating in order to compete? It looks like I have to join the UCSF and then pay to register in a tournament. Is this correct? How long does it take to earn a rating? I could use as much info as possible. Thanks in advance.