I HATE PLAYING CHESS TOURNAMENTS
I suppose it would be helpful to add reasons since I haven’t played in a regular tournament in a couple years.
1. I hated the registration in the morning and driving distances.
2. I hated packing my bags.
3. I hated reading all that tiny print for the advertisements about where, when, and whether I should wear a tuxedo.
4. I never particularly liked unruly kids or show offs.
5. I hated maps (I don’t have GPS), figuring out which hotel/motel… distances, etc. You know, how much gas will I have to buy?
6. Should I bring a set and board (of course) and a clock that I probably don’t know how to work (digital).
7. I am always hoping for a competent TD, not someone who just took the test.
I finally conquered one of these by arriving a day early, like on a Friday. Then I could get a decent night’s sleep (maybe, TV shows on Fridays are uniformly terrible as are the weather people). But then when morning arrived I would have to do the shower and breakfast thing and check and make sure I am registered.
Rounds should start around noon after I have woken up, eaten, bathed, etc. I see what Fischer was after. Most tournaments I have been to, or run myself, are for the TD’s benefit. If one gets “liberal” then people don’t show.