This was my first Pinburgh. All I can think about is how many more days until I get to go back. I had no restrictions, as I was around 1500 going in. I was expecting C division at best and was afraid I might be D. When I qualified for B I was shocked and extremely excited. I knew I didn’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell of making B division finals, and I didn’t care. I considered it an honor to get stomped (and I did) in B. All I’ve talked about since is how exciting it was to be considered a B player. So for my part I’d much rather have the glory of trying and failing in a division above my normal level.
I can totally understand how it’s different for people who are used to winning money in tournaments, though. Being the, shall we say, undeveloped player that I am, I basically assumed I was kissing my entry fees goodbye in payment for a great time – I had no reasonable expectation of winning money.
Coming in near the bottom of B did some very nice things for my WPPRs, anyway. Better yet, whenever I’m tempted to get too down on my own abilities, ever since Pinburgh I tell myself “you’re a B division player now!” and feel a little encouraged.
Writing this post brought me 12 minutes closer to next Pinburgh! Yay!!