Re: brucewallace2 - Tarrasch Tempest [15:44]
I take it your a junior? Most junior gradings arn't a true reflection of actual strength. when you play a junior they calculate the grading outcome by adding 300 points to the junior grade. I,ve lost to an 800 before, not for some time tho. I'd recommend entering a major. And Dundee and Angus Chess Congress major would be a good one. I think it's under 1600 or something. I have played in every one since it was re-established. I'm also on the organising committee. It's an excellent congress. Even if we didn't play at least we could say helo and maybe get some games for videoing.
Playing up is a good idea. By having games against stronger players we get a real feel for the actual strength, and weaknesses, of our game.