Winning this game would put my “live rating” just over 1900, and still not a peak rating at that, which for me was 1910 five years ago. If anything, that’s a slightly depressing thought, since I was playing and working full-time back then.
There aren’t a lot of high-rated active players in the Colorado Springs area though, like there were back then. In that one weeknight tournament, there was Wise, Shand, Loving, Freeman, Covington, Herman, Rhett, Pahk, Shook, Carson, etc all playing in it – most of them were or did make Expert. Dean Brown was still the TD back then, of the Panera tournament, and it was played at G/90, d/5.
I have no Candidate Master norms (which is like an Expert title, but doesn’t go away due to rating fluctuations). I have to finish better against higher-rated players, it’s been a bugaboo for me.