I just received my tournament packet from the APA today, confirming that I’ll be playing in the APA Regionals in Bakersfield, CA on March 5. Included in my paperwork is a list of all tournament participants. Since I’m rated as a 7, I’ll be playing in the top division against players who are rated either 6 or 7. In the “purple tier” as it’s known, there are 32 players (19 6s and 13 7s) competing for 2 spots that will move on to compete for the National Title. I personally know 5 of the players rated 7, and this is not going to be an easy tournament. Here’s the list of players competing in Bakersfield, with a few preliminary notes that I’ve scratched in the margins to help me gague the speed of the players that I don’t know.