Yesterday my son Sam was assigned to a section in which he was the lowest rated player. Nevertheless he scored a respectable 2/5 and was raring to go by the end.
Being the underdog can be tough, though anyone who wants to improve must face the terrors of this status sooner or later. My own most memorable underdog experience was in the Hastings Premier of 1987-88 in I was the clear underdog. In the end I only scored 3.5/14, but in the process I learned a lot about chess and scored my first GM norm a few months later.
Anyway, here’s a trailer from a great underdog movie, Rudy.