Apparently there will be a fifth Jaws film coming out, Jaws V: The Waiting. As I now seem to be ungraded by the English Chess Federation it’s interesting to make a comparison; how long do I have to wait before I can become a shark in rating restricted tournaments?
This is not a new phenomenon, a student recently got slaughtered by someone who used to be around 220 strength and then stopped playing for a few decades. There have also been cases of unscrupulous players deliberately playing badly in some events so as to keep their rating low enough to get in a particular tournament section.
Of course none of this is particularly conducive to improvement, the way to get better is to continually seek out new challenges. And this is why I’d like to get going again in some serious tournaments.