A tournament is not like casual games. I really push me hard to play well.
It’s nice to be sometimes a bit more focused on it …
Of course when someone wins someone else loses, so you have to relativize.
It’s a bit too stressing if you can play only one a year, more enjoyable and efficient to know your level if more.
It’s a rare opportunity to play face to face not usual players so that diversity gives you more experience. If i am not too tired, i like to play (much) more games as what is scheduled.
Because many go players are nice, i have a lot of enjoyment in the time we pass together, mostly but not exclusively playing go.
To answer more precisely, it’s hard to me to know when i enter the car (i usually share a car) if i will be in shape or not.
Last, if you feel a bit tired or bored going to tournament, did you think to organize one yourself? It’s not that difficult. Find players to organize it with you, a wonderful and free place, good cheap food for groups, sponsors, and a good spot in the calendary. If you focused as well as when you participate, you may end up with a memory for your life.