Are there any over-the-board tournaments open only to persons over 18?
Everywhere I go it's like a school field trip, more than half the players are from some elementary or middle school, all parents in tow. And as I am in the ~1600 rating range myself, I end up playing nothing but kids and I find it unpleasant.
First of all, it's a no-win situation. If you beat them, you feel like a bully taking candy from a baby.
Most of the time it's fine, but I've had a few very negative experiences, especially:
A kid about 9 years: he played a fantastic opening against me, he was up a pawn and had a crushing position. He proceeds to go get all his friends to look at the board, all snickering. Then, I fight back and when he realizes I'm about to win his rook and take the initiative he breaks out into tears, like inconsolable. It was horrible. The TD awarded me the game as forfeit.
A kid about 14 years old: He plays really fast, and I go up a knight and have a good attack going. It's a complex position but I'm easily going to be able to finish it. He proceeds to get up, walk around for 20 minutes (game 60 time control), comes back, makes a move, then gets up again, another 10 minutes, and on and on until he had a few mins left and then he played to the end (I won easily.) It was ridiculous. I complained to the TD but he said there's nothing he could do.
So I can't play tournaments anymore, it's unpleasant. Are there any tournaments that are open to only adults?