I hate open tournaments.
There. I said it. I've been keeping that little thought deep inside for way too long.
For someone with a low rating like me, the first four or five rounds are an utter waste of time. It's only by the final few rounds that I'm even playing people even remotely close to my strength.
In the USA, because they had more players, they were able to split the players up into groups: U1200, U1400, U1600 and so on. That way - in a seven round tournament you at least got to play seven people that were within 200 rating points of your rating.
The only consolation for me is that at least I'm getting the hang of pacing myself and saving my best games for the last few rounds where it really counts.