Almost 52% of active New Mexico USCF members are rated below 800! Almost all of these are young people – our future. Yet last year at the four big tournaments the NMCO sponsors they made up less than 14% of all the attendees. We are trying to change this, starting with the tournament on the 14th and 15th of January which is, ironically, the Senior/Memorial. If you have any suggestions on improving the participation rate please let us know. (Members with ratings between 800 and 1200 add another 17%, for almost 69% of our chess-playing population.)