Resurrecting an old thread here lest I get prerubed.
I've been having the same problem as the OP; I often perform poorly my first round (I'm ~920 rated and shot a 785 first round at a recent tournament
), but turn it around and shoot closer to my rating the second (909 in the second round, meh).
I don't often feel nervous or jittery going into the tourney; at the tournament above I felt pretty good starting out. It's just that one mistake leads to another and it snowballs out of control.
Do you guys have any more advice on how to avoid these first round woes? Once you start shooting poorly, how do you stop the bleeding?