Thursday, June 30, 2016

Off to Canada!

I'm leaving today to go to the Canadian Open in Toronto!  I'll play pair go with Pete Schumer and then play in the main Canadian Open tournament as well.  I am so not ready for this.  My head is full of t-shirts and tote bags and pamphlets for the Congress.  But I'll be assistant tournament director for the US Open, so I won't get to play then, so this is my chance and I'm taking it.  (Unlike the "golden chance" that I missed in the game below...)

I'll also spend a couple of days in Montreal with Guo Juan after the Canadian Open.  It's been a long time since I've been to Montreal and I'm really looking forward to the visit.  Hopefully I'll manage to keep up with my Congress purchasing & planning while I'm away. (We're now on track to have about 650 attendees! If we really get that many, we'll totally blow away the past record attendance of 518 in NYC.)

Meanwhile, my reporting on my EYD games has totally been Congressed.  I did manage to stay in B league, finishing up with a 2-3 record in the June round.  I'm now 1-2 in the July round.  In the game below (game 3 of June round), I lost by resignation.  I did manage to beat the same person in game 1 of the July round, though!  Some day I'll get around to posting the review of that and my game 5 of the June round.  I also already lost games 2 and 3 of the July round, but haven't gotten reviews of those yet.

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50]TM[2400]OT[15/300 Canadian] PW[haku123]PB[greyhound]WR[2d]BR[2d]DT[2016-06-08]EV[Yunguseng League June 2016]RO[3]PC[The KGS Go Server at]SO[]C[White: haku123 Black: greyhound Result: W+Resign]RE[W+Resign] ;B[pd]BL[2387.461]N[haku123 vs greyhound] ;W[dp]WL[2388.505] ;B[pq]BL[2383.624] ;W[dc]WL[2377.051] ;B[fq]BL[2377.891] ;W[cn]WL[2342.57] ;B[ip]BL[2372.63] ;W[pn]WL[2283.022] ;B[qo]BL[2289.028] ;W[qj]WL[2262.367] (;B[pl]BL[2266.778]C[I tried this based on something In-seong had shown us in a recent review. It definitely didn't work out well for me (I'm sure my situation was different from what In-seong was showing us). My opponent later recommended following up on it (which I did not). The reviewer (not In-seong this time) just said it was bad. We can understand why it's not good through tewari analysis.] ;W[qg]WL[2223.016] ;B[nc]BL[2233.823] ;W[de]WL[2077.42] ;B[ic]BL[2194.721] ;W[qn]WL[2046.327] (;B[np]BL[2159.994] ;W[nn]WL[1944.074] ;B[cg]BL[2133.768] ;W[bf]WL[1888.514] ;B[cm]BL[2065.771] ;W[dm]WL[1849.536] ;B[cl]BL[2062.404] ;W[dn]WL[1841.007] ;B[ci]BL[2050.436] ;W[dr]WL[1807.302] ;B[qe]BL[2041.7] ;W[kq]WL[1800.623] ;B[jq]BL[2030.073] ;W[kp]WL[1796.329] ;B[mo]BL[2005.366] ;W[kn]WL[1758.373] ;B[mn]BL[1958.032] ;W[nm]WL[1718.99] ;B[in]BL[1954.067] ;W[jn]WL[1698.105] ;B[im]BL[1929.925] ;W[hq]WL[1660.99] (;B[hp]BL[1788.547]C[This was one of my two big mistakes of the game.] ;W[gq]WL[1625.432] ;B[jp]BL[1758.989] ;W[mq]WL[1567.959] ;B[nq]BL[1668.926] ;W[jr]WL[1548.329] ;B[ir]BL[1661.013] ;W[lr]WL[1542.433] ;B[js]BL[1622.511] ;W[gp]WL[1483.338] ;B[kr]BL[1612.567] (;W[jo]WL[1467.828] (;B[io]BL[1539.375]C[This was just ridiculous. White can't actually cut here! Why would Black respond?!? Ugh. (Yes, I was Black. No, I have no idea why I responded. Intimidated, I guess.) I lost my "golden chance". Black missed a couple of chances later, but this was the big thing in this game, so I'll leave it at this (i.e., no more commentary after this point).] ;W[mm]WL[1439.42] ;B[lm]BL[1430.523] ;W[jl]WL[1328.894] ;B[ll]BL[1412.825] ;W[kl]WL[1320.243] ;B[ln]BL[1409.469] ;W[mp]WL[1287.826] ;B[lo]BL[1360.347] ;W[ko]WL[1285.409] ;B[lp]BL[1351.096] ;W[lq]WL[1282.436] ;B[no]BL[1349.482] ;W[hk]WL[1279.784] ;B[go]BL[1343.211] ;W[fp]WL[1214.674] ;B[gn]BL[1305.197] ;W[ro]WL[1195.772] ;B[qp]BL[1206.075] ;W[rp]WL[1193.202] ;B[rq]BL[1181.919] ;W[ok]WL[1127.291] ;B[fc]BL[1121.313] ;W[jd]WL[1034.31] ;B[id]BL[1036.177] ;W[je]WL[1028.282] ;B[kb]BL[1018.511] ;W[kj]WL[954.344] ;B[lj]BL[964.686] ;W[li]WL[940.999] ;B[mj]BL[941.564] ;W[mi]WL[869.004] ;B[nj]BL[864.696] ;W[ld]WL[766.602] ;B[ol]BL[407.278] ;W[nl]WL[708.348] ;B[nk]BL[401.934] ;W[ql]WL[591.662] ;B[pj]BL[348.978] ;W[pk]WL[557.039] ;B[oj]BL[344.293] ;W[qk]WL[552.892] ;B[og]BL[295.808] ;W[mg]WL[529.796] ;B[cf]BL[128.456] ;W[ce]WL[514.977] ;B[bm]BL[123.785] ;W[bg]WL[494.874] ;B[bo]BL[102.793] ;W[bn]WL[490.089] ;B[an]BL[100.363] ;W[ch]WL[352.305] ;B[bh]BL[42.516] ;W[dh]WL[345.269] ;B[bi]BL[38.919] ;W[di]WL[331.356] ;B[ag]BL[30.039] ;W[be]WL[325.382] ;B[ef]BL[20.979] ;W[dj]WL[262.008] ;B[ak]BL[197.179]OB[14] ;W[gf]WL[143.209] ;B[fe]BL[188.198]OB[13] ;W[ge]WL[107.031] ;B[gd]BL[176.081]OB[12] ;W[cj]WL[42.575] ;B[bj]BL[165.692]OB[11] ;W[rf]WL[234.009]OW[14] ;B[eb]BL[131.613]OB[10] ;W[db]WL[216.49]OW[13] ;B[re]BL[113.033]OB[9] ;W[ff]WL[169.004]OW[12] ;B[ee]BL[92.466]OB[8] ;W[eg]WL[165.815]OW[11] ;B[rh]BL[89.269]OB[7] ;W[qh]WL[151.771]OW[10] ;B[ri]BL[81.303]OB[6] ;W[qi]WL[149.281]OW[9] ;B[rg]BL[78.405]OB[5] ;W[qf]WL[143.827]OW[8] ;B[sf]BL[76.473]OB[4] ;W[hr]WL[128.632]OW[7] ;B[iq]BL[62.649]OB[3] ;W[lb]WL[105.197]OW[6] ;B[kc]BL[57.602]OB[2] ;W[lc]WL[103.421]OW[5] ;B[gl]BL[52.279]OB[1] ;W[gk]WL[99.742]OW[4] ;B[ie]BL[300]OB[15] ;W[if]WL[97.175]OW[3] ;B[jf]BL[232.022]OB[14] ;W[ig]WL[49.751]OW[2]) (;B[lm] (;W[jm]C[White can't come out...] ;B[jl] ;W[io] ;B[ho] ;W[kl] ;B[km] ;W[il] ;B[jk] ;W[hn] ;B[hm] ;W[gn] ;B[ko] ;W[lo] ;B[ln] ;W[ko] ;B[lq]C[Shortage of liberties!]) (;W[mp]C[White has to live inside.] ;B[no] ;W[nr] ;B[or] ;W[ms] ;B[os] ;W[ns] ;B[lo] ;W[lp]LB[ko:A][ls:B]C[But Black can take the three stones at A at any time, and has a flower ko at B. Black basically wins the game right away.]))) (;W[mp]C[White should play here.])) (;B[jr]LB[hq:A]TR[kn][kp]C[The reviewer said Black *must* play down in this situation, so that the marked White stones are weak, which would mean that White would not have time to move the A stone out.] (;W[gp]C[If White does try to come out...] ;B[lm]C[Black plays here, and it's a very dangerous situation for White.]) (;W[kl]C[White must come out, ] ;B[fp]C[so Black can easily take the White stone.]))) (;B[po]C[Since Black has Q8, Black should try to fight here (even though it's not necessarily a great fight). ] ;W[on] ;B[rl] ;W[rm] ;B[qk] ;W[pj] ;B[nl]C[Maybe something like this.])) (;B[qn]C[If Black plays here now, ] ;W[qg] ;B[nc] ;W[de] ;B[pl]C[Now this is not a valuable place to play. (But, in the game, after White D15, Black really needs R6, which would lead us to this same position.)]))

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dragon Boat Festival

We had a Go table at the Dragon Boat Festival yesterday.

We've been doing this for many years, starting before I lived in Boston the first time.  As far as I know, we've only ever gained one regular club member from the Dragon Boat Festivals over the many years we've been going there, but that player is Mr. Cho, so it's totally worthwhile.

We had tons of people stopping by to play and learn yesterday.  I was only able to get a moment to take these photos after things had calmed down quite a bit.  We had lots of beginners, quite a few people who play regularly online who didn't know about our club, and a bevy of people who came up and said "we know how to play!" and would then play connect 5 with each other.  

We had 40 mph gusts of wind yesterday so, if your game wasn't going well, you could just wait until the wind picked up again and blew your stones off the board.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

EYD June 4th Round

I won my June 4th round game in EYD.  I made a mistake in the beginning, which gave White a clear advantage.  But then my opponent made a big mistake and the game turned in my favor.  I was able to hold on to that lead.  Here it is, with variations and comments from In-seong:

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50]TM[2400]OT[15/300 Canadian] PW[Thel]PB[greyhound]BR[2d]DT[2016-06-07]PC[The KGS Go Server at]C[Black + 7.5]RE[B+7.50] ;B[pd]BL[2383.54] ;W[dp]WL[2392.664] ;B[pq]BL[2373.68] ;W[dc]WL[2382.431] ;B[fq]BL[2367.816] ;W[po]WL[2322.469] ;B[qo]BL[2276.339] ;W[qn]WL[2294.032] ;B[qp]BL[2273.535] ;W[pm]WL[2290.037] ;B[nq]BL[2245.139] ;W[qi]WL[2256.195] ;B[qg]BL[2239.858] ;W[oi]WL[2226.577] ;B[cn]BL[2230.711] ;W[eo]WL[2219.569] ;B[cq]BL[2224.777] ;W[dm]WL[2166.39] (;B[de]BL[2187.567] (;W[cg]WL[1984.341] ;B[cc]BL[2062.853] (;W[gc]WL[1948.068] ;B[dd]BL[2048.956] ;W[db]WL[1943.076] ;B[be]BL[1999.198] ;W[cm]WL[1896.394] ;B[dq]BL[1993.48] ;W[cb]WL[1862.912] (;B[ci]BL[1931.423]TR[cm][dm]C[This one doesn't work when White has the strong marked stones. (If that area was empty, or Black, it would be ok.)] ;W[ch]WL[1852.889] ;B[bc]BL[1864.789] ;W[di]WL[1841.655]LB[db:A][di:B]C[Good for White -- White gets both sides, A and B.] (;B[on]BL[1596.943] ;W[pn]WL[1827.818]C[This exchange is Black. "Please do not make it."] ;B[ge]BL[1568.953] ;W[qc]WL[1664.059] ;B[pc]BL[1562.324] ;W[qd]WL[1659.428] ;B[pe]BL[1536.435] ;W[qe]WL[1649.726] ;B[qb]BL[1453.494] ;W[rb]WL[1644.709] ;B[pb]BL[1452.089] ;W[qf]WL[1616.513] ;B[pf]BL[1444.038] ;W[rg]WL[1609.282] ;B[pg]BL[1422.689] ;W[qh]WL[1600.505] ;B[ic]BL[1419.449] ;W[hd]WL[1578.972]C[This strategy is ok for White (White took a lot of points in the corner).] ;B[jd]BL[1395.267] (;W[he]WL[1572.015] ;B[gf]BL[1379.134] (;W[if]WL[1485.609]C[This is a mistake.] ;B[kf]BL[1370.998] (;W[bb]WL[1451.758]C[This one is unnecessary.] ;B[fb]BL[1337.221]C[This one is so painful for White.] ;W[fc]WL[1400.064] ;B[gb]BL[1322.566] ;W[eb]WL[1359.77] ;B[hc]BL[1314.464] ;W[gd]WL[1270.798] ;B[ed]BL[1297.988] ;W[ec]WL[1259.72] ;B[eg]BL[1161.399] ;W[hg]WL[1175.77] ;B[gg]BL[1089.717] ;W[hh]WL[1141.238] ;B[ei]BL[1000.059] ;W[dj]WL[1132.423] ;B[gi]BL[984.299]C[Now the game is tough for White. ] ;W[mg]WL[1116.317] ;B[me]BL[931.281] ;W[kg]WL[1087.706] ;B[lf]BL[901.15] ;W[ij]WL[960.53] ;B[lg]BL[871.731] ;W[kh]WL[839.348] ;B[kp]BL[764.982]C[This is a good move, and Black is clearly leading. (End of commentary.)] ;W[iq]WL[712.057] ;B[jq]BL[749.003] ;W[ip]WL[692.231] ;B[kn]BL[745.916] ;W[op]WL[667.641] ;B[oq]BL[733.207] ;W[cp]WL[630.01] ;B[bp]BL[724.539] ;W[bo]WL[623.84] ;B[bq]BL[722.637] ;W[bn]WL[594.428] ;B[ah]BL[671.804] ;W[bh]WL[487.653] ;B[ag]BL[667.684] ;W[ai]WL[485.387] ;B[bf]BL[656.956] ;W[bg]WL[483.424] ;B[af]BL[654.642] ;W[bi]WL[444.612] ;B[ro]BL[649.443] ;W[rn]WL[436.868] ;B[gp]BL[630.61] ;W[in]WL[416.264] ;B[gn]BL[396.178] ;W[jo]WL[361.379] ;B[ko]BL[385.821] ;W[jr]WL[331.035] ;B[kr]BL[371.798] ;W[hr]WL[322.091] ;B[fr]BL[344.462] ;W[np]WL[286.498] ;B[js]BL[314.183] ;W[jm]WL[258.993] ;B[km]BL[282.065] ;W[nl]WL[205.678] ;B[ir]BL[253.122] ;W[gq]WL[194.739] ;B[gr]BL[221.329] ;W[hq]WL[190.834] ;B[ho]BL[211.524] ;W[io]WL[172.216] ;B[fo]BL[184.318] ;W[ep]WL[160.737] ;B[fp]BL[180.709] ;W[ra]WL[133.52] ;B[sn]BL[174.158] ;W[sm]WL[130.613] ;B[so]BL[172.662] ;W[rm]WL[119.938] ;B[mk]BL[67.83] ;W[kl]WL[95.638] ;B[ll]BL[37.27] ;W[kk]WL[84.908] ;B[ml]BL[267.481]OB[14] ;W[nm]WL[53.616] ;B[nk]BL[218.321]OB[13] ;W[ok]WL[49.053] ;B[mp]BL[178.777]OB[12] ;W[mm]WL[38.211] ;B[lm]BL[176.015]OB[11] ;W[mo]WL[26.448] ;B[ej]BL[160.295]OB[10] ;W[ek]WL[17.668] ;B[fk]BL[150.535]OB[9] ;W[el]WL[272.117]OW[14] ;B[hk]BL[148.172]OB[8] ;W[ik]WL[262.321]OW[13] ;B[jf]BL[139.971]OB[7] ;W[jg]WL[257.307]OW[12] ;B[nh]BL[114.557]OB[6] ;W[oh]WL[239.562]OW[11] ;B[og]BL[101.401]OB[5] ;W[fa]WL[229.547]OW[10] ;B[hb]BL[93.232]OB[4] ;W[qa]WL[218.517]OW[9] ;B[pa]BL[90.759]OB[3] ;W[mh]WL[174.779]OW[8] ;B[lh]BL[80.094]OB[2] ;W[ni]WL[166.199]OW[7] ;B[ng]BL[77.909]OB[1] ;W[li]WL[163.485]OW[6] ;B[mf]BL[300]OB[15] ;W[mi]WL[162.468]OW[5] ;B[hi]BL[296.745]OB[14] ;W[ii]WL[160.542]OW[4] ;B[en]BL[276.283]OB[13] ;W[dn]WL[157.769]OW[3] ;B[hl]BL[214.124]OB[12] ;W[fl]WL[120.284]OW[2] ;B[dh]BL[186.894]OB[11] ;W[dg]WL[109.702]OW[1] ;B[eh]BL[184.584]OB[10] ;W[cj]WL[300]OW[15] ;B[hs]BL[180.469]OB[9] ;W[lp]WL[268.48]OW[14] ;B[mq]BL[177.745]OB[8] ;W[lo]WL[266.055]OW[13] ;B[lq]BL[175.472]OB[7] ;W[df]WL[248.527]OW[12] ;B[ef]BL[172.855]OB[6] ;W[fd]WL[226.087]OW[11] ;B[fe]BL[150.813]OB[5] ;W[eq]WL[167.179]OW[10] ;B[er]BL[147.887]OB[4] ;W[ac]WL[155.246]OW[9] ;B[ad]BL[131.431]OB[3] ;W[ab]WL[153.917]OW[8] ;B[mn]BL[127.666]OB[2] ;W[nn]WL[149.931]OW[7] ;B[ln]BL[125.077]OB[1] ;W[no]WL[149.315]OW[6] ;B[il]BL[300]OB[15] ;W[jl]WL[146.962]OW[5] ;B[im]BL[219.815]OB[14] ;W[jn]WL[142.896]OW[4] ;B[gl]BL[215.4]OB[13] ;W[hj]WL[132.774]OW[3] ;B[gj]BL[212.278]OB[12] ;W[gh]WL[129.341]OW[2] ;B[fh]BL[208.943]OB[11] ;W[cf]WL[116.385]OW[1] ;B[ce]BL[204.716]OB[10] ;W[fm]WL[300]OW[15] ;B[fn]BL[200.711]OB[9] ;W[ap]WL[228.539]OW[14] ;B[aq]BL[192.807]OB[8] ;W[ao]WL[226.995]OW[13] ;B[nj]BL[189.532]OB[7] ;W[oj]WL[222.41]OW[12] ;B[lj]BL[179.659]OB[6] ;W[kj]WL[220.1]OW[11] ;B[ga]BL[162.823]OB[5] ;W[ea]WL[202.047]OW[10] ;B[id]BL[155.072]OB[4] ;W[ie]WL[186.011]OW[9] ;B[je]BL[148.867]OB[3] ;W[gm]WL[180.622]OW[8] ;B[ph]BL[127.174]OB[2] ;W[pi]WL[175.073]OW[7] ;B[pp]BL[111.986]OB[1] ;W[hm]WL[158.167]OW[6] ;B[gk]BL[300]OB[15] ;W[hn]WL[154.944]OW[5] ;B[hp]BL[296.969]OB[14] ;W[lk]WL[146.614]OW[4] ;B[mj]BL[292.07]OB[13] ;W[jp]WL[144.675]OW[3] ;B[kq]BL[290.451]OB[12] ;W[hf]WL[129.016]OW[2] ;B[em]BL[274.179]OB[11] ;W[]WL[129.014]OW[1] ;B[]BL[274.176]OB[10]TW[aa][ba][ca][da][sa][sb][rc][sc][rd][sd][re][se][rf][sf][ig][sg][ih][jh][rh][sh][ci][ji][ki][ri][si][aj][bj][jj][pj][qj][rj][sj][ak][bk][ck][dk][jk][pk][qk][rk][sk][al][bl][cl][dl][ol][pl][ql][rl][sl][am][bm][om][qm][an][cn][on][co][do][oo]TB[ha][ia][ja][ka][la][ma][na][oa][ib][jb][kb][lb][mb][nb][ob][jc][kc][lc][mc][nc][oc][bd][cd][kd][ld][md][nd][od][ae][ee][ke][le][ne][oe][ff][nf][of][fg][fi][fj][go][rp][sp][qq][rq][sq][ar][br][cr][dr][jr][lr][mr][nr][or][pr][qr][rr][sr][as][bs][cs][ds][es][fs][gs][is][ks][ls][ms][ns][os][ps][qs][rs][ss]C[Thel [?\]: thanks greyhound [2d?\]: Thanks for the game! greyhound [2d?\]: I thought you did a really nice job of developing the middle greyhound [2d?\]: I think white was ahead early on. crowis [-\]: Hello greyhound [2d?\]: Hi In-seong crowis [-\]: It's true. White was better. crowis [-\]: But White gave too many points on the top. greyhound [2d?\]: Yes. crowis [-\]: Let's check this game in the review crowis [-\]: Please upload teh game. greyhound [2d?\]: Great; thanks! crowis [-\]: See you! greyhound [2d?\]: I will. greyhound [2d?\]: Bye! ]) (;W[fd]C[White should play here to protect.] ;B[ef])) (;W[hf] ;B[gg] ;W[hg] ;B[gh]LB[ld:A]C[White can keep pushing and then even look for the invastion at A.])) (;W[id]C[But White needs to play this one now. ] ;B[jc] ;W[if] ;B[je] ;W[hf]C[White comes out with good shape and can expect nice influence in the center.])) (;B[rj]LB[on:A][pn:B]C[If Black does not make the A-B exchange, Black can do this later.] ;W[ri] ;B[ql] ;W[rm] ;B[pj] ;W[pi] ;B[ol] ;W[rk] ;B[rl] ;W[sl] ;B[qk] ;W[sj]C[White can connect, but only by ko.])) (;B[ch]C[Black should play this one to negotiate.] (;W[dh] ;B[dg]) (;W[bh] (;B[dg]) (;B[bg])) (;W[bg] ;B[dg] ;W[dh] ;B[bh]))) (;W[dq]C[This is good timing for White to block.] ;B[cp] ;W[cm] ;B[do] ;W[ep] ;B[dr] ;W[er] ;B[cr] ;W[gp] ;B[dd]C[If Black plays to take the corner, ] ;W[eg]C[Just give it. The center is very big.])) (;W[dq]C[White can block here. This is really painful.] ;B[cp] ;W[cm] ;B[do]LB[cm:A]C[Usually this move is painful for White, but with A, White is happy.] ;W[ep] (;B[dr]C[Black really should exchange this.] ;W[er] ;B[cr] ;W[gp]C[Black lives inside, but White is so strong outside. ]) (;B[] ;W[cr] ;B[br] ;W[dr] ;B[bs] ;W[bn] ;B[bo] ;W[dn] ;B[co] ;W[bm] ;B[ao]C[If Black doesn't exchange the hane on the bottom, White gets all these moves in sente. ]))) (;B[dq]C[Black should play here now.] ;W[cm] (;B[bo] ;W[fl]C[(I know this variation, really I do.)]) (;B[de]C[Or take sente now.])))

I lost my 3rd round game, which I played after my 4th round game, but In-seong hasn't done the review of that one yet.  I'll post the game after I get the review.

We only have one game left in the June session.  This last round will determine whether I stay in B League or move back down to C League for the July session.  I think my opponent will be tough to beat.

Meanwhile, Walther and I continued the dan level class last Thursday (that's right, just me and Walther again), studying the first of the incredible run of Nie Weiping's supermatch games and also a recent crazy Ke Jie game.  I really like this format of memorizing and preparing an old classic game and then studying a new game that Walther brings.  Memorizing pro games is a really good way to learn and those classic games have a lot in them that is applicable to our own games.  But then we play "guess the next move" with the new games that I haven't seen before, which is a lot of fun.  It's gratifying when I can get the moves right and really wonderful when they play moves I never would have considered.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

busy busy busy

The plan was to spend all my summer time on playing & studying Go, but someone decided that we should host the US Go Congress this summer.  So we in the MGA are busy getting ready for this 500 person event (or maybe even 600 -- we're on track to break the record attendance of 518).  I was recently put in charge of all the merchandise, so I'm busy preparing lots of swag with our logo on it.

There might also be some running chickens.

Meanwhile, I am still playing and studying.  I'm learning so much in EYD, but that means I'm trying out lots of new things and definitely not always doing them well.  Here's my most recent game:

(;GM[1]FF[4]CA[UTF-8]AP[CGoban:3]ST[2] RU[Japanese]SZ[19]KM[6.50]TM[2400]OT[15/300 Canadian] PW[bitzi]PB[greyhound]BR[2d]DT[2016-05-27]PC[The KGS Go Server at]C[White + Res.]RE[W+Resign] ;B[pd]BL[2386.388] ;W[dp]WL[2397.957] ;B[qp]BL[2382.953] ;W[dc]WL[2394.824] ;B[oq]BL[2376.874] ;W[qf]WL[2391.32] ;B[nc]BL[2372.168] ;W[rd]WL[2388.69] ;B[qh]BL[2354.992] ;W[qc]WL[2385.877] ;B[qe]BL[2353.07] ;W[re]WL[2383.638] ;B[pf]BL[2350.779] ;W[pg]WL[2381.525] ;B[qg]BL[2349.129] ;W[rf]WL[2379.322] ;B[og]BL[2334.001] ;W[jp]WL[2374.847] (;B[ph]BL[2312.587]C[This was a huge mistake. It leaves the right side too open.] ;W[id]WL[2358.227] ;B[ci]BL[2294.261] ;W[cf]WL[2322.839] (;B[cm]BL[2269.832]C[This is a weird shape and a little slow.] ;W[co]WL[2302.724] ;B[dk]BL[2261.625]C[This is just too slow.] ;W[fq]WL[2288.377] ;B[lp]BL[2212.17] ;W[qo]WL[2210.391] ;B[rp]BL[2126.95] ;W[oo]WL[2151.126] ;B[pn]BL[2117.008] ;W[on]WL[2122.122] ;B[op]BL[2032.978] ;W[pm]WL[2101.416]C[This is too easy for White.] ;B[pk]BL[1912.621] ;W[nl]WL[1928.424] (;B[cc]BL[1807.908]C[In-seong has lectures on "three moves to become a high level player", which are peep, probe and sacrifice. So I'm trying to do these things more but, of course, I don't do them very well. Here I'm all proud of my probe, but In-seong says this one is not the best.] ;W[dd]WL[1848.496] ;B[kc]BL[1766.568] ;W[jc]WL[1802.216] ;B[kd]BL[1761.989] ;W[if]WL[1796.187] ;B[hp]BL[1708.34] ;W[hq]WL[1754.604] ;B[ln]BL[1464.508] ;W[qn]WL[1655.796] ;B[ql]BL[1423.604] ;W[ll]WL[1636.46] ;B[mk]BL[1390.668] ;W[ml]WL[1602.491] ;B[jo]BL[1382.629] ;W[ip]WL[1586.244] ;B[kj]BL[1298.926] ;W[jl]WL[1474.222] ;B[io]BL[1259.022] ;W[lj]WL[1401.921] ;B[kk]BL[1210.114] ;W[lk]WL[1394.579] ;B[kl]BL[1200.408] (;W[km]WL[1390.178] (;B[lm]BL[1195.773] ;W[ki]WL[1384.629] ;B[jj]BL[1183.836] ;W[lh]WL[1362.983] ;B[fg]BL[1033.719] ;W[ii]WL[1310.611] ;B[he]BL[989.815] ;W[ie]WL[1305.616] ;B[gd]BL[983.888] ;W[gf]WL[1115.635] ;B[cd]BL[909.802] ;W[de]WL[1105.659] ;B[db]BL[902.626] ;W[eb]WL[1099.479] ;B[bb]BL[783.399] ;W[fc]WL[1072.995] ;B[ca]BL[753.12]C[This is too slow. Black doesn't have time.] ;W[im]WL[1018.085] (;B[ff]BL[733.579] ;W[fe]WL[1005.82] ;B[gg]BL[730.055] ;W[hf]WL[999.353] ;B[ho]BL[453.466] ;W[ir]WL[939.33] ;B[pc]BL[435.451] ;W[qb]WL[927.03] ;B[bn]BL[415.025] ;W[bo]WL[915.924] ;B[kb]BL[406.308] ;W[jb]WL[900.158] ;B[hk]BL[388.282]C[For some reason, I had it in my head (without actually reading it) that Black could not save these stones, so I played here instead. But the reading is not hard. What's wrong with my brain?!?] ;W[ij]WL[871.895] ;B[kn]BL[375.623] ;W[jm]WL[868.595] ;B[kr]BL[355.511] ;W[gi]WL[849.039] ;B[ei]BL[266.953] ;W[bh]WL[787.933] ;B[bi]BL[257.891] ;W[be]WL[771.44] ;B[ao]BL[202.626] ;W[ap]WL[766.759] ;B[an]BL[200.576] ;W[bp]WL[761.668] ;B[bd]BL[186.297] ;W[dh]WL[661.523] ;B[eh]BL[160.846] ;W[le]WL[601.935] ;B[ke]BL[40.281] ;W[kf]WL[596.865] ;B[lf]BL[294.641]OB[14] ;W[mf]WL[579.822] ;B[lg]BL[246.306]OB[13] ;W[mg]WL[569.447] ;B[kg]BL[244.075]OB[12] ;W[jg]WL[567.674] ;B[jf]BL[240.4]OB[11] ;W[kh]WL[566.302] ;B[kf]BL[234.647]OB[10] ;W[md]WL[539.554] ;B[ja]BL[177.183]OB[9] ;W[ia]WL[534.173] ;B[ka]BL[175.618]OB[8] ;W[ib]WL[496.833] ;B[pb]BL[159.698]OB[7] ;W[pa]WL[489.19] ;B[oa]BL[156.681]OB[6] ;W[qa]WL[488.306] ;B[mc]BL[148.274]OB[5] ;W[si]WL[368.529] ;B[ce]BL[132.113]OB[4] ;W[dg]WL[356.812] ;B[ri]BL[111.114]OB[3] ;W[sh]WL[346.664] ;B[sj]BL[106.5]OB[2] ;W[rg]WL[343.142] ;B[rm]BL[97.173]OB[1] ;W[rn]WL[322.667] ;B[rh]BL[300]OB[15] ;W[sg]WL[320.166] ;B[sm]BL[280.695]OB[14] ;W[rj]WL[300.041]C[greyhound [2d?\]: Thanks for the game! greyhound [2d?\]: Nice job bitzi [-\]: thanks bitzi [-\]: see you around greyhound [2d?\]: bye ]) (;B[ij]C[Black must bring these stones out. ])) (;B[ki]C[And Black should come out.])) (;W[ki]C[White should play on this side.])) (;B[gd]C[He recommends playing here instead, to separate White and fight.])) (;B[cn] ;W[fq] ;B[bp] ;W[cq] ;B[dl]C[In-seong recommended this.])) (;B[pj]C[Black is supposed to play here.]))

I'm currently 1-1 in the B league. I lost the game shown above. The game before that I won because my opponent was having trouble with his computer repeatedly rebooting, so he resigned instead of finishing the game -- not exactly a glorious win for me. I was supposed to play game 3 yesterday, but my opponent was playing in a tournament this weekend, so I'll play 2 games this coming week (my regular game on Tuesday, and a make-up game later in the week).

In our dan-level class, attendance and preparation have been deteriorating.  Last time it was just Walther and me and I had done more preparation (even though he's running the class).  Actually, it was really nice because we could really go over things in a lot more detail, instead of having tons of people jumping all over the place.  We finished the series of games we started studying, so Walther said I could pick the next game(s).  On Guo Juan's recommendation, I selected the incredible run of wins by Nie Weiping in the Japan-China Supergo games.  He won eleven of these title matches in a row, securing wins for China in the first three of the Supermatches.  We're going to review the first of these wins this coming Thursday.