I think that I haven't updated for quite a while. Last Wednesday I beat Yan laoshi at 3 stones, but it was lucky, my entire game was so ugly except for one really good move. This wednesday, I hope that I can play a better game and still win.
From Thursday to Sunday, I played 2 games a day. I'm a little surprised that I felt so tired playing so few games, but I think that it's because all of the games are serious. I'm glad to have a couple days break now before we start playing again this weekend. It almost feels like I'm playing tournament games.
As before, I will almost always win against the weaker kids in our group, but I have a little more trouble against the stronger kids. The weaker ones will often play moves that are not just bad, but sort of meaningless. The stronger kids are generally much sharper. I did finally get a win against the kid who has a little tail of hair (he won the most games last month), I feel like it was like moving past a psychological barrier, so perhaps I will be able to get more wins now.
I feel like in the last week (and maybe in the last month) I haven't really gotten any stronger, but I feel like I learned a lot, and now I have the right mindset so that I will be able to keep on advancing. At the very least, the game seems much clearer to me.
I think that we are at a pretty significant barrier. When Siu came, he was 1k European, and he has advanced to our current level (whatever that may be, Yan laoshi estimates 3d for Siu) in just a little over a month. But he is having a harder time making progress now. And like I said, I don't really feel like I'm stronger either. But we're not sure how much of that feeling is a function of our being around so many strong players.
Becci has a post soon-to-be-posted about our book-buying trip. I'm just going to list the books I got here:
4 dictionaries (l&d, tesuji, joseki, fuseki), 2 volumes on the newest variations for attack and defense, 3 volumes of endgame (by lee changho), 2 volumes hard korean l&d, brilliant moves by lee changho, igo hatsuyo-ron (classical life and death, a present from Yan laoshi), 1000 L&D (the book the go school uses for the level beneath us), collection of best games from Go Seigen, and a book on stuff to know from Chinese 3d-6d.
Romain was having a little trouble packing for his return to France (this saturday). He also got a board while he was here, dark wood (cypress?), like the cracked board that's at the MGA. It's 13 kg, 6 cm, and he also bought 7 kg of books (about the same as me). Unfortunately, the weight limit for baggage is 20 kg, so we might be doing some finessing with his carry-on.