Doing a little better
I was able to focus on my game this evening. ChiyoChan is at a party. ChiyoMama is letting me decompress at Go. One of my biggest projects was completed and will only require cosmetic tweaks this weekend before its presentation on Monday. I've taken off half of the burdens that I started my week with.
All this allowed me to play better.
After two losses, I won against the LibertyBot (24k) with a 5-stone handicap. I then won against rbraham (27k) in a ranked game with a 3-stone handicap and against dpc (23k) in a free game with a 7-stone handicap. rbraham seemed to understand that concentration affects one's ability but dpc seemed to be unhappy with me. He probably thinks that I'm some sandbagger and I suspect that I'm now on his censored list. I owe rbraham an even match soon.
Maybe my rank will change tomorrow and I'll be entitled to fewer handicaps.
But I do think that I was well-focused and playing a more solid strategic game as yoyoma (2k) had taught me in one of our reviews. He explained, in effect, that I didn't have to kill groups, only that I had to keep them from interconnecting and forming any base with eyes. That was what I focused on and it seemed to have worked well this evening.
In tactics, I applied mungo's (? but he's an ex-4k) lesson of keeping my connection points either well-protected or, preferrably, solid. I avoided weak points which could be cut.