20k, BQM and Shape
First break into 20k
I told saiclone (18k, aka frankiii) that I would break 20k by the evening of November 16th and I did. I was successful in an even match with jcm (21k) and a 6-stone handicap match against RankBot001 (13k). It's a bit odd but this was the first time since I got back from my playing break that I expressed that level of confidence.
jcm, merci pour le partie! You were gracious in our match and I really appreciated that.
I discovered that I play well when I match-up against the slower-paced RankBots (running GnuGo 3.6) because (Surprise!) I think more about my moves. I've also tried to take my KGS friends' advice of playing more solidly and avoiding a hane that serves little to no purpose.
Shugyosha (30k) himself is returning from a playing break although his circumstances were notably different than mine. I wish him greater speed in getting his groove back than I had.
Big Question Mark
Yoyoma (2k) had suggested that I post some of my game conundrums on Sensei's Library's Big Question Mark section. This was the first time I had ever heard of it. It's a section where you can ask for commentary on just a portion, or a particular position, in your game.
To-date, there are 261 entries there. It's a good section to visit to see how different positions can be analyzed.
Three Diagonally Across - Bad Shape?
In my match against RankBot001, I played three stones running diagonally across the board to protect the corner as is shown in the close-up below. In fact, I played this formation twice; to the left and the right.
I feel as if this is a potentially vulnerable formation and that it could easily be undermined by a star-point invasion. But I also felt that it had an equal potential to protect the corner. Does anyone have any insight or experiences that they can share about this shape when it is centered on the star-point?