Breaking News: I Still Suck

I still suck at go, but not quite as much as before.

I haven’t been playing on KGS very often. In fact, it had been almost a month since I played a game there. In the meantime, my rank drifted from a solid 18k to a tentative 16k.

Then I had a weird run of luck. Friday, I played two games, winning both. The first was against a 20k; the second was against a 15k. This catapulted my rank to a tentative 12k. (Is there a term for reverse sandbagging?)

I knew this couldn’t stand, so I played a few today. I lost my first two by resignation; a 9k handed me my ass after giving me three stones, and a 12k beat me in an even game. This dropped my rank to a solid 14k. My third game was against a 16k; I gave him two stones and won by 25.5. That game taught me not to underestimate my opponent, even when they make odd moves. (I thought it’d be a blowout.)

So, I’m 14k. That’s where KGS put me, and that seems to be about right. It’ll take some time to get used to the idea, since I’ve considered myself an 18k player for so long.

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