Loosing stones when learning new things is pretty normal i guess. Just recently i lost about 3 stones just after finishing a book on attacking. I was just capping my opponents stones every single time and kept overplaying (but now I am one stones stronger than before and feel much more confident). Knowing more can sometimes make the game harder : maybe you see more possibilities but are not quite confortable enough to make the right choices so the result is worse than if you only saw one “average” possibility. In the end it will be benefitial : just keep playing, enjoy your games try the new things that you learned even if it means loosing a few games and you will understand when they work/don’t work. Also yeah make sure you keep doing the basic stuff correctly
If you want a game just challenge me in correspondance (I am a bit busy atm so i can’t guaranty a tons of moves per day haha)
Also, payng to much attention to your rank may be detrimental, do not forget that ogs rank is very volatile, so a few stones difference doesn’t really reflect actual strength.
I think it’s normal. I struggled when I started trying to learn new things but with a bit more playing practice and review it payed off. With me, when I learned about not playing things until necessary, to keep sente for example, I would be happy that I didn’t need to play X until my opponent played Y but then 100 moves later when it came to Y being played, I’d forgotten all about X… Lost many games like this but I guess in fact most of my play was at a higher level than before.
Well, if your last few games are any indication, it’s not because you’re approaching the game from a different angle after studying hard, I reckon the break was too long, so you’ve lost focus/sharpness. You’re making a lot of very uncharacteristic mistakes.
Advice is the obvious:
daily tsumego to stay sharp
daily live games to train your perception, focus and endurance