American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on Using a Dead Group

Tuesday May 13, 2014


Workshop Game
Germantown, MD
March 12, 2013
White: Anonymous 3k
Black: Anonymous 3k
Commentary:  Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors:  Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the April 13, 2014 edition of the American Go Journal

In this game between low kyu players, Yuan Zhou shows how Black makes a typical kyu level mistake in a common position, resulting in a dead group.  But unlike most games, go allows counter-play after a serious mistake.  In this case, Black uses the dead stones to attack surrounding weak stones.

Yuan Zhou 7 dan is one of the strongest players in the US.  He has won many titles.  Zhou is also a popular teacher, lecturer, and author.  He lives in Germantown, MD, and can be reached at .