American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Gansheng Shi 1P on 2014 US Open Masters

Tuesday December 30, 2014

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White: Mark Lee 7d
Black: Ziyang (Matthew) Hu 1P
Commentary: Gansheng Shi 1P
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the December 30, 2014 edition of the American Go Journal

In addition to explaining the strategy and tactics from this much anticipated game from the US Open Masters, Gansheng Shi 1P also gives some background on the strength of the top level amateur players: “From my understanding, both players are ridiculously strong. Hu is probably well known by everyone already. Mark Lee is a Korean insei, therefore his strength is comparable to pros. From my experience in Korea, Korean inseis and new pros (even famous pros) will play each other in Leagues at the dojang and train together. Personally, top pros such as Na Hyun even play games with inseis and other new pros in the same league. Thus we cannot underestimate the strengths of inseis even though they are amateur.”

Already 7-dan at the age of 14, Gansheng Shi won the right to represent Canada at the 2008 World Youth Go Championships, where he competed in Guiyang China. Back home less than a month, Shi then mowed through the competition in the Redmond Cup to win the Senior Division, which he held for two years. In 2012 Shi fought well in the first AGA/Tygem professional certification tourney, earning promotion to Professional One Dan, along with Andy Liu 1P. After the summer of 2013, Shi returned from studying go and competing in Korea. Shi is now at the University of Toronto studying Immunology. The E-Journal is delighted to have him doing commentary, and we know our readers will enjoy his insights.