American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Ryan Li 1P on Agon Kiriyama Cup

Tuesday May 12, 2015


White: Ke Jie 9P
Black: Iyama Yuta 9P
Commentary: Ryan Li 1P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the May 12, 2015 edition of the American Go Journal

Ryan Li 1P describes this game’s background: “The 16th Agon Kiriyama Cup Japan-China Play-off is held between the winners of the respective versions of this title. Ke Jie is a promising young professional player whom, earlier this year, won his 9p title by claiming the 2nd Bailing Cup against Qiu Jun. Iyama Yuta is arguably the strongest player in Japan, and very famous amongst Western Go players.”

And with this game as a backdrop, Ryan beautifully explains how and when pros balance thickness with territory, so as to be able to convert thickness into territory.

Ryan Li 1P is our newest AGA certified professional after sweeping the finals of the AGA Pro Qualification Tournament. Li is studying physics in his third year at the University of Toronto. He’s also an avid soccer player. The E-Journal is delighted to present his commentary. We know our readers will learn from his insights.