American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Ryan Li 1P on US Open Masters

Tuesday October 20, 2015

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White: Mark Lee
Black: Chen Wang
Commentary: Ryan Li 1P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the September 20, 2015 edition of the American Go Journal

From the 3rd round of the 2015 US Open Masters in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ryan Li 1P gives a thorough analysis of the critical points in this game between 2 of the top 3 finishers. Ryan also gives several “What is the Best Move?” problems (with answers) in this game for the reader to solve. As an interesting side note, Mark Lee was not aware of the AGA “pass stone” rule. So almost at the end of the game, Mark chose a move that loses 2 points relative to non-AGA counting rules. Fortunately, at that point Mark was ahead by 2.5 points, so Mark still won by half a point!

Ryan comments on both players’ backgrounds: “Mark went 9-0 in the 2014 US Go Congress, while Chen is a very famous amateur player from China. We can see the strength of the current top amateur players from China and Korea in this game.”

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.