American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Eric Lui 1p of NOVA Final

Tuesday January 24, 2017


White: Michael Chen 7d
Black: Jiang Xingying 7d
Commentary: Eric Lui 1p
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the January 24, 2017 edition of the American Go Journal

This top board game from the fourth and final round of the NOVA Cherry Blossom tournament on April 9, 2016, is between Michael (Zhaonian) Chen with a 3-0 record and Elaine (Xinying) Jiang with 2-1.

Eric describes the two players: “Both players are among the strongest in the country. Michael has been one of my closest rivals for more than 10 years, and has a sharp fighting style. Elaine is relatively newer to the US go scene, making her tournament debut at the 2013 US Go Congress. From the few games we have played, she seems to have a thick and practical style.”

Eric Lui achieved amateur one dan at the age of 6. He first represented the US internationally in Seoul, Korea one year later. To date, he has had more than a dozen international representations, including the ING Cup, MLILY Cup, Samsung Cup, and IMSA Elite Mind Games. Eric’s Go accolades include the highest-ever US finishes in the World Amateur Go Championship (2011) and the Korea Prime Minister Cup (2015), and runner-up in the 2010 North American Ing Masters Tournament. In January 2016, he placed first in the AGA pro qualifier, earning pro status. Eric currently lives in his hometown of Maryland, where he plays and teaches Go full-time and can be found cultivating greatness at the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore Go Clubs.