American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Eric Lui 1p on Chinese Changqi Cup

Tuesday May 2, 2017


White: Tao Xinran 6p
Black: Chen Zijian 4p
Commentary: Eric Lui 1p
Game editor: Myron Souris
Published in the May 2, 2017 edition of the American Go Journal

This preliminary round game of the Chinese Changqi Cup showcases two relatively unknown, but strong, young pros. Eric adds, “Tao Xinran would seem to be favored, having won the Xinren Wang (New Star) tournament in 2013.” But as Eric explains in his commentary, in the last half of the game, Chen Zijian’s technique is exemplary on squeezing his opponent’s groups while taking profit.

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.