American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on Contrasting Styles

Tuesday September 26, 2017

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White: anon 3d (Yuan Zhou’s student)
Black: anon 3d (Korea)
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the September 26, 2017 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Playing an “unreasonably” aggressive opponent is unnerving. Yuan Zhou’s commentary here gives you numerous examples of how to respond to such play with tactics and strategic whole board thinking. Yuan Zhou gives this overview of the contrasting styles of the two players in this game: “This game between two 3-dan amateurs was played on the Tygem Internet site where there are a lot of Korean players. So, generally, games played on Tygem involve a lot of fighting and aggressive play, that is, Korean style play. This is a good site for practicing your contact fighting skills. If you want to practice your opening and endgame skills, you should look for games on Pandanet IGS, where there is more territorial play, longer, more peaceful games. The fighting spirit of Korean players is usually very high. Black in this game is no exception. Koreans at this level typically don’t know that much about opening theory or josekis, but their fighting skill is very good. So a lot of games are decided by the contact fighting in the middle game.”

Yuan Zhou 7 dan is one of the strongest players in the US. He has won many titles. Zhou is also a popular teacher, lecturer, and author. He lives in Germantown, MD, and can be reached at yuan.zhou@zhouyuan.com . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (www.slateandshell.com).