American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on Asian TV Cup Final

Tuesday October 31, 2017


White: Na Hyun 8p
Black: Lee Sedol 9p
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the October 31, 2017 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

After the opening in this final game of the Asian TV Cup, Na Hyun 8p takes a lead over Lee Sedol 9p. Lee spends the rest of the game throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Na, trying to turn the game around.

Lee Sedol 9p is a top title holder in Korea and has often been ranked number one in the world in recent years. Lee is the only human to beat AlphaGo. Na Hyun 8p is a rising young pro in Korea. The Asian TV Cup is a fast play tournament (30 seconds per move with the possibility of using a full minute, ten times) between the winners and runners up of the TV Cups in Korea, China, and Japan. Lee has won this international event four times and was hoping for a record setting fifth win.

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 . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (