American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on an Online Game vs 7 Dan

Tuesday October 1, 2019


Black: Albert Yen 7d
White: anon 7d (on Fox Server)
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the October 1, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal

Albert’s commentary is on one of his recent online games against a 7 dan on the Fox server. Albert’s summarizes the key points of this game, “I chose to do a commentary on this game, because this game exemplifies how important the opening is. Falling behind without realizing the true board state in the opening is common. On the surface my opponent didn’t play any obvious slack moves or overplays, but I took control of the game after the first joseki, because I knew the shape better. I played a new move in the opening after studying the shape with Leela Zero – the result was very good for me. Main message: You don’t have to kill a group to have a big lead, and vice versa.”

Albert Yen first started playing go at the age of five after watching Hikaru no Go on television. He received 6 dan at the age of 7 in Taiwan. Albert continued to compete in America after he moved to Chicago in fifth grade and studied under Jiang Mingjiu 7p. To date, he has made several showings in national and international tournaments, including winning representation to the World Youth Goe Championship in 2014, 1st place in the Redmond Cup in 2015, and 4th place at the 2019 World Amateur Go Championship. Albert is currently a second year undergraduate student in UIC’s GPPA BA/MD program in Chicago. Outside of go, Albert enjoys sprinting and running.