American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on Changqi Cup Finals

Tuesday December 24, 2019

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White: Ke Jie 9P
Black: Zhou Ruiyang 9P
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the December 24, 2019 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

This 2nd game of the 2019 Chinese Changqi Cup finals is between Ke Jie 9p (White) and Zhou Ruiyang 9p. Ke Jie has already won by a point the 1st of this best of 3 games finals. The Changqi is one of the top Chinese national tournaments.

This game contains some of the most complicated fighting you’ll see, even for a pro game. Yet Yuan Zhou gives an insightful review for amateur players to make sense of this incredible game.

Yuan Zhou gives this summary of the players’ backgrounds: “Ke Jie 9p, currently ranked number one in the world, is famous for his skill at fighting, which this game illustrates well. Ke Jie has been doing better in international events than in national Chinese events. Zhou Ruiyang 9p has won several Chinese titles in recent years.”

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).