American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on a Casual Game

Tuesday February 4, 2020


White: Song Zirui 1P
Black: Albert Yen 7d
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the February 4, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this nail-biting game with a 1 dan pro, Albert guides the reader through the numerous places where both sides had chances to steer the game to their advantage. Albert gives this game overview:

“While most of my commentaries feature games that I won, this by no means indicates that I win most of my games. The higher our go rank, the stronger our opponents. So stronger players really lose just as much as weaker players. Losing is not inherently bad, however. We learn more from games that we lose. This time I want to show a game that I lost. I had the privilege of recently playing Song Zirui 1p in a casual game in person. For readers who are not familiar with Zirui, he was the US Open Masters Champion in 2018. Though I did fall short at the end, I was in a position to win throughout the game.”

Albert Yen is an 8 dan player from Chicago. He first started playing go at the age of five after watching Hikaru no Go on television, and became 6 dan in Taiwan when he was 7. 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 running and ping pong.