American Go E-Journal

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

Tuesday March 3, 2020


White: Albert Yen 7d
Black: Leo Li 5d
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the March 3, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this game from round 4 of City League between Chicago and Canwa Vancouver 3, Albert describes lots of variations with relatively straightforward results that readers should be able to easily relate to situations from their own games.

Albert introduces this game, “I came out of a slump from round 3, where I made a huge blunder in the first joseki and lost the game immediately. If not for my near instant defeat, I would’ve commented on that game. Anyway, this game was interesting to me, because it exemplifies the importance of shape. There are no complicated fights or difficult semeais. Rather, this game was decided by a few shape mistakes.”

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.