American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on The Tenuki Strategy

Tuesday March 31, 2020


Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the March 31, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this commentary, Albert describes numerous concrete examples of how stronger players choose where to play in tactical situations. More importantly, these methods are practical for weaker players to use for immediate benefit.

Albert gives this overiew, “I believe that most high dan players don’t really think faster than weaker players. Instead, we just have more efficient search algorithms. From personal experience, we only seriously consider 3-5 choices before ultimately deciding where to play, so having a better selection of 3-5 moves is key to improving our play.”

Albert goes on to say, “I am sharing a general strategy to find vital points in tsumego and semeai problems. I tried to explain that strategy in my local go club and most people seemed confused, so I am going to flush out the full approach here. I suspect that most strong players already do something similar, but not everyone is aware of it. Obviously, this method doesn’t work every time, but is applicable to many situations. If you cannot see the answer to a problem within 10 seconds, I recommend that you try the tenuki strategy to eliminate possibilities, which is what I do personally.”

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.