American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou on the 21st Nongshim Cup

Tuesday April 21, 2020


White: Yang Dingxin 9d
Black: Shin Jinseo 9d
Commentary: Yuan Zhou 7d
Game editors: Bill Cobb, Myron Souris
Published in the April 21, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

In this 8th round game from the recent Nongshim Cup, Yuan Zhou guides the reader through a complicated game with players of highly contrasting styles. Yuan Zhou gives this summary of the event and the players, “The three major go countries agree each year to send their best five players to this event, which is a win and continue match played one game at a time. In this 21st running of the event, Yang Dingxin 9p of China had won six games in a row, eliminating three of both the Korean and the Japanese teams, when he was paired against the young Shin Jinseo 9p, the number two player from Korea. The players have different styles. Shin Jinseo is a serious, aggressive fighter. Yang Dingxin plays a very thick game. He’s like a tank – very strong and powerful, but slow moving.”

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 . This commentary is typical for Zhou, who has published several books, including such thorough commentaries of pro games at Slate & Shell (