American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on USA vs China

Tuesday June 9, 2020


White: Albert Yen 7d (USA)
Black: Wei Xiaolin 7d (China)
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the June 9, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

As an encore for his incredible round 1 game commentary of the US-China Internet Go Tournament, Albert gives us a similarly thrilling commentary of his round 2 game. After taking an early solid lead, Albert maintains an uncompromising approach all the way to the razor thin result at the end of the game.

Albert gives this background for the game: “My opponent is Wei Xiaolin, who is a Chinese 7 dan. Unlike in America, Chinese amateur 7 dan can only be obtained by winning a national amateur tournament, so most Chinese 7 dans have pro-level strength. In fact, Wei was even eligible to become a pro due to his outstanding performance as an amateur player (though he opted to maintain his amateur status).

As a funny side note, I actually met Wei at the 2018 World Student Pair Go Championship in Tokyo. We didn’t talk at the time but I witnessed his pair lose on time, because he “couldn’t see the clock and thought they still had time” (I almost laughed out loud). Thus, while I knew Wei is the heavy favorite in this game I thought I would still have a chance.

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.