American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on Tournament Preparation

Tuesday July 28, 2020


White: anon 2d
Black: anon 2d
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the July 28, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

With the long-awaited e-Congress kicking off, Albert devotes this commentary to tournament preparation. Albert gives this overview of the practical playing techniques that appear throughout:

“I won’t go into as much detail about specific moves or give “textbook” answers generated by Leela. But rather I will focus on the players’ thinking process. Having a consistent trend of thought is vital to winning the game. Even if we don’t have the skill to play 9P-level moves, we should still play confidently. In this review I will refrain from showing very advanced variations and just think from the perspective of a 2 dan. There are ways to reason out why some moves are better without doing deep reading.”

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.