American Go E-Journal

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

Tuesday September 22, 2020

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White: anon 6d
Black: Albert Yen
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the September 22, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this online game Albert Yen plays against a Pandanet 6 dan. The overall fighting isn’t very complicated, but Albert says, “the two local battles have many underlying variations that both players had to consider.”

For players who now review using computer analysis, Albert describes a goal for this commentary: “I will put an emphasis on how to best interpret AI win rate. Often times both players’ win rate drop in consecutive moves during local fights, but that doesn’t mean the exchanges are necessarily bad. It simply shows that there’s an urgent move on the board that both sides are missing, so the moves may be correct locally but bad globally.”

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.