American Go E-Journal

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

Tuesday October 20, 2020


White: Albert Yen
Black: anon 8d
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the October 20, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

This game is from the Fox server, on which Albert Yen as White faces an anonymous 8d opponent. Albert gives this game overview: “Nowadays it’s often discouraging to play online because of the prevalence of bots, but this was a clean and interesting game. Neither side made huge mistakes, but the game was ultimately decided by a slow move in the middle game. This game exemplifies the importance of recognizing when is the proper time to fix bad aji. Because we only get one move per turn in go, we have to find the balance between the most proactive move and one that fixes all our weaknesses.”

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.