American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on an Online Pro Game

Tuesday October 27, 2020


At first glance you might think this game is between weak amateurs, who often start a very early fight that encompasses the entire game until a big group dies. But Albert’s commentary enlightens readers about this highly entertaining game: “This game was taken from an online game between Nakamura Sumire and Ikemoto Ryota, who are both Japanese 1p. The game caught my attention, because the first corner features a complicated variation of the komoku one space high pincer that decides the game. Because I have have discussed the komoku one space high pincer at length before, I want to break down what happened in the first corner of this game. The game variation is one of the most complex joseki in modern go, perhaps only second to the Mi Yuting 3-3 joseki.”

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 BS/MD program in Chicago. Outside of go, Albert enjoys running and ping pong.