American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on a City League Match

Tuesday December 29, 2020


White: Albert Yen 8d
Black: Brady Zhang 7d
Commentary: Albert Yen
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the December 29, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this game from round 1 of the 2020-2021 City League A match between Chicago and Vancouver, Albert Yen gives a detailed guided tour through the extensive middle game fighting.

Albert give this overview of his opponent and the fighting: “My disappointing result in this game demonstrates that ultimately games are decided by reading. I had a near perfect opening, but the 3-4 point advantage was quickly erased (and overwhelmed) by misreadings in the first fight. I’ve played Brady in the Redmond Cup back in 2017, so I know he is a very strong player. He typically doesn’t dwell too much on the opening, but is very strong in local fighting and reading. In both of our games I fell to his powerful midgame.”

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.