American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Yuan Zhou Commentary on a Chinese Tianyuan Semi-final Game

Tuesday June 1, 2021

Commentary: Yuan Zhou
Game Editors: William Cobb & Gordon Fraser
Published in the June 1, 2021 edition of the American Go Journal

This commentary on a game between two top Chinese pros by Yuan Zhou, a popular go teacher and author of many go books (available on Amazon and as e-books from SmartGo, including several on the impact of AI on current pro play). His unusually thorough commentaries make pro games clear and understandable to players of all levels. Zhou is based in Germantown, Md. His web site is at

This was a semi-final game in the Chinese Tianyuan tournament, which is the oldest tournament in China, now in its thirty-fifth year. Ke Jie 9p is Black. He is considered number one in the world and currently holds several Chinese titles, although he has never won this title. White is Li Qincheng 9p, who is not as well known but has won an international title. The game was played on March 23, 2021. Under Chinese rules, the komi is seven and a half points. The players have two hours basic time.


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