Yang Yilun

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Yang Yilun
Yang Yilun, scoring life-and-death problem submission sheet, at Cotsen Go Tournament in 2009
PinyinYáng Yĭlún
BornMay 10, 1951
Shanghai, China
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
Rank7 dan

Yang Yilun (Chinese: 杨以伦; pinyin: Yáng Yĭlún; born May 10, 1951), also spelled Yang Yi-lun, is a 7 dan professional Go player, teacher, and author, with special expertise in the formulation of "tsume-go" (life-and-death) problems. For many years he has served as the professional Go player of the Cotsen Go Tournament, the largest annual Go tournament in southern California.[1]

His books include: Yilun Yang's Go Puzzles: Volume1: Life and Death by the Numbers (2001), Yilun Yang's Go Puzzles: Volume2: Life and Death in Chinese Characters, Fundamental Principles of Go (2004), Yang Yilun's Ingenious Life and Death Puzzles, by James Dee and Yang Yilun (1996 or 1997), Tricks in Joseki (2001), Whole Board Thinking in Joseki, Volume 1: 3-4 point, low kakari, by Yi-Lun Yang and Phil Straus (1995), and Whole Board Thinking in Joseki, Volume Two: 3-4 point, high kakari & far kakaris, by Phil Straus and Yi-Lun Yang (1997).[2]

He became a professional in 1966, at the age of 14.[3] He began teaching in the United States in 1986, and is the chief instructor of the American Go Institute in Los Angeles, California. He has taught hundreds of students from Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States.[3]

His co-author Philip Straus wrote: "Mr. Yang has a comprehensive understanding of the meaning of josekis. More importantly, he has developed a method to transfer that understanding to amateur players who grope about in a fog of confusion when trying to puzzle out even the simplest joseki."[3]

He has created hundreds of life-and-death problems. He also has translated multiple Go books from Japanese into Chinese.[3]

He enjoys "sports and cooking Chinese food."[3]


  1. ^ Documentation of his 2009 position as the professional player is here.
  2. ^ Amazon author search on Yilun Yang
  3. ^ a b c d e Yi-Lun Yan with Phil Straus (1996), "Whole Board Thinking in Joseki, Volume one--3-4 point, low kakari", About the Authors, Fourth Line Press

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