Continuing right along with the list of Go players creating content for Youtube is a fellow that goes by the name of Longstride. He's relatively new to the scene with videos only dating back two weeks, however he has uploaded an impressive amount in that time. So much so that I've seen his name pop up more than once in conversation and, upon checking out his work, knew he was someone who begged the question: Do you know Longstride? Luckily for me I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions and find out more about him.

Q: How long have you been playing go?

A: Technically, I played my first ever game of go in July of 2010, but both my opponent and I knew literally none of the rules whatsoever. We were just sprinkling stones on the goban not understanding at all the purpose of the game. My opponent was the first to figure out in that game how to capture stones, and by the time I caught on it was too late! Now that same opponent (who never played another game after that first one) likes to brag that he once slew a dan-level go player.

Q: What is your rank today?

A: As of today, i'm 5 dan AGA and 3 dan KGS.

Dwyrin:  Now that is something I found fascinating! With only four years of experience, he has managed to do something players with decades of experience struggle, and sometimes never manage to do. That might also make him the youngest (in terms of experience thus far) Go player on Youtube! Well, unless a young Korean kid pops on the scene and begins making videos. I wonder if we would all lose our subscribers if that happened...

Q: It's quite interesting to hear how people first discover the game, how did you?

A: Starcraft: Brood War was a big part of my childhood, and one of my friends from that game introduced me to go (not sure how it was introduced to him). I'd heard of it before since I played chess growing up and am generally a fan of board games (well, games in general to be honest), but I couldn't say that I discovered it until that friend introduced me to it.

Dwyrin: That's a great attitude to have! Definitely one I hope he keeps. Sooner or later you encounter other content creators if you yourself are one, and one thing you learn is that those who stress about what the audience wants have the hardest time. As long as your video creation makes you happy, you're probably on the right path.

Q: Deciding to throw yourself onto the internet is quite the big decision. What made you decide to start uploading videos to Youtube?

A: I record my games partly because I want to go back and watch them later. I talk through my thought process during the game, so if I make a mistake, later on I can watch the game and learn exactly what I was thinking when I made the mistake. I hope this will help me to fix my wrong ideas...

...Also, I feel that I've finally reached a level in go where I have *some* certainty about *some* strategy-related elements of the game, and I hope I can pass these on to anyone else who finds the time to watch my videos. In the same vein, I'd like to start teaching a lot more, so I hope that uploading my games will help to get me some exposure in that regard.
Finally, I'm trying to make a lifestyle shift from consumer to producer in general - for examples, I don't grow my food, I buy it at the store; I didn't build my house, I rent it from someone else; I didn't manufacture my own car, I bought it from someone else. It's a bit philosophical but I'm starting to find that when I produce something myself (even if it's as simple as cooking a meal instead of buying it), the experience is much more satisfying. Producing these go videos instead of just watching them all the time so far has been satisfying as well.

Q: What has your instruction been like? Are you self taught or have you had teachers, professionals, instructing you in Go?

A: A friend of mine (rjm on KGS / tokinonagare27 on YouTube, the Shusaku review videos guy) was my teacher from 20kyu until 1kyu. He spent a lot of time with me, reviewing my games with me and pointing out areas I could improve. I nearly made it to 1 dan on KGS in just a year thanks to his help.
After that first year I didn't really study go much, and my progress stagnated until the beginning of this year when I "caught the bug" again and joined Hwang In-Seong's Yunguseng Dojang. This is a bit expensive, running about $100 per month, but I think it's the best go instruction available today in English.

Q: What server do you prefer to play on and why?

A: I grew up on KGS, so that's where I feel at home, but as my rank has increased it's become increasingly difficult to find even, non-blitz games there. I'm currently experimenting with Tygem and Wbaduk - I do really like that when I win a game on Tygem, I get a round of applause / victory cheer - I'm of the opinion that this happens far too rarely on other servers / over the board.

Dwyrin: I know exactly what you mean! I've been falling in love with baduktv's server for just those reasons. It greets you warmly when you sign on, gives you applause when you win, and even bids you goodbye when you sign off. It's such a friendly server! Those are so much fun to play on regardless of the rating system.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention about yourself?

A: I'll do some shout-outs / call-outs if you don't mind...


AJ - thanks for introducing me to go! chishmet mestei afthau meshonaut.
rjm - thanks for teaching me to love this amazing game!
All the Twin Cities go club players - Aaron & John for doing so much organizationg/administrative stuff, Moon for thrashing me repeatedly, Peter for having great hair, Josh for showing me that it's possible to beat someone 5 times in a row and then lose to that same person 5 times in a row..., Tim for teaching me that it's customary to open in the upper right corner with black, George for being tall so that I wasn't the only one, and all the rest who make the Twin Cities a great place to be a go player!
All the Seattle go players for welcoming me to my new home!
Dwyrin - thanks for giving me this opportunity to voice myself, and thanks for all the rest that you've done for the online go community. I really appreciate it!
Lily - <3

Final Thoughts

As you can see Longstride certainly had a lot of say! In my opinion he seems like a friendly guy and it's always nice to meet another 5Dan. He was a little bit nervous as to how he was going to appear in this article which, I believe, is why he requested this Q&A style post. So if you decide to check him out, be sure tell him what a great job he's doing and feel free to ask questions! He definitely doesn't appear to be the kind of guy who is shy about answering questions!

Make sure to check him out for more content.