Thank you for your interest in Hot Off The Chess — welcome! The website launched in January 2016, (indeed, a bit of a newbie compared to others), occupying its little corner of the web, here at

Home Of John Lee Shaw on Chess


Hot Off The Chess (or my pet-name for it, ‘HOTCH’) is founded and edited by me, John Lee Shaw. I love everything chess! Playing and following this great game has been a passion of mine for over a quarter of a century. As you will notice in my writing, I enjoy deep analysis of games. What really excites me about our wonderful game, is the psychology of the battle of minds and human competition. You won’t find much computer analysis here — I’m hoping that you will find that a good thing!

I started HOTCH as a longterm project, FREE for all, forever. A chess website, by a chess lover, for chess lovers. I hope to build it up into something that you, dear reader, will find reliable and rewarding. It is my wish to provide as much coverage and original features as I can. Along with chess news, there will be classic games and other material that I hope you will find interesting.