Open Letter on The Future of HOTCH

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Hi there!

You may have noticed that Hot Off The Chess has been rather quiet this passed few months. For this I would like to apologise.

Unfortunately, as the 2018 Tata Steel Chess Tournament drew to a close, I began to feel unwell and this culminated with a heart attack on February 1st.

Though this is of course a very serious event, please rest assured that I am recovering well (thanks to the amazing emergency and medical care that I received) and that my long-term prognosis is very encouraging. All things considered, I actually got off rather lightly (lighter than I deserved if I am honest) and all concerned are seeing this very much as a wake-up-call rather than a sign of impending doom.

It goes without saying, that it is somewhat life-changing, but I will not bore you with those details. The purpose of this letter is to assure you that Hot Off The Chess is not going anywhere.

I often describe Chess as my ‘love-hate relationship’ but trust me, it is at least 90% love. This website and its readers also mean a lot to me and to let any of it go would be like chopping an arm off. I hope that you will understand, however, that while I wish it was my profession and that I could follow and write about Chess all day, it is a hobby. As such, there are times when it must give way to other priorities. This is especially true now.

As of May 1st, I will be picking up the activity again and hopefully there will be no further breaks in service. I also hope that you will be joining me once again as we take a look at what is going on in the Chess world.

As always, my sincere thanks for your support and understanding.

Very Best Wishes,

John Lee Shaw

I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to Tarjei Svensen, Maria Emelianova and Peter Doggers. The package that I received from you after getting out of hospital was a huge pick-me-up and meant a great deal!

About John Lee Shaw 209 Articles
I love everything chess! I don't pretend to be an expert, I'm more a knowledgeable enthusiast who enjoys following the chess world and giving his two-penneth. I use engines sparingly in analysis and prefer to approach the game from the human angle. The battle of minds, power and pitfalls of the ego and the psychology of competition never fails to fascinate and thrill me! :-) I am also a contributor at

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