Posted on September 14, 2017 by Wesley Surber.

Looking ahead…

Greetings, Campers!

Campfire Chess will be 4 years old in a few months and it has certainly gone through many changes in that time. From the website’s basic design to the brief run of Campfire Chess Magazine, the project has been a great way for me to explore my creative passions while promoting chess. Some of my regular readers might have noticed a significant drop in regular posts over the last couple of months and might have wondered if the site was reaching the end of its life.

While the thought itself is not unreasonable, I currently have no plans to terminate Campfire Chess. Instead, some major life changes in the past few months have led to deep introspection and a decision to change the website’s future direction…at least for now.

The Why

In short, I am very sick and my illness has taken a significant amount of time away from my chess playing and my writing. I have struggled to maintain the balance between life, family, chess and posting quality creative material here on the blog. Without going into too much detail, my recovery will require devoting much of my time to other tasks, which leaves less time for in-depth chess analysis or reporting. Campfire Chess is nowhere near finished, but its format and focus is about to change slightly.

New Media Formats

Although several projects have taken away focus from the blog in the past such as Campfire Chess Magazine, the blog will continue to remain one of the central points of this project. However, because writing is the element currently being affected the most by my illness, I am transitioning into some new media formats to augment the information I post here. Here is a breakdown of what to expect:

  • Twitch: I have recently started broadcasting games on Twitch for those who are interested in watching streaming games and interactive content!
  • YouTube: The new YouTube channel is designed for sharing clips of Twitch broadcast moments, game analysis, and other exclusive content. It is my belief that the YouTube channel will become one of the predominant methods of content creation and sharing outside of our current Facebook and Instagram pages.

Final Thoughts

Thank you to everyone that continues to support me and to support Campfire Chess as I embark on a new journey!

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Wesley Surber.

Realigning My Social Media Presence

I am working on a separate entry that will address the recent lack of updates here on the blog, but for now I thought I would take a moment to speak about upcoming realignments to the Campfire Chess social media presence. After careful thought and much soul-searching, I have decided to cease updating the Campfire Chess Twitter account. The platform itself has become incredibly toxic, which leads me to believe that it is in the best interest of this site to part ways with it. I will not close the account itself, but there will be no updates or posts on the account in the foreseeable future.

In addition, the Tumblr account will be closed this weekend because I simply do not use it. The remaining social media accounts will remain active for now.

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Wesley Surber.

Campfire Chess Game of the Week

Looking for something different? Things have been quiet here on the Campfire Chess blog lately, but head over to our brand new YouTube channel to watch our new content! I hope to add new game recaps weekly and other exclusive video content as I am able.