I hesitated to write this because life situations can change so dramatically in such a short amount of time, but I feel that it is necessary before going into the holiday season. Campfire Chess started in 2014 as “Off My Chess” and was mainly a side-project to document my love of chess and efforts to get better.
Since its inception, Campfire Chess has published a quarterly magazine, game reviews, product reviews, original PGN content, and much more. There are hundreds of posts in the archives spanning the past few years and I was even blessed to stream games and commentary live on Twitch. Earlier this year, Campfire Chess also started its YouTube channel to produce and distribute original video content. Without a doubt, 2017 has been among the most challenging and rewarding times for the site. On average, CampfireChess.com sees as many visitors as a strip mall comic book store, which is fine with me!
Before you start to wonder if this is “goodbye”, I want to assure you that it is not. However, I have decided to take a hiatus from writing about chess to focus on some other things in my life that I consider more important. In the interest of transparency, I can say that my home life has suffered over the past few years due to a serious illness I have carried. One day I hope to write more about that illness and the struggles that come with it, but for now, rest assured that my days of playing chess are far from over. Chess was originally one of the ways for me to manage that illness, but things became so bad in 2017 that it might have caused more damage than it helped.
However, I plan to continue playing chess on lichess.org and other places. I might even stream or publish new video content, but I will not be updating CampfireChess.com until sometime next year. That way I can refocus some of my energy toward healing myself and working to improve the quality of my family life.
That being said, please let me say “Thank You” to the chess community for the unbelievable support I enjoy for Campfire Chess. Since its inception, this site enabled me to correspond with many of my chess idols including some of the world’s top players along with the most creative and beautiful minds in the game. Those relationships have enriched my life in ways I never imagined possible and I look forward to building more of them when my break is concluded.
To be fair to me and to my family, I will not be putting a timeline on my hiatus. However, I assure you that the Campfire Chess Facebook Page along with the Instagram Page will continue to be updated regularly. If you are on social media, please consider following those pages as they have morphed over time into the primary means of communication for the blog.
Thank you for the support these past three and a half years. I look forward to many years of enjoying the royal game and its wonderful community in the future.