A writer from California (USA) stated, "I read the complete article and there are a 101 other things he could used to help explain "teamwork" in chess." What Short may not realize is that the entire issue of slavery is still a burning issue around the world. In America, where the slavery has been "officially banned" for only 138 years, it remains a blot on the nation's social consciousness and the debate on slavery reparations is raging. The issue here is the condemning the mindset with which people glibly toss around subjects highlighting human pain and suffering.
One chess player from the Caribbean wrote in a gloomy tone, "I was quite disappointed to read what GM Short has allegedly written. It seems that he is the one who is more than "myopic". I met him in Bled and had a good chat with him in the press centre where he also doubled as a journalist." One writer from Texas (USA) summed the issue this way, "Nigel's story is the kind of reminder that lets us know that there will always be people who think like he does. And if we are not vigilant, the actions of such people will cause us great harm."
A writer in Ohio (USA) stated that "given Short's prodigious childhood and current world class status, coupled with the prudence of Britain, I wonder if he's even capable of seeing the world as you or I." Another writer from Nigeria had a slightly different view and thought the comments were "more or less, tongue in cheek." An irate writer from New York quoted 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and then provided a solution for Short's pursuit of the "higher things in life" (as Short calls them):
"Mr. Short the stoic reply is simple. If your love of monumental architecture and philosophy is so great, then do it yourself! If you want food and can't get it, then fast; if you want a clean house and you are passed the age of infancy, then clean it yourself. Millions have managed to do so and still have time for the arts… and if your grass is over-grown and you don't want to cut it, let it grow. This reply is simple on the surface but it doesn't cut to the history and malice in Short's words. There is history here. And it is this history that we must speak to in whatever arena it peeks its ugly head."