2006 Chess Journalists of America /
Fred Cramer Awards Committee for Excellence in Chess Journalism

Joint Announcement

The following list of prize winners in this year's CJA Awards program was provided by Pete Tamburro, Chief Judge of CJA and Chairman of the Awards Committee.

Original CJA Awards Program Announcement
Internet Entries Received

CJA Judging Results for June 1, 2005 through May 31, 2006
Pete Tamburro, Chief Judge

Cramer Award Categories

Category 1
Chess Journalist of the Year
  (by CJA vote)
  Peter Tamburro

Category 2
Gallery of Distinguished Chess Journalists

Normally only three journalists are selected each year, but the top four so clearly separated from the field that this year four were selected.

The following four chess journalists were voting into the Gallery of Distinguished Chess Journalists this year (in no particular order):

  • Irving Chernev
  • George Koltanowski
  • Glenn Petersen
  • Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek

Category 3
Best Book
1st Soltis: Why Lasker Matters
HM Cary Utterberg: De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834

Category 4
Best Chess Column, Any Media
1st Soltis: Chess to Enjoy, Chess Life

Category 5
Best State Magazine/Editor, Open Division
1st Chess Horizons (Ed. Mark C. Donlon)

Magazine Editor Categories

Category 6
Best State Magazine, Under 1000 Circulation
1st Georgia Chess (Editor: Mark N. Taylor, Senior Editor: David Woolf)
HM NW Chess (Ed. Fred Kleist)

Category 7
Best Club Bulletin

1st En Passant, Journal of the Pittsburgh Chess Club (Ed. Bill Hoppman)

Category 8
Best Correspondence Chess Magazine
1st The Chess Correspondent, Joseph Ganem, Editor

Category 9
Best New Magazine
  (no entries)

Category 10
Most Improved Magazine
1st MidKnight Kibitzer (Ed. Lola Nunn)

Category 11
Best Cover
1st Georgia Chess, March/April, 2006

Category 12
Best Layout
1st Chess Life, April 2006
HM Georgia Chess Mar/Apr 2006

Magazine Author Categories

Category 13
Best Regular Magazine Column
1st Andrew Soltis, Chess to Enjoy, Chess Life

Category 14
Best Magazine Tournament Report
1st Maurice Ashley, Jerry Hanken, The HB Global Chess Challenge, Chess Life, August 2005
HM Macauley Peterson, Adams v. The Many Headed Hyrdra, Chess Life, September 2005

Newspaper Author Categories

Category 15
Best Regular Newspaper Column (tie)
1st Lubomir Kavalek, The Washington Post
1st David Sands, The Washington Times

Category 16
Best Regular Newspaper Column of Local Interest

1st Bill Cornwall: "Chess: A Knight's Tour", Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Category 17
Best Newspaper Tournament Report
1st David R. Sands: The Washington Times

Web-Based Categories

Category 18
Best State Website
1st http://www.georgiachess.org Bill Noyes, Webmaster
HM http://masschess.org/

Category 19
Best Internet Chess News Site
  (no entries)

Category 20
Best General Chess Web Site
  (no entries)

Category 21
Best Web-Based Review
1st "Half a Bitch is Better Than None" by Neil R. Brennen http://correspondencechess.com/campbell/articles/a060214.htm

Category 22
Best Web-Based Analysis
1st "When is a King Safe?" by NM Dan Heisman http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman56.pdf
1st "Game of The Month" for February 2006 by A.J. Goldsby http://www.geocities.com/thegotmman/gotm_feb-06.html

Category 23
Best Web-Based Instruction
1st "The Theory of Chess Improvement" by NM Dan Heisman http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman54.pdf
HM "Initial and Final Candidate Moves" by NM Dan Heisman http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman59.pdf

Category 24
Best Correspondence Chess Website
1st The Campbell Report, J. Franklin Campbell, Webmaster. http://correspondencechess.com/campbell/

Category 25
Best Web-Based Interview
  (no entries)

General Author/Artist Categories

Category 26
Best Press Release
  (no entries)

Category 27
Best Human Interest Story
1st John Donaldson, “Grandmaster Igor Ivanov”, Chess Horizons, January-March 2006

Category 28
Best Historical Article
1st Olimpiu G. Urcan: "The Mysterious Chess Life of Rudolph L. Sze" http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles277.pdf
HM Neil R. Brennen: "'The Queen of Chess': The Correspondence Chess of Ellen Gilbert" http://correspondencechess.com/campbell/articles/a051107.htm

Category 29
Best Interview
1st Howard Goldowsky, “A conversation with Greg Shahade…”, Chess Life, November 2005

Category 30
Best Editorial
1st Matt Traynor, "It's not the Legality that matters it's the Value" http://www.chessreporter.com/Ilyumzhinov100105.htm
HM Matt Traynor, "The case for Kramnik vs. Topalov" http://www.chessreporter.com/case_for_kramnik_vs_topalov.htm

Category 31
Best Review
1st Tim Redman, "The Imagery of Chess Revisited", Chess Life April 2006
HM Peter Tamburro, "The Day Kasparov Quit and Other Chess Interviews", Chess Life, May 2006

Category 32
Best Analysis
(very close vote between 1st and HM)
1st Peter Tamburro, "Attacking Strategies in the Ruy Lopez", Chess Life, February 2006
HM Alexandra Kosteniuk, "Kosteniuk in Samara", Chess Horizons, January - March 2006

Category 33
Best Instruction
1st "The Trojan Horse Draw Offer" and "The Sense of Danger", both by Jon Jacobs!, Chess Life, July 2005 and October and December 2005

Category 34
Best Humorous Contribution
1st Bob Basalla, “Losing Advantages”, House of Chess Newsletter, March 2006

Category 35
Best Cartoon
1st Alejandro Yegas, School Mates, Oct 05; Bill Lange (R.I.P.), “Pawn Chain Gang”, Oklahoma Chess Quarterly, January 2006 Winter edition

Category 36
Best Chess Art
1st Chess in the Spotlight, Nathaniel Lagemann

Category 37
Best Chess Photograph
1st Macauley Peterson, Chess Life (Kamsky photo), April 2006, p. 20
HM Tony Cortizas, Chess Horizons (Patrick Sciacca photo), January-March 2006
HM Lola Nunn, MidKnight Kibitzer (Sun Sets on 3rd Round)
HM Lola Nunn, MidKnight Kibitzer (Time Stands Still for Jared), Volume 1, Issue 2

Category 38
Best General Chess Article
1st The Trojan Horse Draw Offer, Jon Jacobs, Chess Life, July 2005
HM Looking Back at the 2005 US Junior, Jonathan Hilton, Chess Life, March 2006

Category 39
Best piece with a chess related theme to appear in a non-chess or mainstream publication
1st The Grandmaster Experiment, Carlin Flora, Psychology Today http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/index.php?term=pto-20050614-000002.xml&print=1
HM "I'm not Bobby Fischer" (Salon.com) by David Kushner http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/03/11/chess/index_np.html
HM "Checkmate on the Prairie" (National Geographic) by Chris Carroll http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0605/feature6/
HM "Planet Kirsan" (The New Yorker) by Michael Specter http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060424fa_fact4
HM "Pawn's Shop" (Philadelphia Weekly) by Liz Spikol http://philadelphiaweekly.com/view.php?id=10788&highlight=Shahade

Updated: 15-September-2006