Description of 1995 Annual Meeting of CJA
An excerpt from the article "The '95 US Open and Annual Meeting"
By Tom Dorsch, CJA Secretary/Treasurer
- The various committee meetings and workshops hummed and purred with
their usual fine-tuning of USCF governance.
- CJA (and Chess Life)
- The Chess Journalists of America installed new officers, Ira Lee
Riddle stepping aside after years of dedicated service, replaced by
Jim Eade. Sylvester Robes is vice-president, Tom Dorsch relieves Tim
Just as secretary-treasurer, and Hellen Warren remains as editor.
The foremost topic for discussion in the CJA workshops was whether
Chess Life is censored or politicized. These concerns arose
because of the wording and timing of coverage of the FIDE proceedings.
Al Lawrence assured the CJA meeting that he did not censor the magazine,
only reviewed certain issues, and that the timing of the FIDE coverage,
appearing as it did days before the ballots went out, was coincidental.
These assurances were repeated by editor Glenn Petersen.
- It was pointed out that Chess Life is the only major chess
magazine in the world that did not publish a report on what happened
at the meeting. And when Chess Life did finally publish an
account of the events, it was an account of the meeting that largely
ignored the version of events reported by our FIDE team.
- Al Lawrence explained that the Chess Life editor, Glenn Petersen,
has complete independence. He exercised restraint in his FIDE coverage
because he knew that there was a split on the Policy Board as to our
FIDE policy, and he was waiting for direction from the PB.