2022 CJA Awards: Call for Entries

The Chess Journalists of America once again sends out a call for nominations for the annual Chess Journalists of America (CJA) awards. The CJA awards recognize the best in all facets of chess journalism, both print and online. The best chess articles, columns, photojournalism, layout, and online writing are honored within their respective categories. Recognized […]

Professional Development #1 – House Style

Professional Development #1 Much thanks to John Hartmann for hosting the first Professional Development meeting.  He led a discussion on house style, specifically, but not limited to that of USChess.  The zoom meeting will be available on US Chess sometime in the future.  I will put the link in the comments once it is up. […]

CJA Professional Development

On February 23rd at 8 PM Central time, all members are invited to the first in a series of lectures/discussions in CJA Professional Development Series developed by John Hartmann.  Hartmann will be speaking on the importance of house style. The zoom link is: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89902147830?pwd=MThpc3duQ1QwNXdQaFdhVitKVXZoQT09 Meeting ID: 899 0214 7830 Passcode: 297695 One […]

2022 Awards Season

Hello, Award season for the Chess Journalists of America will begin over the next few weeks.  The first task is for I, as coordinating judge, to determine the categories.  The list from last year is below and a few suggested changes and one question is noted below that.  Anyone is welcome to email me at […]

Questions and Answers for 2021 Awards

Hope everyone is well and getting ready to enjoy tomorrow’s Super Bowl. The Super Bowl and most sports have extremely easy to understand scoring systems. This is not always the case with other activities. This week two questions came up about scoring the awards and I thought since we are approaching a new award season, […]

Humor in Chess III

Dewain Barber, former owner of American Chess Equipment and long-time advocate for scholastic chess, came up with the idea of collecting humorous stories about chess and publishing them. He asked Ralph Bowman to help with the project. After three years they came out with Humor In Chess, which is available on Amazon in paperback ($14.95), […]

Myron Lieberman Passes, 1941 – 2021

It is with great sadness that I post that Myron Lieberman passed away on Christmas eve.  I had the pleasure of working with them both on the CJA Awards for many years.  They always did a thorough job and I did not have to send them reminders that I needed the scores sent into me. […]

Humor In Chess II

Humor In Chess II by Dewain Barber and Ralph E. Bowman is a collection of funny chess anecdotes recently published.  The book is the second in the series.  The first in the series was the 2020 Chess Journalists Award Winner in the category of Self-Published Book.  The first book is available at Humor In Chess (Chess […]

Continuing Education

CJA Continuing Education Series Announced By John Hartmann |  November 8, 2021 The Chess Journalists of America, in conjunction with US Chess, will be inaugurating a series of webinars for chess writers, editors, and designers, to help grow knowledge of best practices among its members. This series is led by 2021 Chess Journalist of the Year John Hartmann, current editor […]

Thanks to all for your help with Awards 2021!

I want to thank all of you for your many entries, and the effort put into making them so we could link them for the judges. I want to thank most of you for your judgining, giving of your time and wisdom. I would also like to thank those who have helped me this past […]