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Prize List for 2017 CJA Awards

 

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman and Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2017 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 4 August 2017.

TOP FOUR:
   Chess Journalist of the Year -- Winner: Vanessa West   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Pete Tamburro)   
   Best Story of the Year -- Winner: Chess Life Turns 70! by Al Lawrence - September 2016 Chess Life, p. 20. Submitted by US Chess   
                              (Honorable Mention -- GM Timur Gareyev Sets Blindfold Chess World Record by Jay Stallings and Jennifer Vallens - March 2017 Chess Life, p. 38. Submitted by Jennifer Vallens)   
   Best Chess Column -- Winner: Chess to Enjoy by GM Andy Soltis - June 2016 and August 2016 Chess Life p. 16  
                              (Honorable Mention -- The Practical Endgame by GM Daniel Naroditsky - July 2016 and October 2016 Chess Life p. 46/48)   
   Best State Magazine -- Winner: Northwest Chess edited by Jeffrey Roland - June 2016 to May 2017  

BEST BOOK:
   Best Book - Instructional (paper copy)-- Winner (tie): Maneuvering: The Art of Piece Play by Mark Dvoretsky - Russell Enterprises   

   Best Book - Instructional (paper copy)-- Winner (tie): Chess for Hawks by IM Cyrus Lakdawala - New in Chess   
   Best Book - Other (paper copy)-- Winner: H.E. Bird: A Chess Biography with 1,198 Games by Hans Renette - McFarland   
                              (Honorable Mention -- W. H. K. Pollock: A Chess Biography with 523 Games by Olimpiu G. Urcan and John S. Hilbert - McFarland)   

VISUAL ARTS:
   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout -- Winner: American Chess Magazine, Spring 2017, edited by Josip Asik, Submitted by American Chess Magazine    
   Best Chess Photojournalism -- Winner: David Llada: A Common Thread, Chess Life, October 2016, pp. 28, photos by David Llada, Submitted by US Chess   

                              (Honorable Mention -- The Shaman Sees Checkmate: Teaching Chess in the Amazon, USChess.org, May 2017, photos by Vincent Roazzi Jr., Submitted by USChess.org)   
   Best Single Photo -- Winner: Karjakin Set to Challenge Carlsen, June 2016 Chess Life p. 20 - by David Llada, submitted by US Chess   
   Best Chess Art -- Winner: Chess Life Turns 70!, Chess Life, Cover, September 2016, by Scott Raymond, submitted by US Chess   

NEWSPAPER MEDIA:
   Best Regular Newspaper Column -- Winner: Chess Column: Thoughts from the champ on chess, intuition, and fashion and Hans Berliner, the D.C. boy who conquered the postal chess world 
     (September 27, 2016 and February 22, 2016) by David Sands, Washington Times   
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest -- Winner: "Chess: A Knight's Tour" (April 28, 2017) by Bill Cornwall, The Los Angeles Times   

The following categories are open to journalist and publications in print.


NEWS or FEATURES, PRINT:
   Best Tournament Report - National/International -- Winner: A Golden Age Returns by FM Mike Klein, January 17, 2017 in Chess Life p. 22   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Olympiad by GM Sam Shankland, et al, American Chess Magazine, Fall-Winter/2016 -2017, p. 9-64) 
   Best Tournament Report - State/Local -- Winner: IM's Nagle and Brooks Win 62nd Iowa Open by Mark Capron, Sean Nagle and Joseph Wan, October 1, 2017, submitted by the Iowa State Chess Association    
   Best Features Article -- Winner: A Complicated Man by GM Yasser Sierawan - October 2016 US Chess, p. 36  
   Best Instructive Lesson - Print -- Winner: Queen Endings Demystified by GM Alex Fishbein, American Chess Magazine, Spring 2017    
                              (Honorable Mention -- How to Lose to a 1400 by FM Jon Jacobs, Chess Life, August 2016, p. 40)  
   Best Analysis -- Winner: Top Three US Games by GM Ivan Sokolov - American Chess Monthly, Spring 2017 American Chess Magazine, p. 14-25   
   Best Historical Article -- Winner: John W. Griggs, when Chess Touched Politics by John Hilbert - Annual NJ Chess  
                              (Honorable Mention -- The Murky Origins of Chess by Dr. Gerald M. Levitt - May 2017 Chess Life, p. 40)   
   Best Humorous Contribution -- Winner: How to Lose to a 1400 by FM Jon Jacobs, Chess Life, August 2016, p. 40     
   Best Interview -- Winner: It Ain't Over Till It's Over by Josip Asik - American Chess Magazine, Fall-Winter/2016 -2017, p. 84-89   
   Best Review -- Winner: Dvoretsky Retrospective by John Hartmann - December 2016 Chess Life, p. 14    
                              (Honorable Mention --: Everyman Roundup by John Hartmann - October 2016 Chess Life, p. 12)   
   Best Chess Club Newsletter -- Winner: En Passant by John Barraso - June 2016 to March 2017 Pittsburgh Chess Club  
   Best Single Club Publication -- Winner: David Elliott Memorial Cup Booklet by Eric Johnson - February 2017 Allentown Center City Chess Club   

The following categories are open to journalist and publications found online.


NEWS or FEATURES, ONLINE:
   Best Tournament Report - National/International - Online -- Winner: Carlsen Wins Rapid Playoff, Defends World Championship by FM Mike Klein, November 30 on Chess.com    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Carlsen Beats Nakamura to Win GM Blitz Battle by FM Mike Klein, October 27 on Chess.com) 
                              (Honorable Mention -- A Winner's Tale: GM Chirila on Millionaire Chess 2016 by GM Cristian Chirila, October 16 on USChess.org)   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Kostya's Magical Reykjavik Open: A Recap! by IM Kostya Kavutskiy, May 18 on USChess.org)   
   Best Tournament Report - State/Local - Online -- Winner (tie): Amsterdam Pub Crawl Tournament Marks 25th Anniversary by Peter Doggers, May 17, 2017 on Chess.com    
   Best Tournament Report - State/Local - Online -- Winner (tie): Lucky and Good: Lenderman and Yip Score at the Eastern Open by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, January 1, 2017 on USChess.org   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Reunions and Victories at the Chesapeake Open by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, January 18, 2017 on USChess.org)   
   Best Features Article - Online - Winner: Inventions, Part I - III (Part IPart II, and Part III) by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, June 27-29, 2016 on www.worldchess.com 
   Best Instructive Lesson - Online -- Winner: What is Your Goal in Chess? by Vanessa West, June 16 on USChess.org    Certificate
                              (Honorable Mention -- How to Study Chess by Vanessa West, November 1 on USChess.org)    Certificate
   Best Humorous Contribution Online -- Winner: US Chess Launches Dating App to Bring Like-Minded Couples Together, Promoting the Romance of Chess by Bill Feldman 
      - April 1, 2017 on www.il-chess.org
                              (Honorable Mention -- Pete's Pathetic Chess: The Worst Move Imaginable by Pete Cilento - Feb 22, 2017 on Chess.com)   
   Best Historical Article Online -- Winner: Inventions, Part I-III. (Part IPart IIPart III by Jamaal Abdul-Alim - June 27-29, 2016 on worldchess.com  
                              (Honorable Mention --The Forgotten Wizard: Reshevsky in Tulsa, 1921. by Tom Braulich - May 2017 on www.ocfchess.org)    
   Best Interview Online -- Winner: Ousted Iranian Player: 'My Wardrobe Should Not Be Anyone's Business!'. by Mike Klein - Feb. 28, 2017 on Chess.com   
   Best Review - Online - Winner: Chess Tech University: Philosophy and Game Analysis(Part I and Part II by John Hartmann, March 17 on USChess.org   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Magnus Carlsen on the Simpsons: The Portrayal of Chess in Pop Culture by Vanessa West, March 17, 2017 on USChess.org)   
   Best Article in Mainstream Publication -- Winner: Blindfold Chess King Reveals His Memory Tricks by Gus Lubin - April 6, 2017 
   Best Club Newsletter/Magazine -- Winner: Off da Rook. by Jennifer Vallens - June 1, 2016 

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.


ELECTRONIC MEDIA:
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website -- Winner: Maine Chess Association www.ChessMaine.net, Webmaster: Daniel DeLuca   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Illinois Chess Association. Webmaster: Bill Feldman)  
                              (Honorable Mention -- Iowa State Chess Association. Webmaster: Bethany Carson and Assistant Webmaster: Daniel Carson)   
   Best Electronic State Newsletter -- Winner: Colorado Chess Informant, Editor: Fred Eric Spell   

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2016 CJA Awards Prize List

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2015 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 7 August 2015.

Prize List for 2016 CJA Awards

TOP FOUR:
   Chess Journalist of the Year -- Winner: Al Lawrence, nominated by US Chess     
   Best Story of the Year -- Winner: The Struggle by Pete Karagianis - March 2016 Chess Life, Submitted by Chess Life      
                              (Honorable Mention -- The Square by Nathan Smolensky - Chess Horizons, Holiday 2015)      
   Best Chess Column -- Winner: Cracked Grandmaster Tales / Why Do Grandmasters Blunder? by IM Jeremy Silman - Chess.com    
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter -- Winner: Northwest Chess, editor: Jeffrey Roland, Submitted by Northwest Chess      

BEST BOOK:
   Best Book - Instructional (paper copy)-- Winner: Is Your Move Safe? by NM Dan Heisman - Mongoose Press   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Basic Chess Openings for Kids by FM Charles Hertan - New in Chess)    
   Best Book - Other (paper copy) -- Winner: Jose Raul Capablanca: A Chess Biography by Miguel A. Sanchez - McFarland Pubishing   
                              (Honorable Mention -- Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography by Dr. Tim Harding - McFarland Pubishing)    
   Best Electronic Book -- Winner: The True Origins of Chess: Ancient Greece - Yes, India - No by Dr. Gerald M. Levitt - Gerald M. Levitt   

VISUAL ARTS:
   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout -- Winner: Chess Life, January 2016, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                     Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by US Chess    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Chess Life, March 2016, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                                 Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by US Chess)      
   Best Chess Photojournalism -- Winner: Millionaire Chess, Chess Life, January 2016, pp. 22-20, photos by David Llada, Submitted by US Chess    
   Best Single Photo -- Winner: The Struggle, March 2016 Cover of Chess Life - David Llada   
   Best Chess Art -- Winner: The Chess Game, Chess Life, August 2015, p. 10 - Yael Maimon   
                              (Honorable Mention -- GM Walter Browne, Chess Life, cover October 2015 - Scotty Phillips)    

NEWSPAPER MEDIA:
   Best Regular Newspaper Column -- Winner: "Fearsome attacker Tate, a local favorite, dies at 58" and "A Valentine's Day over-the-board mating match -- times three" (10/27/2015 & 2/9/2016) by David Sands     
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest -- (Honorable Mention: "California Women Do Well" (5/15/2016) by Bill Cornwall)    

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
NEWS or FEATURES:
   Best Tournament Report Article -- Winner: Caruana, Paikidze Clinch 1st U.S. Championships by FM Mike Klein, Chess.com    
   Best Features Article -- Winner: Remembering GM Walter Browne by Al Lawrence - October 2015 Chess Life, p. 32   
   Best Instructive Lesson -- Winner: Going Deep by GM Jim Tarjan - November 2015 Chess Life, p. 40    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Winning with Botvinnik by GM Lev Alburt- February 2016 Chess Life, p. 24)    
   Best Review -- Winner: Staying Relevant by John Hartmann - January 2016 Chess Life, p. 14      
                              (Honorable Mention -- Sicilian Dragon by John Hartmann- March 2016 Chess Life, p. 14)    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Another Fischer Book by Vanessa West- February 16, 2016 USChess.com)    
   Best Humorous Contribution -- Winner: Pete's Pathetic Chess: 'Never Good' by Pete Cilento - August 24, 2015 Chess.com     
   Best Historical Article -- Winner: The Marshall Chess Club Turns 100 by Dr. Frank Brady - September 2015 Chess Life, p. 40    
   Best Interview -- Winner: Overlapping Worlds by Dr. Tim Redman - December 2015 Chess Life, p. 39    
   Best Analysis -- Winner: The Kislik Variation Reaches the Top by IM Erik Kislik - April 2016 Chess Life, p. 26      
                              (Honorable Mention -- Openings for Amateurs - and Grandmasters by Pete Tamburro - March 2016 Chess Life, p. 28)    
   Best Club Newsletter/Magazine -- Winner: En Passant - Pittsburgh Chess Club edited by John Barraso    
The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA:
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website -- Winner: Illinois Chess Association http://il-chess.org/, Editor-in-Chief Bill Feldman   
                              (Honorable Mention -- http://www.chessmaine.net/chessmaine by Daniel DeLuca)    
   Best General Chess Website -- Winner: http://ocfchess.org/, Frank Berry (Owner/Editor), Jim Hollingsworth (Webmaster)   
   Best Electronic State Newsletter -- Winner: Colorado Chess Informant, Editor: Fred Eric Spell    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Iowa Chess News: En Passant, Editor: Mark Capron, Webmaster: Bethany Carson   

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2015 CJA Awards Prize List

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2015 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 7 August 2015.

Prize List for 2015 CJA Awards

TOP FIVE:
   Chess Journalist of the Year -- Winner: Mike Klein , nominated by U. S. Chess Federation     
   Best Story of the Year -- Winner: Reconnecting with Caissa by GM James Tarjan - January 2015 Chess Life, Submitted by Chess Life      
   Best Chess Column -- Winner: The Practical Endgame by GM Daniel Narditsky - Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Novice Nook by NM Daniel Heisman - ChessCafe.com)      
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter -- Winner: Northwest Chess, editor: Jeffrey Roland, Submitted by Eric Holcomb      
   Best Book (paper-printed only) -- Winner: Liquidation on the Chess Board by GM Joel Benjamin - New In Chess   
                              (Honorable Mention -- The Classical Era of Modern Chess by Peter J. Monté - McFarland & Company, Inc.)      

VISUAL ARTS:
   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout -- Winner: Chess Life, August 2014, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                     Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by USCF    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Chess Life, November 2014, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                                 Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by USCF)      
   Best Chess Photojournalism -- Winner: November 2014 Cover of Chess Life, photos by Austin Fuller, Submitted by USCF      
                              (Honorable Mention -- December 2014 Cover of NorthWest Chess - Adam Porth, photographer & NorthWest Chess)      
   Best Chess Art -- Winner: Square One, December 2014 Cover of Chess Life - Keith Halonen   
                              (Honorable Mention -- "Chess and the Blackfeet Nation", March 2015 Cover of Chess Life - Sue Todd)      

NEWSPAPER MEDIA:
   Best Regular Newspaper Column -- Winner: A Knight's Tour by Bill Cornwall      
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest -- Winner: Gareyev Repeats at American by Bill Cornwall    

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
NEWS or FEATURES:
   Best Tournament Report Article -- Winner: Fire and Ice by Mike Klein, November 2014 Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention -- Stop Me if You've Heard This Before by Mike Klein, August 2014 Chess Life)    
   Best Features Article -- Winner: Reconnecting with Caissa by GM James Tarjan - January 2015 Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention -- How to Catch a Chess Cheater by Howard Goldowsky - June 2014 Chess Life)    
   Best Instructive Lesson -- Winner: The Browne Endgame by IM Danny Kopec and Daniel Kostovetsky - June 2014 Chess Life      
   Best Review -- Winner: Unwrapping the Enigma by John Hartmann - January 2015 Chess Life      
   Best Humorous Contribution -- Winner: He is
Virtually Unbeatable as Black by Colin Patterson - March 2015 Chess Life     
   Best Historical Article -- Winner: Our Diamond Anniversary by Al Lawrence - September 2014 Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention -- The Match That Wasn't by Neil Brennen- July 2014 Chess Life)      
   Best Analysis -- Winner: July Madness by GM Ilya Smirin - September 2014 Chess Life      

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA:
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website -- Winner: www.chessmaine.net, Submitted by Daniel DeLuca      
   Best Chess Blog -- Winner: Chess Book Reviews by John Hartmann    

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2014 CJA Awards Prize List

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2014 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 1 August 2014.

 

Prize List for 2014 CJA Awards

TOPFIVE:
   Chess Journalist of the Year -- Winner: Brian Jerauld, nominated by Saint Louis Chess Club      
   Best Story of the Year -- Winner: Sinquefield Cup by FM Mike Klein, Submitted by USCF      
   Best Chess Column -- Winner: Chess to Enjoy by GM Andy Soltis, Submitted by USCF      
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter -- Winner: Northwest Chess, editor: Jeffrey Roland, Submitted by Eric Holcomb      
   Best Book (paper-printed only) -- Winner: Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion by GM Andy Soltis      

VISUAL ARTS:
   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout -- Winner: Chess Life, August 2013, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                     Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by USCF    
   Best Chess Photojournalism -- Winner: Oh no, a blunder!, p. 29, Chess Life July 2013 by Jorge Barrera, Submitted by USCF      
                              (Honorable Mention -- Awonder Liang by Mary Sweeney, Submitted by USCF)      
   Best Chess Art -- Winner: Endgame by Zena Fairwether, -- Submitted by USCF      

NEWSPAPER MEDIA:
   Best Regular Newspaper Column -- Winner: Peter Henner in Altamont Enterprises      
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest -- Winner: Strong Inmate Players Play for Stamps by Peter Henner    

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
NEWS or FEATURES:
   Best Tournament Report Article -- Winner: This is Why We Play Chess: The 2013 Louisiana State Championship 
                     by Adam Caveney, Louisiana Chess      
   Best Features Article -- Winner: A Level Playing Board (Disabilities) by Christen McCurdy, Submitted by USCF      
   Best Instructive Lesson -- Winner: The Fischer Ending by IM Danny Kopec and Daniel Kostovetsky, Submitted by USCF      
                              (Honorable Mention -- Filters and Masks by Dan Heisman, Submitted by Dan Heisman)    
   Best Review -- Winner: "Dinos to the Slav: Silman on Apple Apps" by IM Jeremy Silman from USChess Online      
   Best Humorous Contribution -- Winner: Posing by Betsy Carina Dynako (with contributions from Chris Roberts), Chess Life, Feb 2014      
                              (Honorable Mention: Philly Predicts the World Chess Championships from the US Chess Scoop, USChess Online)    
   Best Historical Article -- Winner: A Rocky-like Chess Bout from the Romantic Era by David Sands      
   Best Interview -- Winner: Don’t Doubt Danya by Brian Jerauld, Submitted by Saint Louis Chess Club      
   Best Analysis -- Winner: Annotation of Sevillano - Hilby Game by Craig Hilby, Submitted by Randall Hough, Rank and File      

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA:
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website -- Winner: www.chessmaine.net, Submitted by Daniel DeLuca      
   Best General Chess Website -- Winner: World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis Chess Club      
                              (Honorable Mention:www.uschess.org - USCF)    
   Best Chess Blog -- Winner: The Kenilworthian by Michael Goeller      
                              (Honorable Mention:Chess Book Reviews by John Hartmann)    

 

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2013 CJA Awards Prize List

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2013 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 2 August 2013.

 

Prize List for 2013 CJA Awards

THE TOP FIVE:
   Chess Journalist of the Year -- Winner: Jamaal Abdul-Alim, nominated by Chess Life      
   Best Story of the Year -- Winner: The Resolute GM by Macauley Peterson, April 2013 Chess Life, nominated by Chess Life      
   Best Chess Column -- Winner: My Best Move by GM Joel Benjamin, August 2012 Chess Life, nominated by Chess Life      
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter -- Winner: Georgia Chess, edited by Mark N. Taylor      
   Best Book (paper-printed only) -- Winner: Amateur to IM by Jonathan Hawkins, nominated by Mongoose Press      

VISUAL ARTS:
   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout -- Winner: Georgia Chess #3, nominated by Mark Taylor      
                              (Honorable Mention: Dan Lucas and Frankie Butler, August 2012 Chess Life, nominated by Chess Life)      
   Best Chess Photojournalism -- Winner: November 2012 -- Front Cover, photo by Mark Schenkel, nominated by Chess Life      
   Best Chess Art -- Winner: Rhino Chess by Frankie Butler, April 2013 Chess Life      
                              (Honorable Mention: Georgia Chess Cover -- September 2012, photo by GCA President Fun Fong)      

NEWSPAPER MEDIA:
   Best Regular Newspaper Column -- Winner: The Altamont Enterprise chess column by Peter Henner)    
                              (Honorable Mention: Chess: A Knight's Tour by Bill Cornwall)      
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest -- Winner: Power Moves in Politics and on the Chessboard -- David Sands)      

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
NEWS or FEATURES:
   Best Tournament Report Article -- Winner: Two Weeks of Theater by Mike Klein, August 2012 Chess Life, nominated by Chess Life      
   Best Features Article -- Winner: White Collection by Mark Taylor, December 2012 Chess Life      
                              (Honorable Mention -- Assault on Mount Karpov by GM Yasser Seirawan, September 2012 Chess Life)      
   Best Instructive Lesson -- Winner: Stay on Attack by Todd Andrews, December, 2012 Chess Life      
                              (Honorable Mention -- Winning with White by GM Varuzhan Akobian and William Faulk, March 2013 Chess Life)      
   Best Review -- Winner: Making the Leap, by Howard Goldowsky, January 2013 Chess Life      
   Best Humorous Contribution -- Winner: Queen Interview by Matt Traynor    
   Best Historical Article -- Winner: Poe vs. the Turk by Dr. Gerald Levitt, June 2012 Chess Life      
   Best Interview -- Winner: Sam Shankland by Janis Nisii, September 2012 Chess Life      
                              (Honorable Mention: Maurice Ashley by Macauley Peterson, November 2012 Chess Life)      
   Best Analysis -- Winner: Nakamura/Robson by GM Ray Robson, August 2012 Chess Life      

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA:
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website -- Winner: www.idahochessassociation.org      
                              (Honorable Mention: calchess.org)      
   Best General Chess Website -- Winner: uschess.org      
   Best Chess Blog -- Winner: Chess Book Reviews    

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2012 CJA Awards Prize List

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2012 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 10 August 2012..

Prize List for 2012 CJA Awards

Features
Best Features Article
Winner: The Awonder Years – Brad Rosen – Chess Life – April 2012    

Best Humorous Contribution
Winner: Bobby Fischer’s Shoes, or The Absolute Truth by Mark Taylor – Georgia Chess – May/June 2012    

Best Instructive Lesson
Winner: I Don’t Know What to Do? by NM Dan Heisman - Novice Nook, ChessCafe.com    

Best Review
Winner: GM Joel Benjamin for review of New York 1927 by Alexander Alekhine – Chess Life – December, 2011    

Layout
Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout
Winner: Chess Life, July 2011 – Daniel Lucas, editor    

Mainstream Media
Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest
Winner: Forfeit by Disconnection Wins by Bill Cornwall – Los Angeles Times – March 11, 2012    
Honorable Mention: Aaron Wins State High School Championship with 6-0 Score at Saratoga Springs by Peter Henner    

Best Regular Newspaper Column
Winner: Americans Reach the Pinnacle by Bill Cornwall – Los Angeles Times - March 25, 2012    
Honorable Mention: Battle Between Teenage Grandmasters by Peter Henner - Altamont Enterprise, April 5, 2012    

Excellence in Chess Writing, Mainstream Media
New Media
Best Chess Blog
Winner: www.chessblog.com – GM Alexandra Kosteniuk    

Best General Chess Website
Winner: uschess.org    

Best USCF State Chapter Website
Winner: www.calchess.org    
Honorable Mention: www.masschess.org    

News
Best Tournament Report Article
Winner: Chess Burns in Iceland by Macauley Petersen - Chess Life – May, 2012    

News or Features
Best Analysis (correction 12-Sept_2012)
Winner (tie): Mikenas Benoni – IM Larry Evans and Cory Evans – Chess Life – September, 2011    
Winner (tie): Opposites Attract – David Vigorito – Chess Horizons – November, 2011    

Best Chess Art
Winner: Winding Down by Caroline Kaye – Chess Life – April 2012    
Honorable Mention: Chess in Isolation by Martin Bibbs – Chess Life – October 2011    

Best Historical Article
Winner: A Game of Considerable Ego Involvement by Neil Brennen – Chess Life – November, 2011    

Best Interview
Winner: Tale of a Winter Rating Spike: An Interview with Matthew Herman by WGM Jennifer Shahade – Chess Life Online    

Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess
Winner: Brave New World: Human Intuition by Howard Sandler, Ph.D. and the Chessgames.com World Team – Chess Life – August, 2011    

Photojournalism
Best Chess Photojournalism
Winner: Krush/Seirawan – St. Louis Chess Club (no photographer named) -  Chess Life – July, 2011    

Top Five
Best Chess Column
Winner: Novice Nook by NM Dan Heisman – www.chesscafe.com    

Best State Magazine – Newsletter
Winner: Georgia Chess by Mark Taylor, et al.    

Best Story of the Year
Winner: “I Must Tell You …” by Al Lawrence – Chess Life – July, 2011    
Honorable Mention: Tenacious by Al Lawrence – Chess Life – January, 2012    

Chess Journalist of the Year
Winner: Mike Klein    

Best Book
Winner: The United States Chess Championship, 1845 – 2011 by GM Andy Soltis, published by McFarland Publishing

 

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2011 CJA Awards Prize List

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

CJA Best Story of the Year Award      
The Grandmaster Who Did It His Way 
Written by Larry Parr
appeared in Chess Life (March 2011)

Best Story of the Year Co-Runner-up      
A Chess Child's Next Chapter 
Written by Macauley Peterson 
appeared in Chess Life (December 2010)

Best Story of the Year Co-Runner-up      
Czechmate 
Written by Jonathan Hilton
appeared in Chess Life (October 2010)


 

CJA Best Chess Column Award      
Endgame Lab 
Written by GM Pal Benko
appears in Chess Life

CJA Best Chess Column Runner-up      
Chess to Enjoy 
Written by GM Andy Soltis
appears in Chess Life


 

CJA Best State Magazine/Newsletter Award      
Georgia Chess 
edited by Mark N. Taylor

CJA Best State Magazine/Newsletter Co-Runner-up      
Chess Horizons 
edited by Robert D. Messenger

CJA Best State Magazine/Newsletter Co-Runner-up      
Northwest Chess 
edited by Ralph Dubisch


 

CJA Best Tournament Report Article Award      
Kamsky Bids Adieu to Championship Drought 
Written by FM Mike Klein
appeared in Chess Life (August 2010)

CJA Best Tournament Report Article Runner-up      
U.S. Left Out In The Cold 
Written by GM Robert Hess
appeared in Chess Life (January 2011)


 

CJA Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout Award      
The entire October-December 2010 issue of Chess Horizons 
Edited by Robert D. Messenger

CJA Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout Runner-up      
The entire September/October 2010 issue of Georgia Chess 
Edited by Mark N. Taylor


 

CJA Excellence in Chess Writing, Mainstream Media Award      
My Playing Weight 
Written by Dale Rigby
appeared in Sport Literate (Volume 7, Issue 1)


 

CJA Best Regular Newspaper Column Award      
Chess 
Written by David R. Sands
appears in The Washington Times

CJA Best Regular Newspaper Column Runner-up      
Chess: A Knight's Tour 
Written by Bill Cornwall
appears in the Los Angeles Times


 

CJA Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest Award      
Chess: A Knight's Tour 
Written by Bill Cornwall
appeared in the [Fort Lauderdale] Sun Sentinel


 

CJA Best Chess Photojournalism Award      
Cover of June 2010's Chess Life 
By Jeff Weiss

CJA Best Chess Photojournalism Runner-up      
Cover of February 2011's Chess Life 
By Jack Hutcheson


 

CJA Best Features Article Award      
Involuntary Retirement 
Written by IM Jack Peters
appeared in Chess Life (March 2011)

CJA Best Features Article Runner-up      
The Staunton Code (Part I) 
Written by Bob Basalla
appeared in Chess Life Online


 

CJA Best Instructive Lesson Award      
Conversation with a Grandmaster 
Written by GM Boris Gulko and Dr. Joel R. Sneed
appeared in Chess Life (June 2010)

CJA Best Instructive Lesson Co-Runner-up      
Defending the Citadel 
Written by Jon Edwards
appeared in Chess Life (April 2011)

CJA Best Instructive Lesson Co-Runner-up      
Tactical, Positional, and Opening Mistakes 
Written by Daniel Gurevich
appeared in Chess Life for Kids (February 2011)


 

CJA Best Review Award      
Frank Brady's Masterpiece 
Written by Al Lawrence
appeared in Chess Life (February 2011)

CJA Best Review Co-Runner-up      
Challenging the Ruy Lopez 
Written by Pete Tamburro
appeared in Chess Life (September 2010)

CJA Best Review Co-Runner-up      
Wojo's Weapons: Winning with White, Volume 1 
Written by Ron Deike
appeared in Iowa Chess En Passant (July 2010)

CJA Best Review Co-Runner-up      
Youth Breeds Experience 
Written by Pete Tamburro
appeared in Chess Life (June 2010)


 

CJA Best Humorous Contribution Award      
Weekly Chess News (April Fool's Supplement) 
By Mark N. Taylor
appeared in Georgia Chess

CJA Best Humorous Contribution Runner-up      
The U.S. Chess Scoop: An Amateur Invades the World Amateur Team Championship 
By Jason Smiles
appeared in Chess Life Online


 

CJA Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess Award      
Enter the Centaur 
By FM Alex Dunne
appeared in Chess Life (February 2011)

CJA Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess Runner-up      
The 2008 USCF Absolute Championship 
By FM Alex Dunne
appeared in Chess Life (July 2010)


 

CJA Best Historical Article Award      
A Forgotten Chess Tale: Hapley's Project 
By GM Yasser Seirawan
appeared in Northwest Chess (November 2010)

CJA Best Historical Article Co-Runner-up      
A Brief Moment In Chess Time 
By Jon Edwards
appeared in Chess Life (June 2010)

CJA Best Historical Article Co-Runner-up      
Victory at Leningrad 
By Eliot Hearst
appeared in Chess Life (November 2010)


 

CJA Best Interview Award      
Profiling Brady 
By Al Lawrence
appeared in Chess Life (February 2011)

CJA Best Interview Runner-up      
Kamsky On The Record 
By Betsy Dynako
appeared in Chess Life (May 2011)


 

CJA Best Chess Art Award      
Cover of Northwest Chess March 2011 issue 
Designed by Philip Peterson
appeared in Northwest Chess

CJA Best Chess Art Co-Runner-up      
2010 Castle Chess Grand Prix Winner Varuzhan Akobian 
Designed by Mark N. Taylor
appeared in Georgia Chess (Sept./Oct. 2010)

CJA Best Chess Art Co-Runner-up      
Irina's Nirvana 
Designed by Shirley Szymanek
appeared in Chess Life (October 2010)


 

CJA Best Analysis Award      
Keating, R - Karagianis, P 
By Robert Keating
appeared in Iowa Chess En Passant (July 2010)

CJA Best Analysis Runner-up      
The Most Interesting Games of the 79th Mass. Open 
By Robert D. Messenger
appeared in Chess Horizons (Oct.-Dec. 2010)


 

CJA Best [USCF] State Chapter Website Award      
http://www.calchess.org 
Official website of the Northern California State's USCF chapter 
Designed by Tom Langland

CJA Best [USCF] State Chapter Website Runner-up      
http://www.il-chess.org 
Official website of the State of Illinois' USCF chapter


 

CJA Best General Chess Website Award      
http://www.uschess.org 
Official website of the United States Chess Federation

Designed by Phillip R. Smith

CJA Best General Chess Website Runner-up      
http://www.westmichiganchess.com 
Official website of the West Michigan Chess Association


 

CJA Best Chess Blog Award      
http://brokenpawn1.blogspot.com 
Broken Pawn 
By Hank Anzis

Best Chess Blog Runner-up      
Chessvine.com 
By Anton Taylor

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2010 CJA Awards Prize List

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

Dear CJA Membership:

Due to nursing my left hearing which as some of you may have known I lost for several days due to a severe case of swimmer's ear I will not be making the trip out west to Irvine. I will however rejoin you south in 2011 in Orlando. Though I may not be with you in California, my heart and dedication to chess journalism and to the CJA reaches far and beyond. I am pleased to announce the following individuals as winners of their respective categories for the 2010 Chess Journalists of America Annual Chess Journalism Awards. Most of the awards winners have their entries saved as pdf files and can be viewed and downloaded here through September 9th, 2010. I am also submitting my CJA Awards Committee Report which you may download here. In addition, you may review the votes per each entry here (in Excel format) or here (on a web page), the names of the awards judges have been removed but their votes stand correctly. I thank you all and wish you each a safe and wonderful remainder of this Summer 2010. Please do not hesitate in contacting me at rhernandez@cjaawards.org should any question(s), comment(s) or thoughts(s) come up.

~Ramon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2009 CJA Awards Prize List

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

 

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2008 CJA Awards Prize List

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

 

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2007 CJA Awards Prize List

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.

 

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2006 CJA Awards Prize List

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.

 

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2005 CJA Awards Prize List

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 Daniel Lucas, Chief Judge and President of CJA.

 

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2004 CJA Awards Prize List

Fred Cramer Awards Committee for Excellence in Chess Journalism
Joint Announcement

The Chess Journalists of America and the Cramer Awards Committee are pleased to announce the results from the 2004 awards for chess journalism. The two organizations continue their partnership for recognizing deserving chess journalists.

The most distinctive award is Chess Journalist of the Year, won by longtime author and Chess Life columnist, GM Andrew Soltis. This category is decided by a vote of the CJA membership and is endorsed by the Cramer Committee.

The other Cramer categories winners, decided at their July meeting in New York City, are Best Book: Pal Benko: My Life, Games, and Compositions by GM Pal Benko and IM Jeremy Silman; Best Chess Column, Any Media: "Chess" by Jack Peters in the Los Angeles Times; and Best State Magazine: Georgia Chess, Daniel Lucas, Editor. All of these individuals will be awarded a CJA certificate and a marble obelisk, funded this year by GM Arnold Denker's generous donation.

A number of new categories were added this year, most of them in recognition of the explosion of web-based chess journalism and the advantage web journalists have over print journalists (specifically, not being constrained by length). A new category that proved especially popular was the catchall Category 40, Best General Chess Article, added to replace the confusing Best Chess Promotion category that seemed to receive all entries not fitting neatly into one of the other categories.

A Lifetime Achievement award was also added this year. CJA members were able to nominate and vote. A tie occurred this first year between New York Times and Chess Lifecolumnist GM Robert Byrne and former CJA President and current editor of American Postal Chess Tournaments News Bulletin Helen Warren.

Another exciting development recognizing long-time chess journalists has been announced by Don Schultz of the Cramer Awards Committee: the formation of a Gallery of Distinguished Chess Journalists. The names will be displayed on a large plaque that will be updated annually as new names are added. The intent is to have the plaque on display at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City. If funding is available, duplicate plaques will be produced and placed on display at additional sites in the USA. The initial journalists honored are: Hermann Helms, Burt Hochberg, Frank Brady, GM Larry Evans, Israel Albert Horowitz and Harold Dondis.

Congratulations to all of this year's hard-working journalists. For links to the Internet winners and all Internet nominees, please see www.chessjournalism.org, and for more information on the Cramer Awards, please see www.chessdon.com.

Respectfully submitted,
Daniel Lucas
Chief Judge, President, CJA

 

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2003 CJA Awards Prize List

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in this year's competition. The awards were first announced at the US Open Championship in August 2003.

Following is a list of categories, the winners and honorable mentions, and a list of the CJA members who judged that particular category (in parentheses). Only material originally published during the period June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003 was eligible for this competition.

 

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2002 CJA Awards Prize List

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in this year's competition. The awards were first announced at the US Open Championship in July 2002.

Following is a list of categories, the winners and honorable mentions, and a list of the CJA members who judged that particular category (in parentheses). Only material originally published during the period June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002 was eligible for this competition.

The CJA/Cramer Awards were announced at the US Open in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Over two hundred entries were received. This gave ample work for over twenty judges. For the first time ever, the CJA website was used to list all entries and even give links to some of the entries' sites.

Notable awards went to Yasser Seirawan for Journalist of the Year. Jerry Hanken and Daaim Shabazz were "honorably" mentioned as tying for second. Seirawan will receive the handsome Cramer trophy and have his picture displayed in each issue of Chess Life along with the other US champions. This suggestion by Don Schultz was accepted by the USCF, and this will also be a first.

Book of the Year went to John S. Hilbert for his Essays in American Chess History (Caissa Editions, PO Box 151, Yorklyn, DE 19736). Best State Magazinewent to Georgia Chess and its editor Dan Lucas. Andy Soltis was Columnist of the Year.

In the non-Cramer categories, another first was achieved. Dan Heisman won three awards and was honorable mention in one. One curiosity: A crossword puzzle was entered in the "Humor" category for lack of a better category perhaps. None of the judges thought it was really "funny." However, its creativity is being recognized (a first rate crossword puzzle) by the Chief Judge with a Special Chief Judge's Award to Robert Basalla of the Ohio Chess Bulletin.

Another first, we believe, is a sad one. Edmar Mednis was the winner of the Best Analysis Endings category. It was certainly not a first time win for him as he produced much quality work that all chess fans are familiar with.

Categories such as Human Interest and Best Magazine Tournament Report had twenty entries, and both sections were hotly contested--especially the tournament section. Six writers all ended up with honorable mention as their total scores were exactly the same, but clearly trailing Daaim Shabazz's Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament report, which can be linked from the CJA main page.

All in all, this was a banner year for the CJA awards and all involved-- entrants, judges and CJA members who emailed their votes for Journalist of the Year--are thanked for this extraordinary effort!

Respectfully submitted,
Peter J. Tamburro, Jr.
Chief Judge, President, CJA

 

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2001 CJA Awards Prize List

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in this year's competition. The awards were first announced at the US Open Championship in August 2001.

Following is a list of categories, the winners and honorable mentions, and a list of the CJA members who judged that particular category (in parentheses). Only material originally published during the period June 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001 was eligible for this competition.

 

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2000 CJA Awards Prize List

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in this year's competition. The awards were first announced at the US Open Championship in August 2000 .

Following is a list of categories, the winners and honorable mentions, and a list of the CJA members who judged that particular category (in parentheses). Only material originally published during the period July 1999 through June 2000 was eligible for this competition.

 

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1999 CJA Awards Prize List

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in this year's competition. The awards were first announced at the US Open Championship in August 2000 .

Following is a list of categories, the winners and honorable mentions, and a list of the CJA members who judged that particular category (in parentheses). Only material originally published during the period July 1998 through June 1999 was eligible for this competition.

 

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1996 CJA Awards Prize List

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in 1996, as listed on a web page apparently set up by a former CJA President Jim Eade.