Chess Journalist of the Year Nominations

Peter Doggers deserves to be named journalist of the year for his unparalleled international chess coverage, from the top events around the world to the state of the global chess culture.


The included sample story highlights the kind of investigative journalism that Doggers has been writing all year for While other chess reports regarding the state of FIDE stop at the face value of the press release, Peter Doggers uncovers the real story while maintaining integrity and presenting the coverage at dead-center.   

Story Examples:

FIDE Elections and the Fight Against Corruption

GM Solozhenkin Suspended for Making Cheating Accusations; Fellow GMs Protest

Nominated by

Pete Doggers

Because of the overall depth and breadth of his work in Chess Life, Chess Life Kids, Chess Life Online and elsewhere, US Chess nominates GM Robert Hess for Chess Journalist of the Year. Robert is well-known on the pages of Chess Life, where he writes “In the Arena,” a popular monthly column that features a player of the month along with a recent tournament game. Robert’s thoughtful game analysis delivers insightful instruction while also entertaining the reader with anecdotes about the player and tournament.

Robert's journalistic strength lies in his ability to interweave a compelling story with solid chess analysis. He also is a frequent contributor to other chess news outlets, most notably, and is a popular commentator and on-air analyst.

Nominated by U.S. Chess.

Robert Hess

Al Lawrence has probably offered up his best year ever writing on chess. Although he does not have the advantage of being on staff at a chess publication, he has covered a wide variety of events and provided two regular columns. He has written about history, important tournaments, as well as chess volunteers and other personalities. He has provided readers with several unusual pieces—including “Playing the French” (actually a travel piece) and his expanded column in the May CL “women’s” issue on 96-year-old Mildred Starin. His in-depth interview of Dewain Barber for CL’s March cover story, "Dewain Barber, Dean of Scholastic Chess,” is a masterclass in writing a chess bio. Lawrence’s winning the “CJOY” award twice before should not diminish the special recognition he deserves for another outstanding year.


Below is a list of his major contributions during the period for consideration.


Chess Life articles:


“Faces Across the Board” column: 12 installments recognizing volunteers, promising juniors, and interesting chess veterans


May 2019:

Faces Across the Board: A special full-page column on 96-year-old Mildred Starin


April 2019:

First Moves: "Playing the French,” an unusual chess travelogue about the Menton, France, Open.


March 2019:

Cover Story: "Dewain Barber, Dean of Scholastic Chess”

Feature story: "2018 PanAms, Gorlocks All the Way Down”


January 2019

SB to Feature Story: “Thrones of the Game”


November 2018

Cover Story: “Gareyev Soars to Victory”


June 2018

Feature Story: “UT-Rio Grande Valley Snaps Webster’s Final Four Streak”


CLkids (bi-montly publication):

Six installments of “Faces Across the Board,” featuring promising and inspiring chess juniors


CL Online:

March CL Cover Story Podcast

November Cover Story Podcast


 “Webster University Wins Seventh Title at 65th PanAms”

“Eyes Wide Open: Gareyev Wins 2018 US Open”—Selected as one of best of 2018

“San Francisco Hosts Pan-Ams for 1st Time”

Nominated by Hanon Russell

In my opinion, as a prior winner of the award, he is far and away the leading candidate for this year’s award. –Hanon Russell, 2001 Chess Journalist of the Year and owner of Russell Enterprises, Inc., the largest publisher of chess books in North America

Al Lawrence