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CJA Awards

Posted by joshuamiltonanderson on August 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Hello all,

         Hope everyone is doing well.  I am pleased to report the CJA Awards are completed.  The award winners are listed below and my thank you note to the judges below that.


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, 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



Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout -- Winner: Chess Life, August 2013, edited by Daniel Lucas,

Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Technical Editor Ron Burnett, 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



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.


Best Tournament Report Article -- Winner: This is Why We Play Chess: The 2013 Louisiana State Championship

by Adam Caveny, 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 Kostove, 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 Chris Roberts, photos by Betsy Carina Dynako, 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: Hilby Game by Craig Hilby, Submitted by Randall Hough, Rank and File


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


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


Awards Committee Chairman and Chief Judge Joshua Anderson has sent this message:

I once again had the honor of presiding over the Chess Journalist of America’s award competition. The task brings with it the pleasure of working with journalists and chess players throughout the country. It also means getting to work with a large group of judges qualified in a great variety of fields.

The judges this year were: Dan Heisman, J. Franklin Campbell (who also is a tremendous help with all the computer/website work), Peter Minear, Rodion Rubenchik, Dov Gorman, Peter Tamburro, Mark Taylor, Dan Lucas, Al Lawrence, Myron and Rachel Lieberman, Howard Goldowsky, Eric Johnson, Jeff Roland, Eric Holcomb, Harvey Lerman, David Sands, Matthew Bengtson, Randy Hough, Adam Caveny, John J. Dill, Keith Ammann, GM Andy Soltis, IM Anthony Saidy, IM John Donaldson, Rob Fusco, John Hartmann, Paul Fielding, Neil Brennan. Among this diverse group, one can find experts in any field.

This task, though a great privilege and pleasure, and one I look forward to continuing next year, is rather time consuming. I am fortunate to have family and friends who help me meet the continued real world challenges. This year, Sally Schuster, Debra Downing, and Simon Varner, deserve special mention for their help. More important than all of this help is the patience and understanding of my wife Brandy, and to her I give the biggest thank you of all.


      If you are interested in chess journalism I stronly suggest you check out the website (http://chessjournalism.org/) and join the Chess Journalists of America.

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