Annual Chess Journalists of America Awards: Winners are in
August 19, 2011
The winners are in for the annual Chess Journalists of America (CJA) awards. Many Chess Life Magazine articles earned honors- login as a member to re-read your favorites. You can also download the full committee report (pdf) by CJA Awards Committee Chairman Ramon A. Hernandez, which contains the details of voting by the judges

Want to get more involved? The CJA is currently looking for dedicated chess journalists to fill a number of volunteer positions (see http://chessjournalism.org/director.htm). If you are interested, please contact either Randall Hough randallhough@yahoo.com or Daniel Lucas at dlucas@uschess.org

CJA Best Story of the Year Award
March2011FC.jpgThe 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

June10FC.jpgCJA 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 (Also see Part II and Part III)

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 US Chess Scoop featuring 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)

NWC_201011_cover.jpgCJA Best Historical Article Award
A Forgotten Chess Tale: Hapley's Project

By 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
NWC_201103_cover.jpg
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)

10.10CLMcover.jpgBest 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
screeshotNCal.jpg
CJA Best [USCF] State Chapter Website Runner-up
http://www.il-chess.org
Official website of the State of Illinois' USCF chapter
Designed by Maret Thorpe

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
Designed by Dr. Tony Palmer

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

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