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26 August 2015: CJA Directory of Officials page updated

The CJA Directory of Officials page has been updated to reflect the elections at the recent CJA meeting.

See: CJA Directory of Officials

Update (28 Aug 2015): Personal Profile of President Joshua Anderson has been added to the CJA Directory of Officials. As additional profiles are received they will be added.


26 August 2015: Thank you note from Awards Chairman/Chief Judge

I wanted to thank the many judges who once again helped with the awards. I literally could not do it without them.  They are: Dan Heisman, J. Franklin Campbell, Peter Minear, Dov Gorman, Peter Tamburro, Mark Taylor, Dan Lucas, Howard Goldowsky, Eric Johnson, Jim Quinn, Matt Bengtson, GM Andy Soltis, IM Anthony Saidy, IM John Donaldson, Rob Fusco, Robert Ferguson, Harvey Lerman, Boyd Reed, John Hartmann, Neil Brennen, Keith Ammann, Rodion Rubenchik, and Peter Henner.

I would like to make a special point to thank my wife.  She spent our anniversary listening to me read off award winners at the annual meeting and that would be reason enough to thank her.  But, because of all the other times that she does things like collect me when I have fallen asleep on my chair while trying to figure out who should get which topics.  These sort of interactions occur throughout the summer and I am grateful for her ongoing support, not just throughout the award season, but throughout the whole year.

Joshua Anderson signature

24 August 2015: New information on Annual Meeting

Past President of CJA Peter Tamburro (who initiated the original CJA web site n 1999) wrote an open letter to CJA members. Every member should read this important letter about the future of CJA.

See: Peter Tamburro's Open Letter

Our new President's wife Brandy Anderson documented the CJA annual meeting and provided the photos for this web site. Thanks, Brandy! Joshua Anderson added the captions.

See: Photos of the 2015 Annual Meeting


18 August 2015: New CJA Officers Elected at Annual Meeting

During the CJA Annual Meeting on 7 August 2015 the Ad Hoc Nominating Committee Report was presented and the slate of officers recommended was elected. The following officers were elected to terms through the 2017 Annual Meeting:

CJA President Joshua Anderson
Joshua Anderson
presiding at CJA meeting
  • President Joshua Anderson (PA)
  • Vice President Neil Brennen (PA)
  • Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Roland (ID)
  • Editor, The Chess Journalist Al Lawrence (NY)
  • Webmaster, Ryan Velez (KY)
  • Outreach, Frank Niro (KY)
  • Ex Officio Chess Life Editor, Daniel Lucas (GA)

To read the nominating report see: Report of the Elections/Ad Hoc Nominating Committee


7 August 2015: Winners of the Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards Announced

The winners of the annual CJA Awards were announced today during the annual CJA meeting.

See: 2015 Award Winners


27 June 2015: Entries Received for the 2015 CJA Awards Competition

The CJA Awards Chairman has provided the list of all entries received for the competition. Please check to be sure your entry is properly listed. If there is any issue contact the chairman immediately to insure that your entry will be judged.

Entries Received can be viewed at: Entries Received

CJA Awards Chairman Joshua Anderson can be emailed at: joshuamiltonanderson@gmail.com


14 June 2015: Entries for CJA Awards Competition Extended to June 22, 2015

From the CJA Awards Chairman: "CJA Awards will be accepting entries until June 22nd, 2015."


11 June 2015: Issues of The Chess Journalist from 2013 and 2014 added

Mark Taylor, editor of The Chess Journalist, has provided PDF files for the last issue of 2013 and the only issue of 2014. These issues are now available for download from The Chess Journalist page.


18 May 2015: Annual CJA Awards Program Announced

Joshua Anderson, the Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has announced the call for entries to the 2015 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards. The categories for entries are the same as last year. For the full announcement go to 2015 Awards Program Announcement.


20 January 2015: Updates to the CJA Links page

The CJA Links page has just been updated as follows:
   1. Link added to CJA Members section for Mind's Eye Press (member: Joshua M. Anderson)
   2. Link added to State Chess Associations' Web Sites section for Rhode Island Chess
   3. Hit counter added to Links page


18 January 2015: On-line Certificates for CJA Awards added for 2011 & 2012

Since the abrupt changes of 2011 left the awards unsigned, I signed them.  We have created the 2012 certificates as well.  At this point, we are all caught up.  From this point forward, we will be able to provide awards when we announce the winners.

The links to all of the new on-line certificates can be found on these web pages:

2011http://chessjournalism.org/2011/AwardsRecipients.htm
2012http://chessjournalism.org/2012entries/AwardsRecipients.htm
2013http://chessjournalism.org/2013entries/AwardsRecipients.htm
2014http://chessjournalism.org/2014entries/AwardsRecipients.htm

Sincerely,
Joshua M. Anderson
CJA Awards Chairman

Webmaster Note: If you click on the "Certificate" link to view your awards' certificate a popup window will appear containing your certificate. In some browsers you can right-click and get a menu allowing you to print it. In some browsers, such as Firefox, you can print it by selecting the window (click anywhere on the popup window) and clicking Ctrl-P on your keyboard. If you have any technical problems contact the Webmaster.

If you see any errors in the information on the awards pages or the on-line Certificates, send your corrections to the Awards Chairman via Awards Error Report. To view an archive of past awards winners (starting with 1996) go to CJA Awards Index. The webmaster would welcome additional awards listings for missing years to fill in the gaps.


Sample On-line Certificate
Sample On-line Certificate

5 January 2015: On-line Certificates for CJA Awards now available for 2013 & 2014

I am pleased to announce that the 2013 and 2014 Award Certificates are now available.  Thanks to our webmaster J. Franklin Campbell for his assistance.

The awards are downloadable to allow maximize flexibility.  Those who have websites will be able to cut and paste or download onto their page.  You are also welcome to print out the certificate either on a heavy paper suitable for hanging or on regular paper for filing.

Now that we have designed a method that has proven useful for 2013 and 2014, we will go back and create awards for 2011 and 2012 as well.  The rather abrupt changes that occurred in 2011 had left those documents uncreated and unsigned.  Since all the scores have been determined and announced, I will go ahead and sign those documents as well.

I apologize for the delay in these and look forward to a more streamlined process in future years.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The links to the on-line certificates can be found on these web pages:

2013:  http://chessjournalism.org/2013entries/AwardsRecipients.htm
2014:  http://chessjournalism.org/2014entries/AwardsRecipients.htm

Sincerely,
Joshua M. Anderson
CJA Awards Chairman

Webmaster Note: If you click on the "Certificate" link to view your awards' certificate a popup window will appear containing your certificate. In some browsers you can right-click and get a menu allowing you to print it. In some browsers, such as Firefox, you can print it by selecting the window (click anywhere on the popup window) and clicking Ctrl-P on your keyboard. If you have problems contact the Webmaster or Awards Chairman.

If you see any errors in the information on the awards pages or the on-line Certificates, send your corrections to Awards Error Report. When the on-line certificates are ready for 2011 & 2012 there will be an announcement on this web site.


Daniel Lucas, Chess Life Editor
Chess Life Editor Daniel Lucas

17 September 2014: CJA Member to run New York City Marathon to raise money for scholastic chess

Daniel Lucas, CJA member, USCF Director of Publications and Chess Life Editor, is attempting to raise $3,750 to support scholastic chess by running in this year's New York City Marathon November 2, 2014. Not new to running marathons, he is hoping to raise awareness of USCF along with some money to support programs for scholastic chess.

You can read more details on the USCF site and make a contribution at the crowdrise.com site.


16 August 2014: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 16 August 2014. It is now available on the Membership List page.


CJA Annual Meeting 2014, Chess Life editor Daniel Lucas and USChess Online Editor Jenifer Shahade
Lucas and Shahade at Meeting

5 August 2014: Agenda for Annual Meeting

CJA President Frank Niro has provided the agenda used for the recent CJA Annual Meeting along with a few photos from the meeting. More information on the CJA meeting should be available in the future.

See: 2014 Annual Meeting Agenda


1 August 2014: Winners of the Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards Announced

The winners of the annual CJA Awards were announced today during the annual CJA meeting.

See: 2014 Award Winners


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.


30 July 2014: Annual CJA Members' Meeting on Friday 1 August 2014

This could be an important meeting for CJA, and all members and interested parties are encouraged to attend. The USCF Call to Delegates document contains a schedule for all meetings. The annual CJA meeting is scheduled for 2:00pm local time on Friday, Aug. 1 at the site of the U.S. Open Championship. Two other meetings of possible interest to CJA members are the Publications meeting at 1:00pm just before the CJA meeting in the same meeting room. At 3:00pm immediately following the CJA meeting (but apparently in a different meeting room) is the Website Advisory meeting.

For the complete meeting schedule from the Delegate's Call click here.

I invite those who attend the CJA meeting to send comments, reports and photos for publication on this web site. Send comments and photos (in any digital format) to Contact Webmaster


30 July 2014: Archive of old CJA news re-organized

This CJA web site became active in early 2000. As time passed, news stories kept being added to the home page and the page became rather lengthy. Eventually all the news items before 2010 were move to a separate archive page. New there are two additional archive pages for the news of 2010-2011 and 2012-2013. The links to the archive pages are listed at the bottom of the home page and each archive page:

Pre-2010 News   2010&2011 News   2012&2013 News


28 July 2014: The Minutes for the 2013 Annual Meeting is now available

The 2013 Minutes has been added to the Annual CJA Meetings page.


5 July 2014: Entries Received list updated

The list of entries received for the annual CJA Awards competition has been updated and should now be complete. See: 2014 Entries Received


9 June 2014: From the CJA Awards Chairman:

Deadline for annual CJA Awards competition extended to June 30, 2014.

If you wish to send an entry for the 2014 CJA Awards competition there is still time. The entry date has been extended to Monday, June 30, 2014. The original announcement of the awards program is at 2014 Awards Program Announcement and has been updated with this new deadline date.


26 April 2014: Annual CJA Awards Program Announced

Joshua Anderson, the Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has announced the call for entries to the 2014 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards. The categories for entries are the same as last year. For the full announcement go to 2014 Awards Program Announcement.


2 March 2014: The Chess Journalist Winter 2013

Interim Editor of the CJA journal The Chess Journalist Mark Taylor has mailed the latest copy of our journal dated Winter 2013. Most members should have received their copy by now. This issue will be made available for download from The Chess Journalist page about March 14, 2014.


25 February 2014: Revisions to Membership List

Several additions and corrections have been made to the Membership List page dated 14 February 2014. Any additional errors/omisions should be reported to the Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough, His contact information is available on the Directory of Officials page.


14 February 2014: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 14 February 2014. It is now available on the Membership List page.


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