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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.


29 November 2013: All three 2012 issues of The Chess Journalist now available on-line

CJA Interim Editor Mark Taylor has provided PDF files for all three 2012 issues of The Chess Journalist for our on-line archive. You can download these issues at our Journal web page.


Congratulations to the Winners of the Annual CJA Awards!

3 August 2013: Annual CJA Awards Announced

The CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge Joshua Anderson has announced the winners of the annual CJA Awards Competition. To see the list of winners go to 2013 Awards Recipients.


9 July 2013: Date/Time Set for Annual CJA Meeting

Here is an edited copy of an email received from our Interim President Frank Niro:

The schedule for the US Open is in the Delegate's Call. It shows the CJA meeting on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 3 PM to 4 PM.

Here is the link to the 2013 USCF Delegates Call.

Best wishes. Hope to see you on the 2nd of August. You willingness to support the organization actively is very much appreciated.


4 July 2013: Entries Received List for CJA Awards Program (Updated)

Joshua Anderson, our Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has provided an updated list of entries received. There may be minor adjustments made shortly. As soon as the list is finalized many of the entries listed will have links added to make it easy to view the entries on-line.

See 2013 Entries Received-2.


26 June 2013: From the CJA Awards Chairman:

Deadline for annual CJA Awards competition extended to June 28, 2013.

If you wish to send an entry for the 2013 CJA Awards competition there is still time. The entry date has been extended to Friday, June 28, 2013. The original announcement of the awards program is at 2013 Awards Program Announcement

The date/time for the annual CJA meeting at the US Open Championship in Madison, WI, is not yet available but hopefully will be available after mid-July. When available this information will be posted on this site. A reasonable guess, based on last year's meeting time, is that it will be on Friday afternoon August 2.


18 June 2013: Entries Received List for CJA Awards Program

Joshua Anderson, our Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has provided a list of entries received. It should be complete, except for the USCF entries which are not shown.

See 2013 Entries Received.


30 May 2013: Biography of CJA Vice-President Jeff Roland now posted

You can read the CJA biography of Jeff Roland at Jeff Roland Biography.


27 May 2013: 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 2013 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards. For the full announcement go to 2013 Awards Program Announcement.


24 May 2013: From the CJA Awards Chairman:
Entries for annual CJA Awards competition due by June 15, 2013.

See p. 41 of the May 2013 Chess Life magazine for details of competition. Information will be posted on this site shortly.


CJA President Frank Niro
CJA President
Frank Niro
CJA VP Jeff Roland
VP Jeff Roland

11 April 2013: Interim President and Vice-President Approved by Board

Past Interim President Al Lawrence invited Frank Niro to serve as the new Interim CJA President and Jeff Roland to serve as the new Interim CJA Vice-President. Congratulations to both of these gentlemen on their unanimous approval by the board and thanks for their willingness to serve! They took over their new duties effective March 25, 2013. The CJA Directory page has been updated.

You can read a biography of Frank Niro at Frank Niro Biography.

A biography of Jeff Roland will be posted soon. [Jeff Roland bio now posted. 30-May-2013.]


20 September 2012: Our Awards Committee Chairman Joshua Anderson has provided additional information on the publication details for the winners in the annual competition. The 2012 Awards Winners web page has been updated with this information.


12 September 2012: Correction to 2012 Awards List: there was a tie for Best Analysis - Mikenas Benoni (Larry Evans and Cory Evans) and Opposites Attract (David Vigorito) are co-winners.


2 September 2012: Mike Klein named CJA Chess Journalist of the Year

Contratulations to Mike Klein on being named Chess Journalist of the Year in this year's CJA journalism awards. Learn more about this excellent chess journalist by reading the USCF interview by Jennifer Shahade: Interview with Mike Klein, Chess Journalist of the Year.


2 September 2012: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 30 August 2012. It is now available on the Membership List page.


26 August 2012: Rusty Miller receives USCF Award

It has come to my attention that CJA member and Chairman of the CJA Ethics Committee Russell (Rusty) Miller was presented the Meritorious Service award for 2012 by the USCF during the annual awards banquet at the US Open (Kevin Korsmo also received this award). His wife Kathy Miller also received an Honorary Chess Mates award. Both were presented plaques. They are listed, along with previous winners, on p. 36 of the 2012 Delegates' Call.

For a report and photo see News Report.
Rusty Miller also provided a link to his US Open photos.

-- Webmaster


10 August 2012: News Flash ... CJA Awards Announced

The awards in the annual CJA journalism competition have been announced.

Go to Awards Announcement.


9 August 2012: Chairman of Awards Committee Conveys Thanks

Joshua Anderson, Chairman of the Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has expressed his gratitude and thanks to both those who entered the annual CJA Awards program and those who worked so hard judging the entries. There was a lot of quality chess journalism entered this year.

The Judges were:
  • Dan Heisman
  • J. Franklin Campbell
  • Joshua M. Anderson
  • Peter Tamburro
  • James Quinn
  • Myron Lieberman
  • Rachel Lieberman
  • Howard Goldowsky
  • Eric Johnson
  • Arlen Walker
  • Mark Taylor
  • Peter Minear
  • Diego Garces
  • Dan Lucas
  • Al Lawrence
  • Rodion Rubenchik
  • Dov Gorman

The results of the awards competition will be announced at the annual CJA meeting tomorrow afternoon (August 10) at the site of the U. S. Open Championship in Vancouver, Washington. The list of winners will be posted on this site shortly after the official announcement.


25 July 2012: USCF Delegates' Call available on-line

For those interested in the upcoming USCF meetings during the U. S. Open Chess Championship in Vancouver, Washington the document containing the pertinent information (various official reports, agendas, awards, delegates list, workshop schedules, etc.) is available at the USCF web site. See 2012 Delegates' Call.

The annual CJA meeting is listed for 3:00pm on Friday, August 10, 2012.


20 July 2012: Entries Received List for CJA Awards Program

Joshua Anderson, our Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has provided the following information on this year's awards program:

Dear Everyone,

Thank you all for your patience.  As many of you know from past volunteering with this project, the CJA Awards provide a unique and exciting challenge for all involved.  The list that follows is those items that have been entered into the competition [see 2012 Entries Received].  If you feel that an item of yours is missing, please contact Joshua M. Anderson at joshuamiltonanderson@gmail.com as soon as possible!  Again, thank you all for your interest and I look forward to completion of this years awards over the next few weeks.

Sincerely,

Joshua


9 June 2012: Awards Deadline Approaches

The deadline for entries in the annual CJA Awards program for excellence in chess journalism is fast approaching so please send in your entries right away. Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge Joshua Anderson has asked me to remind entrants of a few important details.

  1. Send entries to:
        Joshua Anderson
        31 Summit Ave.
        Paoli, PA 19301
  2. Specify clearly into which category each item is to be entered (see announcement for category names). For some useful guidelines on the category descriptions see 2010 General Information.
  3. Make out all checks to "CJA"
  4. Either send hard copy or the URL for each entry for judging. The Chief Judge will convert the hard copies to PDF files and distribute these and/or the URLs to the individual judges for judging.

A list of entries received should become available at this web site in the near future to allow confirmation of entries received. For more details about the competition see the announcement.

--- Webmaster


12 May 2012: Annual CJA Awards Program Announced

Joshua Anderson, our new Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has announced the annual call for entries to the 2012 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards.

As we approach our annual USCF U.S. Open, we at the Chess Journalists of America once again send out a call for nominations to our Annual Chess Journalists of America Chess Journalism Awards.  The CJA awards honor the best in all facets of chess journalism.  From journalism in print to those written and published online, the most excellent in chess articles, columns, photojournalism, infographics, layout and online are honored within their respective categories.  Recognized annually by their peers, the public and members of CJA, the prestigious awards showcase work in the categories listed below which were published between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.  Submissions must be received by June 15, 2012. ... [for the full announcement go to 2012 Awards Program Announcement.]


12 May 2012: Annual CJA Awards Program Announced

Joshua Anderson, our new Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has announced the annual call for entries to the 2012 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards.

As we approach our annual USCF U.S. Open, we at the Chess Journalists of America once again send out a call for nominations to our Annual Chess Journalists of America Chess Journalism Awards.  The CJA awards honor the best in all facets of chess journalism.  From journalism in print to those written and published online, the most excellent in chess articles, columns, photojournalism, infographics, layout and online are honored within their respective categories.  Recognized annually by their peers, the public and members of CJA, the prestigious awards showcase work in the categories listed below which were published between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.  Submissions must be received by June 15, 2012. ... [for the full announcement go to 2012 Awards Program Announcement.]


Daniel Freeman
Daniel Freeman

13 April 2012: New Webmaster for CJA

In the near future CJA will be welcoming a new webmaster. Daniel Freeman, webmaster and co-founder of Chessgames.com, has agreed to take over as webmaster for CJA replacing the current webmaster J. Franklin Campbell, who created the original CJA web site in 1999 and has served as webmaster since then. Franklin Campbell will continue performing the webmaster duties till the transition is complete.

--- current CJA Webmaster


4 April 2012: Chairman of CJA Awards Committee Resigns

The Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee Ramon Hernandez has submitted a letter of resignation. I wish to state my congratulations to him on a job well done and thank him for his years of service to CJA and all its members. Thanks, Ramon! --- CJA Webmaster

Ramon has provided the following announcement:

"R. Hernandez has resigned as chair of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Awards Judge.  He has mailed the awards certificates to get signed by former CJA President, GM Kosteniuk and they will be in each winner and runner-up individual's hands in a couple of weeks.  Stay tuned to this website for additional information on the Annual CJA Award competitions."


15 March 2012: Two issues of The Chess Journalist added to the on-line archive

CJA Interim Editor Mark Taylor has provided PDF files of the last two issues of The Chess Journalist for our on-line archive. You can download these issues at our Journal web page. The issues are the Spring-Summer 2011 Consec 139-140 and Fall 2011 Consec 141 issues.


6 March 2012: CJA Directory Updated

Our Directory has been updated to indicate our current Interim President Albert Lawrence. See: CJA Directory of Officials page. The email address for the president has also been corrected to forward messages to Al Lawrence.


7 November 2011: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 7 November 2011. It is now available on the Membership List page.


14 August 2011: CJA awards report

CJA Awards Committee Chairman Ramon A. Hernandez has submitted his committee report, which contains the details of voting by the judges. To avoid delays in publication of the winners the entire report has been uploaded. To find the winners scroll down to page 12 of the report. To download the PDF document click: 2011 Awards Committee Report


11 August 2011: Announcement of annual CJA awards winners delayed

Due to the unfortunate hospitalization of the CJA Awards Committee Chairman, who also is serving as the Chief Judge, the list of winners of the annual CJA competition for best chess journalism is not available. As soon as this information becomes available it will be published on this web site. We offer our apologies for this unavoidable delay.


25 July 2011: Latest two issues of The Chess Journalist now available on-line

CJA Interim Editor Mark Taylor has provided PDF files of the last two issues of The Chess Journalist for our on-line archive. You can download these issues at our Journal web page.


19 June 2011: Join CJA via Paypal

CJA President Alexandra Kosteniuk has set up new links on her Chess King shop (all the way to the bottom of the page) allowing membership fees to be paid via Paypal. Now you can join either by sending a check or by making payment via Paypal. Go to our Join CJA page to find directions for joining the Chess Journalists of America.


18 June 2011: Annual Awards Program Announcement on Chess News BLOG

CJA President Alexandra Kosteniuk has arranged for a complete announcement of the annual CJA Awards Program to be posted on her BLOG. See 2011 Awards Program Announcement.


9 June 2011: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 9 June 2011. It is now available on the Membership List page.


1 June 2011: Call for Contributions for next issue of The Chess Journalist

Mark Taylor, who is currently editing our journal The Chess Journalist, has put out a call for material for the next issue. He needs the material by June 15. See his announcement here.


23 April 2011: Annual CJA Awards Program Announced

Ramon A. Hernandez, Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has announced the annual call for entries to the 2011 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards. The CJA awards honor the best in all facets of chess journalism. From journalism in print to those written and published online, the most excellent in chess articles, columns, photojournalism, infographics, layout and online are honored within their respective categories. Winners will be recognized in Chess Life and The Chess Journalist and will receive certificates."

[for full schedule click here or download the instructions in PDF format 2011 Awards Program Instructions. The entry for can be downloaded here.]


Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

29 September 2010: Mark Taylor to edit next issue of Journal

CJA Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough just issued the following announcement:

In the wake of John Hillery's untimely passing, we are happy to announce that Mark Taylor, editor of Georgia Chess (and winner of plenty of CJA awards), has agreed to take on the task of producing the next issue. Mark is associate professor of English at Berry College and is currently preparing an extensive annotated bibliography of chess narratives in English. We are extremely fortunate that he stepped up. Mark can be reached at senioreditor@georgiachess.org [email link corrected 10/04/2010]. Our publication schedule slipped severely during John's illness, so this will be a double issue for June and September.  The mailing list will include those whose memberships lapsed during the last two few months but did not receive renewal notices.


John Hillery (2009)
John Hillery

23 September 2010: CJA Editor John Hillery Dies

"John Hillery, longtime editor of The Chess Journalist and of Southern California's magazine Rank & File, passed away following an illness of several months. ..." Read Randall Hough's Obituary of CJA Editor John Hillery.


3 September 2010: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 3 September 2010. It is now available on the Membership List page.

The links to Paypal formerly on the Join CJA page have been removed since they are not currently functioning. Hopefully this will be corrected in the near future. Till then you can still join CJA by sending our Secretary/Treasurer a check.



NM Dan Heisman
Chess Journalist
of the Year

29 July 2010: Annual CJA Awards Announcement

CJA Awards Committee Chairman Ramon A. Hernandez has announced the winners of the annual awards competition. He has also presented a comprehensive awards committee report.

See: 2010 Awards Recipients
See: 2010 Awards Committee Report (PDF file)

Congratulations to the 2010 Chess Journalist of the Year NM Dan Heisman! Read his statement here.


27 July 2010: From Alexandra Kosteniuk, Women's World Chess Champion and CJA President

Dear CJA Membership:

Sorry I cannot be there with you all today at the CJA annual meeting, since I am in Europe for a few months competing in various international chess tournaments including the Chess Olympiads and the Women's World Chess Championship, both in classical chess and in blitz chess. I will be back in Miami before the end of the year, ready to take on new challenges for 2011, both in competition and in Chess Journalism. ... For complete message click here.

CJA annual meeting will be held at US Open on Wednesday morning August 4, 2010


13 July 2010: The Chess Journalist issue for March 2010 now on-line

Our editor John Hillery has provided the March 2010 issue of our journal in PDF format and it has been added to our downloads. To read or download this issue go to the The Chess Journalist page and click on the March link in the 2010 row.


2 July 2010: CJA Awards Web Site

Judging of this year's CJA Awards entries has begun. All judges should have received their judging packets by now and begun evaluating the entries. Ramon A. Hernandez, Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has established a special web site for the 2010 Awards Program to allow the judges to communicate. This awards committee website also provides downloadable files of the entries available for the membership to view.


25 June 2010: Entries Received for Awards Program

Ramon A. Hernandez, Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, has announced the entries received for the 2010 competition. See Entries Received.


10 June 2010: Awards Program Deadline Changed to 22 June 2010

The awards program announcement has been changed and the deadline for entries has been extended to June 22, 2010. For the modified full announcement click here or download the revised PDF format version at 2010 Awards Program Instructions.


12 April 2010: Annual CJA Awards Program Announced

"Recipient of the 2009 Chess Journalist of the Year Award and Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk, President of the Chess Journalists of America, and Ramon A. Hernandez, Chairman of the CJA Awards Committee and Chief Judge, announce their annual call for entries to the 2010 Annual CJA Chess Journalism Awards. The CJA awards honor the best in all facets of chess journalism. From journalism in print to those written and published online, the most excellent in chess articles, columns, photojournalism, infographics, layout and online are honored within their respective categories. Winners will be recognized in Chess Life and The Chess Journalist and will receive certificates. ..."

[for full announcement click here or download the PDF format 2010 Awards Program Instructions REVISED 06/10/2010]


11 April 2010: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 11 April 2010. It is now available on the Membership List page.


16 March 2010: CJA Membership now available via Paypal

Our President Alexandra Kosteniuk has added payment for CJA membership to her personal on-line shop, so payment for CJA membership can now be made using Paypal. For more information see the Join CJA page.


15 March 2010: The Chess Journalist issue for December 2009 now on-line

Our editor John Hillery has provided the December 2009 issue of our journal in PDF format and it has been added to our downloads. To read or download this issue go to the The Chess Journalist page and click on the Dec link in the 2009 row.


12 March 2010: New Awards Committee Chairman / Randy Hough appointed Secretary/Treasurer

The officers have accepted with great regret Jonathan Hilton's resignation as Awards Chairman because of his college responsibilities, and approved by a 4-0 vote his recommendation of Ramon Hernandez as the new Chairman.

With no qualified candidates having offered themselves for Secretary/Treasurer and Randy Hough having offered to continue, the officers have voted 3-0-1 (Hough abstaining) to remove the "Acting" designation from his job title.

The vacant vice presidency will be discussed at the annual meeting this August.


23 February 2010: Updated Membership List

Our Secretary/Treasurer Randall Hough has provided an updated CJA membership list, effective 23 February 2010. It is now available on the Membership List page.


Alexandra Kosteniuk
CJA President
Alexandra Kosteniuk

25 January 2010: Updated Membership List / USCF Workshop Schedule

The CJA Directory of Officials and CJA email addresses have been updated to reflect changes after the death of Jerry Hanken. Our new president is Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, who was elevated from her previous position as Vice-President. The Vice-President position is temporarily vacant.


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