Nominations received for
Chess Journalist of the Year (2006)


Cramer Award Category
Category 1: Chess Journalist of the Year
Original call for nominations (nominations now closed): Nominations should be sent to the Chief Judge for the CJA with a supporting statement. This should be a person who has greatly contributed to chess journalism this past year. Only work in the past year should be considered.

Cramer Award winners will receive the traditional marble obelisk and a CJA certificate.

For a full list of CJA Awards categories see: 2006 Chess Journalists of America / Cramer Journalism Awards.

Ballots for voting by CJA members will be distributed in the June 2006 issue of The Chess Journalist.
You may also email your vote to
webmaster@chessjournalism.org. Each member may vote once. Only individuals listed in the current Membership List may vote.
No specific deadline is given, but it is recommended that your vote be received by August 1 to insure it is counted.

Donlan Byrne Greengard Tamburro
Mark Donlan
Mark Donlan
(photo by Tony Cortizas)

Mark Donlan

  1. Editor for ChessCafe.com 2001-Present. Responsible for editing and creating web based articles.
  2. Editor for Russell Enterprises 2001-Present. Responsible for editing and publication design. I also produced the Dvoretskyís Endgame Manual CD for Chessbase distribution, and Minevís A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames CD for U.S. distribution.
  3. Web manager for USCFSales.com. Responsible for updates, product placement, etc.
  4. Editor for Chess Horizons, the magazine of the Massachusetts Chess Association (www.masschess.org), since September 2000. Responsible for content and design.
  5. Editorial consultant for Lev Alburtís Building Up Your Chess.
  6. Editorial consultant for Susan Polgarís Chess in 24 Hours.
  7. Editorial consultant for Michael de la Mazaís Rapid Chess Improvement.
  8. Freelance proofreader for Thinkersí Press, Inc. 1999-2001.
  9. United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach and Correspondence Candidate Master.
  10. Chess Instructor, teaching Middle and Elementary School students since 1997. Responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum.
  11. Chief Fund Advisor and Tournament Director for the Mark Hayden Fineman Memorial Chess Tournament, which awards annual grants of $1,900.00 and is administered by the Boston Foundation.
  12. Cape Cod Times Chess Columnist 1993-1997.
  13. Founder and editor of the Cape Chess League Letter, a bimonthly newsletter published 1993-2000.
  14. Contributor/reviewer to Chess Horizons magazine, Caissaís Chess News, Georgia Chess magazine, PennsWoodPusher, and ChessCafe.com.

Robert Byrne

Robert Byrne

For his exellent work in Chess Life and his very nice column in the New York Times.

[Many of Robert Byrne's most recent columns are available via the New York Times Crosswords and Games Columns index. -- Webmaster]


Mig Greengard

Mig Greengard

For his fine work for ChessBase.com and for his work as the webmaster of the US Championship, especially for the witty and innovative player blogs.

[You can check out Mig's current work at his web site Chess Ninja and The Daily Dirt Chess Blog. -- Webmaster]


Pete Tamburro

Peter Tamburro (nominated by two people)

First statement:

I nominate Peter J. Tamburro, Jr. for the CJA "Chess Journalist of the Year" award. Pete has made a tremendous contribution to chess journalism throughout his long career as a teacher, author, and commentator, but within the last year his articles in Chess Life on the USCF elections, the US Amateur Team Tournament East, book reviews, along with his superb opening analysis and instruction offered on chess.fm and Pete's Forum on the NJSCF website make him, in my opinion, the most worthy recipient available for the next "CJA Chess Journalist of Year" honor. If it doesn't sound too conceited on my part, I will end this note by saying "it takes one to know one"-if I deserved this award in 2003 I believe Pete deserves it even more now.

Second statement:

  • Peter has a weekly lecture on chess for chess.fm, a service of ICC.
  • Peter is editor of an instructional chess book done by the Kasparov Chess Foundation under the direction of Mike Khodarkovsky, which is due for publication this summer.
  • Peter has reviewed several books for Chess Life, and has provided tournament coverage of the U.S. Amateur Team Championship -East for CL.
  • Peter continues to support the CJA by acting as chief judge for this year's CJA awards.
  • He is a regular contributor to the new Chess Life for Kids.
  • He has been writing the weekly chess column for the Newark Star-Ledger for more than 12 years.
  • He doesn't miss deadlines.

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