Judges for Annual CJA Awards Program (2016)


Welcome to the judges page.  Many of our judges take time from their own busy lives and interesting projects to help us judge the Awards Program.  As a thank you for their help, we wanted to give them an opportunity to publicize their current work and projects.
-- Joshua Anderson, Awards Chairman and CJA President

For an announcement of the awards program for 2016 see: 2016 Chess Journalists of America Awards.

List of Judges:

 

Joshua Anderson
J. Franklin Campbell
Dan Heisman
Peter Minear
FM Dov Gorman
Pete Tamburro

Mark Taylor
Dan Lucas
Howard Goldowsky

Eric C. Johnson
FM Matthew Bengtson
GM Andy Soltis
IM John Donaldson
Rob Fusco
Dr. Robert Ferguson
Harvey Lerman
John Hartmann
Randy Hough

Mark Capron
Bill Feldman
Myron and Rachel Lieberman
David Sands
FM Mike Klein
John Barroso
Vanessa West
Michael Ciamarra
NM Erick Garcia

Joshua Anderson
Joshua Anderson

Joshua Anderson

Current President of the CJA and Coordinating Judge.  He has written for Chess Life (Calls for Submissions/Result reports) and Chess Life Online - http://www.uschess.org/content/view/11984/688/ "Dancing Around Chess at the Philadelphia Art Museum."

Joshua has taught classes/camps for Silver Knights/Shining Knights for almost 9 years and in that capacity taught thousands of students, several of whom have made top 100 lists.  He has also taught numerous private students, including two who have made top 100 lists and won state scholastic titles.   He is a Senior Tournament Director who has directed over 150 tournaments, including the Holly Heisman Memorial charity event for the last seven years.

He is currently involved with three projects for McFarland: researching the Byrne brothers, editing a volume about the Best of Chess Life, and contributing to a work on the 1958 Baltimore Colts.  Joshua lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his lovely and patient wife and small menagerie of 1 cat, 5 rabbits, 3 turtles, 1 bird, and some fish.

Peter Tamburro
Peter Tamburro

Peter Tamburro

A past president of the CJA and Journalist of the Year, Pete Tamburro has won over 20 CJA awards in over 10 different categories. He has written for Chess Life since 1973,  Chess Life (for) Kids since its inception in 2006 and British Chess Magazine for the last three years. He co-founded the Atlantic Chess News with Glenn Petersen in 1973 and is currently the editor of the ACN Annual. He has run a three times a week puzzle column at www.arcamax.com since 2006 and runs a message board on the openings on the NJSCF website.

He has also had published two books, Learn Chess from the Greats (Dover, 2000) and Openings for Amateurs (Mongoose, 2014). He also was the editor of the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s multi-volume Teaching Chess Step by Step which was directed toward elementary school teachers for their programs. He has also published one on one interviews with Tal, Karpov and Kasparov as well as other notable chess players and authors. His interview with Frank Brady on Fischer and other reminiscences, originally published in the September 1999 issue of The Chess Journalist, is available on the CJA site (see Interview: Frank Brady). Pete is a retired teacher of US history and has been published on his local history work in a book and magazines. He has three sons of whom he is quite proud and lives in Morristown, NJ.

J. Franklin Campbell, CJA Webmaster
J. Franklin Campbell

J. Franklin Campbell

Created the CJA Web Site in 1999 and has been the only webmaster of this site since then.

Member of CJA starting in 1987.

Wrote the column "The Campbell Report" for the APCT News Bulletin (American Postal Chess Tournaments magazine) for 18 years. Many of the columns can be seen at http://jfcampbell.us/CampbellReport/apctcol/apct.htm.

Maintained a personal correspondence chess web site for many years. See: http://jfcampbell.us/CampbellReport.

Numerous other articles and photos have been published.

Randall Hough
Randall Hough

Randall Hough

Former Master, USCF Executive Board six years, CJA Secretary/Treasurer 1996-2015, two-time prize winner.

Matthew Bengtson
FM Matthew Bengtson
(photo by Stacey Fitzlpatrick)

FM Matthew Bengtson

FM Matthew Bengtson, a retired FIDE master, wrote numerous articles for Chess Horizons, including a sprawling analysis over many pages of a minor-piece endgame that won a CJA award for Best Analysis. As a teacher and coach he has taught in the Masters of the 21st Century program, and in summer camps in the Philadelphia area. As a private coach, has worked with some talented junior players. Recently highlighted on My Best Move column, Mr. Bengtson is a renowned concert pianist who has performed internationally, including two appearances at the US Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis. He has just been named Assistant Professor of Piano Literature at the University of Michigan.

Daniel Lucas
Daniel Lucas

Daniel Lucas
US Chess Director of Publications; Editor, Chess Life

Dan has served as the Director of Publications for the US Chess Federation since 2005. His main job duty is editing Chess Life magazine, which is celebrating its 70th year as a publication in 2016. As Director of Publications, he also oversees Chess Life for Kids and a laundry list of in-house publications while managing a telecommuting staff that ranges from California to the United Kingdom.

FM Mike Klein
FM Mike Klein

FM Mike Klein

FM Mike Klein is a two-time Chess Journalist of the Year. He currently works as the Director of Content for Chess.com and ChessKid.com, recording instructional videos and providing on-site tournament report. He also occasionally contributes to Chess Life. He has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was a past national scholastic champion. He coached chess full time for 15 years and he currently aspires to be the world number one in "3-checks."

John Barroso
John Barroso

John Barroso

Statistics Professor, Pittsburgh Chess Club Board of Directors, En Passant Newsletter Editor, former Amateur Photographer. 

Myron and Rachel Lieberman 2015
Myron and Rachel Lieberman

Myron and Rachel Lieberman

Myron was on the USCF Policy Board from 1978-1987 holding the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. He is currently the Chair of the US Chess Outreach Committee. He is a National Tournament Director, International Arbiter, chess organizer, promoter and teacher. He was President of the Arizona Chess Association for over 20 years.  He has been a writer and editor for a number of chess publications and is a columnist for a local music publication.

Rachel was on the USCF Executive Board as Secretary from 1993 to 1999 and is the founder and project leader for the US Chess Outreach Committee's CAPA (Chess as a Positive Alternative) project. Both were officers of the Tempe Chess Club for over 40 years. They are both US Chess Delegates at Large and currently do what they can to involve today's youth with chess and firmly believe that chess is a good solution to many of the ills of today's society.

Harvey Herman
Harvey Lerman

Harvey Lerman

I have been the Editor of floridaCHESS since 1996 and broke the news on “Space Chess”. Have been on the Florida Chess Association (FCA) Board continuously since 1996, serving as Vice President until 2009 when I assumed the post of President. Previous to that I was a high Class A chess player and a founder of several chess clubs. I later organized large scholastic and adult tournaments and now am a USCF National Tournament Director and a FIDE National Arbiter. I have led the push to have events in other areas of the state, by holding the 2011 State Championship in Naples Beach. I judge others and myself on three principles: Competence, Fairness, and Honesty.

Rob Fusco
Rob Fusco

Rob Fusco

Mr. Fusco has made a lucrative career of scholastic chess instruction since 2002.  He is a USCF certified trainer and tournament director.  In his spare time he travels the world in search of bronze age artifacts and curates at many galleries both domestically and abroad.  His voice is heard occasionally on BBC radio in the UK, and he enjoys part time work as private consultant to political figureheads as well as art and music industry luminaries.  Rob claims to be a prolific writer, though there is little evidence of this.

Rob is available for interviews and ad hoc jobs pursuing exotic opportunity. RobFusco@gmail.com

Mark Capron
Mark Capron

Mark Capron

When I was about 5 years old I was at my Grandmother’s house and my Uncle had a game of chess set up in the basement.  I asked him to show me how to play.  He said it was too complicated for me.  I pestered and pestered him the rest of the day.  Finally he gave in, but said that he was only going to show me one time how the pieces moved and if I forgot after that it was my own fault.  I am not sure if I really remembered all the moves or he helped some, but from then on the game became a lifelong passion.  Soon after I received as a birthday present my first two books on Chess: Lasker’s Manual of Chess and Mason’s Art of Chess.  That was it, I was hooked on Chess Literature.  I began collecting any and all books, articles, etc. I have a Chess Library of about 1000 volumes (now I just need the time to read them all).  About 15 years ago I took over as the editor of the Iowa Chess News En Passant and have been doing it ever since.  The En Passant has won a few CJA Awards over the years.  I have had articles in Chess Life, Chess Life Online and one of my correspondence games appeared in a book called Thinkers’ Chess by Stephan Gerzadowicz.  I served as judge in the CJA Awards about 5 years ago and am very happy to be doing it again.

Dr. Robert Ferguson
Dr. Robert Ferguson

Dr. Robert Ferguson

A former member of the USCF Executive Board and Scholastic Council, Bob has been organizing and running chess clubs and tournaments for nearly 50 years. He is the founder of the Castle Chess Camp, the American Chess School, and the USA Junior Chess Olympics. He is also one of the members of editorial board for the Journal of Chess Research.

Ferguson has written a number of chess articles and served as editor for Bradford Chess and the Scholastic Update. He is perhaps best known for his more than seven years of research on the educational benefits of chess and his articles published on numerous websites, as well as a variety of magazines and books. Dr. Tim Redman awarded Bob the accolade of “Dean of Chess and Education” in 2002 and acknowledged him as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the educational benefits of chess.

In addition, Dr. Ferguson served as the Pennsylvania State Scholastic Director from 1989 through 2000 and has served as chief or assistant TD at the Pennsylvania state scholastic championships and some national events. 

Howard Goldowsky
Howard Goldowsky

Howard Goldowsky

"Howard Goldowsky has been writing long-form profiles of chess players and chess personalities for 20 years. His first major piece was a profile of Mig Greengard for the once great and now defunct Chess Cafe website. His latest major piece, in 2014, was "How to Catch a Chess Cheater," a profile of IM and Computer Science Professor Ken Regan, for Chess Life. Goldowsky's work from the first decade of his writing career has been collected in Engaging Pieces (Daowood & Brighton, 2007), and in 2010 Goldowsky edited the chess short story anthology Masters of Technique (Mongoose Press). The title of his next chess book will be something like Man Over Board: Enjoying Chess with the Fish. "

David Sands
David Sands

David Sands

David Sands has been a reporter and editor at the Washington Times since 1987, covering business, economics, Capitol Hill and foreign affairs. He is currently assistant managing editor of the Times and Foreign News editor. He has published a weekly column on local, national and international chess news and events since 1993, succeeding the late Ed Albaugh, the chess columnist for the Washington Star and the Washington Times.

Eric C. Johnson
Eric C. Johnson

Eric C. Johnson

Eric C. Johnson has played or been involved in chess for over 35 years. He first began playing in US Chess Federation-rated tournaments in 1980. His peak rating of 2227 makes him a USCF National Master. Johnson worked for the US Chess Federation as an Assistant Director of National Events from 1994 to 1999. He is the organizer and one of the founding members of the Allentown Center City Chess Club. He holds a Master's Degree in Psychology from Lehigh University.

Michael Ciamarra
Michael Ciamarra

Michael Ciamarra

Michael Ciamarra is a FIDE Instructor and United States Chess Federation certified Advanced Coach.  He is the chess columnist for The Birmingham News, Huntsville Times, and Mobile Press Register (AL.COM).  He writes on international and local events, annotates games, reviews books and publishes chess puzzles.

Michael mentors and coaches chess teachers on best practices, chess technique and how to build community coalitions for scholastic chess. Michael serves as chess coach to older, low vision and blind Veterans in a volunteer program he developed for the United States Veterans Medical Center called Brain Games For Healthy Living – Checkmating Alzheimer’s.

He developed the partnership between the Alabama Chess Federation and the Alabama State Department of Education. This unique collaboration resulted in one of the first of its kind in the nation – a fully funded, statewide Chess in the Schools Initiative.

Professionally he works on legislative matters for the State of Alabama. He has six children and lives in Trussville, Alabama, where he spends many a quiet evening working through countless endgame studies!

John Hartmann
John Hartmann

John Hartmann

John Hartmann is Chess Life’s review columnist and has also written for the British Chess Magazine. He is a chess teacher and organizer in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also serves as the President of the Nebraska State Chess Association. John moonlights as a stay-at-home dad to an adorable toddler.


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