Judges for Annual CJA Awards Program (2017)


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 2017 see: 2017 Chess Journalists of America Awards.

List of Judges:

 

Joshua Anderson
Dan Lucas
GM Andy Soltis
John Donaldson
Matt Bengtson
Randall Hough
Howard Goldowsky
FM Mike Klein
Bill Feldman
Dan Heisman

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.

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 is an 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.

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. "

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.

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."

Melinda Matthews
Melinda Matthews

Melinda Matthews

Melinda J. Matthews joined US Chess as its Assistant Editor in April 2017. She has been a writer and blogger for US Chess since 2010, when she began chronicling her son’s scholastic chess adventures for Chess Life Online. Her work earned several Best of CLO wins for what 2011’s judging article called her “personal and lyrical accounts” of their chess trips. Melinda also contributed the feature story and sidebar articles for Chess Life’s 2013 SuperNationals coverage. She holds a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from The George Washington University (Washington, DC).


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