2003 Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s CJA Award Winners!

Each year the Chess Journalists of America judge chess material published during the previous year and submitted to them for competition. Following the judging, awards are made in various categories. Here is a list of the awards presented in this year’s competition. The awards were first announced at the US Open Championship in August 2003.

Following is a list of categories, the winners and honorable mentions, and a list of the CJA members who judged that particular category (in parentheses). Only material originally published during the period June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003 was eligible for this competition.

CJA Judging Results for June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003
Peter J. Tamburro, Jr., Chief Judge

Cat. 1 Chess Journalist of the Year:  (by CJA vote)
Coordinated with Cramer Awards Committee

Fred Wilson won chess journalist of the year in a combined Cramer Committee / CJA members vote.

Cat. 2: Best State Chess Magazine-Open (Cramer Award Category)

1st Chess Horizons, Mark Donlan, editor

Cat. 3 Best State Magazine, Under 1000 circulation

1st Georgia Chess, Dan Lucas, editor

Cat. 4 Best Club Bulletin

1st Columbus Chess Gazette, Messrs. Tom Britt, Dave Raymond, Mike Steve, editors
HM En Passant-Journal of the Pittsburgh Chess Club, Bobby Dudley, editor

Cat. 5 Best Postal Magazine

1st The Chess Correspondent, Joseph Ganem, editor

Cat. 6 Best New Magazine

1st Squares, Bob Long, editor

Cat. 7 Most Improved Magazine

1st Chess Life, Peter Kurzdorfer, editor

Cat. 8 Best Cover

1st (Tie) August and September 2002 Chess Life; Jami L. Anson, Brian Killigrew (joint for both)

Cat. 9 Best Layout

1st Chess Horizons, Mark C. Donlan, editor
HM Chess Life, Jami L. Anson, Kathleen Merz

Cat. 10 Best Regular Magazine Column

1st Opening Secrets (Chess Life) by Susan Polgar with Paul Truong

Cat. 11 Best Magazine Tournament Report

1st Daniel King, Chess Life, Kramnik and Fritz Play to a Standoff
HM Jerry Hanken, Chess Life, Senior Open a Success in Ventura

Cat. 12 Best Regular Newspaper Column

1st Lubomir Kavalek, Washington Post
HM Jack Peters, Los Angeles Times

Cat. 13 Newspaper Column of Local Interest

1st Jack Peters, Los Angeles Times
HM Bill Cornwall, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Cat. 14 Best Newspaper Tournament Report  — No Entry

Cat. 15 Best Chess Promotion 

1st (3-way tie) Paul Truong, Chess Life, K-K goes 3-D….
1st Josh Tompkins, Los Angeles Magazine, The Rookies
1st James DuBois, Chess Horizons, The Voice of

Cat. 16 Best Press Release

1st Glenn Petersen, Chess Life, August 2002
HM Daren Dillinger, Pasadena City College

Cat. 17 Best Human Interest 

1st (3-way tie) Tim Redman, Illinois Chess Bulletin “Remembering Richard”
1st Nick Conticello, Chess Life “125 Years of the Manhattan Chess Club”
1st Joshua Tompkins, Los Angeles Magazine “The Rookies”

Cat. 18 Best Historical Article

1st (2-way tie) Mark C. Donlan, Chess Horizons, “The Sicilian Saga”
1st Nick Conticello, Chess Life, “125 Years of the Manhattan CC”

Cat. 19 Best Interview

1st Brian Killegrew, Chess Life, “Profiles in Chess: Jennifer Shahade”
HM Dan Lucas, Georgia Chess, “I trained to win…”

Cat. 20. Best Editorial

1st Maurice Ashley, his Chess Life editorial on draws.
HM Taylor (more information will be provided later)

Cat. 21 Best Humorous Article

1st Bob Basalla, Ohio Chess Bulletin, “Mate the Beatles”

Cat. 22 Best Review

1st Jennifer Shahade, Chess Life, Nov. 2002, “Victor Korchnoi’s Latest”

Cat. 23(a) Best Analysis – Opening

1st Gary Lane, Chess Horizons, “Who Remembers the Cochrane Gambit?”

Cat. 23(b) Best Analysis – Endings

1st Susan Polgar, Chess Horizons, “The Beauty of the Endgame”

Cat. 23(c) Best Analysis – Other

1st Gregory Kaidonov, Chess Life, Oct. 2002, Kaidonov-Onischuk game
HM Bent Larsen, Chess Life, Sep. 2002, “Fascinating Game”

Cat. 24 Best Instruction

1st Randy Bauer, Chess Horizons, “The Value of Activity”
HM Dan Heisman, Chess Cafe, Novice Nook

Cat. 25 Best Cartoon

1st (tie) Michael Stombaugh, October 2002 Chess Life

Cat. 26 Best Chess Art

1st Jami L. Anson, Kathleen Merz, Chess Life, October 2002 Cover

Cat. 27 Best Chess Photograph

1st Brian Killegrew, Chess Life, “Jennifer Shahade”

Cat. 28 Best State Website     (Randy Hough, Chief Judge in this category)

1st Georgia Chess Association, acting Webmaster, Ted Wieber, Sr.,

Cat. 29 Best New Website

1st Tony Heinz,
HM Peter Prochaska,

Cat. 30 Best Internet Chess News Site

  No entries received.