2014 Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s CJA Award Winners!

Joshua Anderson, CJA Awards Committee Chairman & Chief Judge, has provided the following list of awards for the 2014 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 1 August 2014.

Prize List for 2014 CJA Awards

   Chess Journalist of the Year — Winner: Brian Jerauld, nominated by Saint Louis Chess Club      
   Best Story of the Year — Winner: Sinquefield Cup by FM Mike Klein, Submitted by USCF      
   Best Chess Column — Winner: Chess to Enjoy by GM Andy Soltis, Submitted by USCF      
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter — Winner: Northwest Chess, editor: Jeffrey Roland, Submitted by Eric Holcomb      
   Best Book (paper-printed only) — Winner: Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion by GM Andy Soltis      

   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout — Winner: Chess Life, August 2013, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                     Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by USCF    
   Best Chess Photojournalism — Winner: Oh no, a blunder!, p. 29, Chess Life July 2013 by Jorge Barrera, Submitted by USCF      
                              (Honorable Mention — Awonder Liang by Mary Sweeney, Submitted by USCF)      
   Best Chess Art — Winner: Endgame by Zena Fairwether, — Submitted by USCF      

   Best Regular Newspaper Column — Winner: Peter Henner in Altamont Enterprises      
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest — Winner: Strong Inmate Players Play for Stamps by Peter Henner    

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
   Best Tournament Report Article — Winner: This is Why We Play Chess: The 2013 Louisiana State Championship 
                     by Adam Caveney, Louisiana Chess      
   Best Features Article — Winner: A Level Playing Board (Disabilities) by Christen McCurdy, Submitted by USCF      
   Best Instructive Lesson — Winner: The Fischer Ending by IM Danny Kopec and Daniel Kostovetsky, Submitted by USCF      
                              (Honorable Mention — Filters and Masks by Dan Heisman, Submitted by Dan Heisman)    
   Best Review — Winner: “Dinos to the Slav: Silman on Apple Apps” by IM Jeremy Silman from USChess Online      
   Best Humorous Contribution — Winner: Posing by Betsy Carina Dynako (with contributions from Chris Roberts), Chess Life, Feb 2014      
                              (Honorable Mention: Philly Predicts the World Chess Championships from the US Chess Scoop, USChess Online)    
   Best Historical Article — Winner: A Rocky-like Chess Bout from the Romantic Era by David Sands      
   Best Interview — Winner: Don’t Doubt Danya by Brian Jerauld, Submitted by Saint Louis Chess Club      
   Best Analysis — Winner: Annotation of Sevillano – Hilby Game by Craig Hilby, Submitted by Randall Hough, Rank and File      

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website — Winner:, Submitted by Daniel DeLuca      
   Best General Chess Website — Winner: World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis Chess Club      
                              (Honorable – USCF)    
   Best Chess Blog — Winner: The Kenilworthian by Michael Goeller      
                              (Honorable Mention:Chess Book Reviews by John Hartmann)