2015 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 2015 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 7 August 2015.

Prize List for 2015 CJA Awards

   Chess Journalist of the Year — Winner: Mike Klein , nominated by U. S. Chess Federation     
   Best Story of the Year — Winner: Reconnecting with Caissa by GM James Tarjan – January 2015 Chess Life, Submitted by Chess Life      
   Best Chess Column — Winner: The Practical Endgame by GM Daniel Narditsky – Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention — Novice Nook by NM Daniel Heisman –      
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter — Winner: Northwest Chess, editor: Jeffrey Roland, Submitted by Eric Holcomb      
   Best Book (paper-printed only) — Winner: Liquidation on the Chess Board by GM Joel Benjamin – New In Chess   
                              (Honorable Mention — The Classical Era of Modern Chess by Peter J. Monté – McFarland & Company, Inc.)      

   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout — Winner: Chess Life, August 2014, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                     Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by USCF    
                              (Honorable Mention — Chess Life, November 2014, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                                 Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by USCF)      
   Best Chess Photojournalism — Winner: November 2014 Cover of Chess Life, photos by Austin Fuller, Submitted by USCF      
                              (Honorable Mention — December 2014 Cover of NorthWest Chess – Adam Porth, photographer & NorthWest Chess)      
   Best Chess Art — Winner: Square One, December 2014 Cover of Chess Life – Keith Halonen   
                              (Honorable Mention — “Chess and the Blackfeet Nation”, March 2015 Cover of Chess Life – Sue Todd)      

   Best Regular Newspaper Column — Winner: A Knight’s Tour by Bill Cornwall      
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest — Winner: Gareyev Repeats at American by Bill Cornwall    

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
   Best Tournament Report Article — Winner: Fire and Ice by Mike Klein, November 2014 Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention — Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before by Mike Klein, August 2014 Chess Life)    
   Best Features Article — Winner: Reconnecting with Caissa by GM James Tarjan – January 2015 Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention — How to Catch a Chess Cheater by Howard Goldowsky – June 2014 Chess Life)    
   Best Instructive Lesson — Winner: The Browne Endgame by IM Danny Kopec and Daniel Kostovetsky – June 2014 Chess Life      
   Best Review — Winner: Unwrapping the Enigma by John Hartmann – January 2015 Chess Life      
   Best Humorous Contribution — Winner: He is
 Virtually Unbeatable as Black by Colin Patterson – March 2015 Chess Life     
   Best Historical Article — Winner: Our Diamond Anniversary by Al Lawrence – September 2014 Chess Life    
                              (Honorable Mention — The Match That Wasn’t by Neil Brennen- July 2014 Chess Life)      
   Best Analysis — Winner: July Madness by GM Ilya Smirin – September 2014 Chess Life      

The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website — Winner:, Submitted by Daniel DeLuca      
   Best Chess Blog — Winner: Chess Book Reviews by John Hartmann