2016 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 2016 competition for best chess journalism, as announced at the annual CJA meeting on 7 August 2016.

Prize List for 2016 CJA Awards

   Chess Journalist of the Year — Winner: Al Lawrence, nominated by US Chess     
   Best Story of the Year — Winner: The Struggle by Pete Karagianis – March 2016 Chess Life, Submitted by Chess Life      
                              (Honorable Mention — The Square by Nathan Smolensky – Chess Horizons, Holiday 2015)      
   Best Chess Column — Winner: Cracked Grandmaster Tales / Why Do Grandmasters Blunder? by IM Jeremy Silman –    
   Best State Magazine/Newsletter — Winner: Northwest Chess, editor: Jeffrey Roland, Submitted by Northwest Chess      

   Best Book – Instructional (paper copy)– Winner: Is Your Move Safe? by NM Dan Heisman – Mongoose Press   
                              (Honorable Mention — Basic Chess Openings for Kids by FM Charles Hertan – New in Chess)    
   Best Book – Other (paper copy) — Winner: Jose Raul Capablanca: A Chess Biography by Miguel A. Sanchez – McFarland Pubishing   
                              (Honorable Mention — Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography by Dr. Tim Harding – McFarland Pubishing)    
   Best Electronic Book — Winner: The True Origins of Chess: Ancient Greece – Yes, India – No by Dr. Gerald M. Levitt – Gerald M. Levitt   

   Best Chess Magazine/Newsletter Layout — Winner: Chess Life, January 2016, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                     Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by US Chess    
                              (Honorable Mention — Chess Life, March 2016, edited by Daniel Lucas, 
                                 Senior Art Director Frankie Butler, Submitted by US Chess)      
   Best Chess Photojournalism — Winner: Millionaire Chess, Chess Life, January 2016, pp. 22-20, photos by David Llada, Submitted by US Chess    
   Best Single Photo — Winner: The Struggle, March 2016 Cover of Chess Life – David Llada   
   Best Chess Art — Winner: The Chess Game, Chess Life, August 2015, p. 10 – Yael Maimon   
                              (Honorable Mention — GM Walter Browne, Chess Life, cover October 2015 – Scotty Phillips)    

   Best Regular Newspaper Column — Winner: “Fearsome attacker Tate, a local favorite, dies at 58” and “A Valentine’s Day over-the-board mating match — times three” (10/27/2015 & 2/9/2016) by David Sands     
   Best Regular Newspaper Article of Local Interest — (Honorable Mention: “California Women Do Well” (5/15/2016) by Bill Cornwall)    

The following categories are open to journalist and publications both in print and those found online.
   Best Tournament Report Article — Winner: Caruana, Paikidze Clinch 1st U.S. Championships by FM Mike Klein,    
   Best Features Article — Winner: Remembering GM Walter Browne by Al Lawrence – October 2015 Chess Life, p. 32   
   Best Instructive Lesson — Winner: Going Deep by GM Jim Tarjan – November 2015 Chess Life, p. 40    
                              (Honorable Mention — Winning with Botvinnik by GM Lev Alburt- February 2016 Chess Life, p. 24)    
   Best Review — Winner: Staying Relevant by John Hartmann – January 2016 Chess Life, p. 14      
                              (Honorable Mention — Sicilian Dragon by John Hartmann- March 2016 Chess Life, p. 14)    
                              (Honorable Mention — Another Fischer Book by Vanessa West- February 16, 2016    
   Best Humorous Contribution — Winner: Pete’s Pathetic Chess: ‘Never Good’ by Pete Cilento – August 24, 2015     
   Best Historical Article — Winner: The Marshall Chess Club Turns 100 by Dr. Frank Brady – September 2015 Chess Life, p. 40    
   Best Interview — Winner: Overlapping Worlds by Dr. Tim Redman – December 2015 Chess Life, p. 39    
   Best Analysis — Winner: The Kislik Variation Reaches the Top by IM Erik Kislik – April 2016 Chess Life, p. 26      
                              (Honorable Mention — Openings for Amateurs – and Grandmasters by Pete Tamburro – March 2016 Chess Life, p. 28)    
   Best Club Newsletter/Magazine — Winner: En Passant – Pittsburgh Chess Club edited by John Barraso    
The following categories are open only to online journalist and their websites.
   Best [USCF] State Chapter Website — Winner: Illinois Chess Association, Editor-in-Chief Bill Feldman   
                              (Honorable Mention — by Daniel DeLuca)    
   Best General Chess Website — Winner:, Frank Berry (Owner/Editor), Jim Hollingsworth (Webmaster)   
   Best Electronic State Newsletter — Winner: Colorado Chess Informant, Editor: Fred Eric Spell    
                              (Honorable Mention — Iowa Chess News: En Passant, Editor: Mark Capron, Webmaster: Bethany Carson