Sunday, September 03, 2006

Pete Tamburro chess journalism awards announced

Thanks to About Chess for pointing us to the announcement of the 2006 Chess Journalists of America (CJA) awards. Here's a small sampling:
  • Chess Journalist of the Year: Peter Tamburro

  • Best Review: Peter Tamburro (Honorable Mention)

  • Best Analysis: Peter Tamburro (1st)
Oh by the way, it just so happens that the Chief Judge of the CJA and Chairman of the Awards Committee is none other than Pete Tamburro. Draw your own conclusions.

Our friend, Howard Goldowsky, won again (for Best Interview) but as he has pointed out in the past, it is getting harder and harder to take these things seriously.

[In the spirit of full disclosure, I should point out that I received an Honorable Mention in 2005. Now, if I could just remember what I did with that certificate.]

So I was thinking, if Pete can create an awards committee and hand out accolades to himself and his friends, then so can I. Presto! The 2006 Chess Bloggies.
The entire awards committee (that's me) met in my shower this morning and are now prepared to announce the winners:
  • Best Scholastic Chess Blog focusing on the Midwestern U.S.: The 64 Square Jungle

  • Best Chess Blog based in a former republic of Yugoslavia and authored by an internet playing site admin: Chess News and Events

  • Best Chess Improvement Blog by a maniacal Dutchman on a quest to solve over 70,000 chess problems on CTS: Temposchlucker

  • The Don Q award for most humorous Chess Improvement Blog based in a tornado prone region: J'adoube

  • Best coverage of fishing in a Chess Blog: Pale Morning Dun (1st), Central Oregon Chess Journal (Honorable Mention)

  • Best Canadian Chess Blog by someone named C.: C's Chess

  • Best Canadian Chess Blog by someone not named C.: Online

  • Best coverage of otherwise unremarkable female chessplayers brought to world attention through the actions of boorish Englishmen: The Closet Grandmaster for Arianne Caoili (1st), BCM Blog for Jessie Gilbert (Honorable Mention)

  • Best coverage of Dennis Monokroussos' shows on The Chess Mind

  • Best Chess Improvement Blog with a rotating Jared from Subway looking head on the banner: Blue Devil Knight

  • Best Chess Blog representing a club in Somerville, Massachusetts: It was a close vote, but BCC Weblog squeaked it out. A recount has been demanded.
Think an award is missing? No problem, just list your own categories and award recipients in the comments. Don't feel shy about awarding yourself -- Pete didn't.

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