Last year the Big Lipowsky wrote an article called Chessidim about the proliferation of chess in the yeshiva world. Shortly before I wrote that article, I joined the Chess Journalists of America, an organization of, well, journalists who write about chess.
Every year the organization holds the Chess Journalists of America awards program. The categories focus on regular features and magazines dedicated to the game. There is one category, however, for mainstream media. So I entered Chessidim.
CJA just announced the winners and yours truly received first place in the general media category.
Perhaps this will give me the confidence boost I need to snap myself out of my recent losing streak in tournament play. Or the certificate will just look really cool on my wall.
Also notable among the winners is Pete Tamburro, a contributor to Chess Life magazine and the chess coach at The Frisch School in Paramus, which won the yeshiva chess league championship for the third year in a row in June. (I also interviewed him in Chessidim.) He received third place in the best chess column category for “My Favorite King and Pawn Endings for Students” in Chess Life for Kids magazine.