2019 US Chess Annual Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 US Chess Annual Awards, presented Saturday at the US Chess Awards Luncheon.

Full details, including photographs of Award winners, can be found in our 2019 Annual Report.

Distinguished Service Award – Francisco Guadalupe (TX), Dr. Mark Glickman (MA)

Outstanding Career Achievement Award – Stephen Schneider (GA), Fred Wilson (NY), Richard ​Koepcke​ (NCA)​

Meritorious Services Award – Dr. Clyde Smith (SC), Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield  (MO)​

Special Services Award – Peter Dyson (FL), Sam and Miller Copeland (SC), Robert Simpson (NY)​

Tournament Director Lifetime Achievement Award – Steve Immitt (NY)​

Accessibility and Special Circumstances Person of the Year – Alex Relyea (NH)​

Chess City of the Year – Philadelphia, PA​

Chess Club of the Year – The Charlotte Chess Center (NC)​

Chess College of the Year – University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley​

Committee of the Year – Ethics Committee​

Frank J. Marshall Award – GM Melikset Khachiyan (CA)​

Grandmaster of the Year – GM Hikaru Nakamura (NY), GM Sam Shankland (NCA)​

Honorary Chess Mate – Carolyn Weeramantry (NY)​

Koltanowski Awards​

  • Gold – The St. Louis Chess Club (MO), Two Sigma​
  • ​Silver – Dewain and Susan Barber (SCA), Richard and Barbara Schiffrin (PA), David and​ Maureen Grimaud (SC)​

Organizer of the Year – Jon Haskel (FL)​

Outstanding Team Performance Award – 2018 Olympiad Team, 2018 World Senior Team​

Scholastic Service Award​

  • Individual – Jon Haskel (FL), Russell Harwood (TX)​

Outstanding Player Achievement Award – GM Alex Onischuk (TX)​

Tournament Director of the Year – David Hater (GA)​

Woman Chessplayer of the Year Award – Jennifer Yu (VA)​


  1. Congratulations to two outstanding tournament directors I’ve had the great honor of working with, Steve Immitt and David Hater!

    I learned much of what I know about TDing from Steve, and he continues to be an inspiration to me when I direct.

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