2022 US Chess Annual Awards Recipients

The US Chess Federation is pleased to announce the 2022 Annual Award recipients. Congratulations to all of these individuals and organizations who are advancing our mission to "empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess."

(Note: Photos will be added as they are received.)

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Joseph Ippolito

Distinguished Service Award

Joe Ippolito (posthumous)

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Steve Immitt

Distinguished Service Award

Steve Immitt

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David Mehler

Outstanding Career Achievement Award

David Mehler

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Robert S. Moore

Meritorious Services Award 

Robert S. Moore

(US Chess received word in early July about the death of Mr. Moore.)

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Special Services Award

David Carl Argall

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Daaim Shabazz

Special Services Award

Daaim Shabazz

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IM and NYC legend Jay Bonin. Photo: Neot Doron-Repa

Frank J. Marshall Award

Jay Bonin

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Al & Janelle Losoff
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Photo: Tim Hanks

Organizer of the Year

Al & Janelle Losoff

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GM Hikaru Nakamura
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GM Hikaru Nakamura. Photo courtesy of SLCC

Grandmaster of the Year

Hikaru Nakamura

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IM Carissa Yip. Photo: STLCC/Ootes
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IM Carissa Yip. Photo: STLCC/Ootes

Woman Chessplayer of the Year Award

Carissa Yip

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Asa Hoffmann

Outstanding Player Achievement Award

Asa Hoffmann

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US Olympiad Team (SLCC)
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Photo: SLCC

Outstanding Team Performance Award

2021 Olympiad Team

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Hans Niemann
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Photo: Ootes/SLCC

Young Player of the Year Award

GM Hans Niemann

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Abhimanyu Mishra
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courtesy SLCC / Austin Fuller

 

Young Player of the Year Award

GM Abhimanyu Mishra

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Crossville, TN with US Chess Billboard

Chess City of the Year

Crossville, Tennessee

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States and Affilliates Committees Co-Chairs: Lakshmana Viswanath; Phillip J. Simpkins (not pictured)

Committee of the Year

States & Affiliates

Co-Chairs: Lakshmana Viswanath; Phillip J. Simpkins (not pictured)

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Education Working Group Co-Chairs: Renae Bartlett; John Gavin (not pictured)

Committee of the Year

Chess in Education Working Group

Co-Chairs: Ranae Bartlett; John Galvin (not pictured)

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Tim Just

Tournament Director Lifetime Achievement Award

Tim Just

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Martha Underwood

Tournament Director of the Year

Martha Underwood

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Kele Perkins

Local Tournament Director Award

Kele Perkins

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Aaron Ong

Senior Tournament Director Award

Aaron Ong

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Anthony Ong

Senior Tournament Director Award

Anthony Ong

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Memphis Chess Club Logo

Chess Club of the Year

Memphis Chess Club

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SLU Chess Team

Chess College of the Year

Saint Louis University

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Janelle Losoff

Accessibility and Special Circumstances Person of the Year Award

Janelle Losoff

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John D Rockefeller, V

Koltanowski Award: Gold

John D. Rockefeller, V

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Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield

Koltanowski Award: Gold

Rex & Jeanne Sinquefield

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Koltanowski Award: Gold

George & Anne Chamberlin (posthumous)

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David and Maureen Grimaud

Koltanowski Award: Silver

David & Maureen Grimaud

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Koltanowski Award: Silver

Lin & Robert Johnson and son Donald Johnson

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Alan Kirshner

Scholastic Service Award, Individual 

Alan Kirshner

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Kim Cramer

Scholastic Service Award, Individual

Kim Cramer

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Impact Coaching Network Logo

Scholastic Service Award, Organization

Impact Coaching Network

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Dan Heisman Award for Excellence in Chess Instruction

Bill Cornwall

 

Comments

Looking at this distinguished list was a lot like a trip down memory lane for me, with many familiar faces who have been active in the chess community for many years in their different capacities.

Great recognition, excellent choices, really well chosen!
Aviv

Congrats to all the award recipients! Special shout-out to the strong representation of the Marshall Chess Club: Bonin, Hoffmann, Nakamura, Niemann, Mishra all have strong affiliations with the MCC!!

Congrats to all, and especially David Mehler who taught me chess at the U.S. Chess Center years ago.

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