International Master John Donaldson has been awarded the prestigious “Mikhail Botvinnik Award” by FIDE for his work as trainer and Captain of U.S. teams in international competition.
The Mikhail Botvinnik Award, for best trainer of men or a team in an open event, goes to William John Donaldson.
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) October 18, 2019
Donaldson, as the FIDE press release notes, has long served as Captain for U.S. teams in both Olympiads and World Team events. His steadying presence has been lauded by team members, and one cannot argue with the results: the U.S. team has won Gold and Silver in the last two Olympiads, and Donaldson piloted a weakened team in the 2019 World Teams to a surprising fifth place finish.
US Chess congratulates John Donaldson on this well-deserved recognition.
For more on Donaldson, check out his interviews with Ben Johnson at the Perpetual Chess Podcast: