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    Neil_B
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    Almost, but not quite, entirely off-topic - another CJA Award for The Historian

    I received a congratulations email this morning from a fellow chess historian about an award I wasn't aware I was nominated for. It appears I've won the 2009 Chess Journalists of America award for Best Historical Article:

    http://www.chessjournalism.org/aw2009.htm

    Scroll down to Category 10. You can download the article in PDF format.

    This award is almost entirely off-topic for Bike Forums*, but it causes me to reflect on the changes in me. When I first won in 2004, I was so thrilled I could have jumped up and down if I were physically capable of jumping up and down - which I wasn't. Now it represents a part of my life that's largely in the past. My last research trip was May 2007, and I've not written anything in nearly two years. I don't know if its right or wrong to associate chess and chess history with my "fat" lifestyle, but for better or worse so it seems to be connected. I wonder if that's a door that's been nailed shut, or one that's merely been closed.

    Sorry for the post folks, just wanted to share my thoughts.

    *My fee for the article helped pay for my August 2008 tour, so it has SOME claim to being on topic.

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    Genetics have failed me Scummer's Avatar
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    Nice article. Interesting fact about the time differences between Philly and NY and the big newpaper coverage of the two matches.

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    Congrats on being recognized. You're obviously a talented writer and very interested in the subject.

    Don't nail the door shut...in fact, open it up every once in a while, even if it's just a crack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoste View Post
    Congrats on being recognized. You're obviously a talented writer and very interested in the subject.

    Don't nail the door shut...in fact, open it up every once in a while, even if it's just a crack.
    The drawback to keeping the door open is that writing to the standard I now insist on keeping is very demanding. It's work, and it's time consuming. The first draft of the Telegraph article was in December 2001. The final draft was May 2008. I'd rather be riding.

    Also, it's not as if there's a lot of financial reward. The Chess Life paycheck was the largest I'd ever received - and one of the few. I've received more certificates from Tom Stormcrowe than checks for writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    The drawback to keeping the door open is that writing to the standard I now insist on keeping is very demanding. It's work, and it's time consuming. The first draft of the Telegraph article was in December 2001. The final draft was May 2008. I'd rather be riding.
    Also, it's not as if there's a lot of financial reward. The Chess Life paycheck was the largest I'd ever received - and one of the few. I've received more certificates from Tom Stormcrowe than checks for writing.
    I agree with zoste. It doesn't hurt to dip your big toe in the water of chess history every so often.

    You can always write while on tour, no? (I know, I'm tired at the end of a day's writing as well.) You have a talent for writing - Martha agrees, BTW - and it'd be a shame to waste that talent. Cycling and writing are not mutually exclusive.
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    And I agree with Neil and Martha as well, Neil. You have a gift for writing. Yes, it also takes work.
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    Congratulations Neil, this is why I always prefer to have you do the ride reports when we get together

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    Thank you, friends.

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