The Chess Drum nominated for International Chess Awards
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The Internet has revolutionized chess and has increased accessibility in terms of study materials and choosing opponents. There are perhaps hundreds of chess-related websites distinguished by a variety of categories. To demonstrate the importance, many organizations (including the Chess Journalists of America) have established awards competitions which include chess websites.

Bernt Andersson of Norway is a pioneer in understanding the power of chess websites and has created a novel idea "to acknowledge the dedication by which many chess enthusiasts spread information about tournaments, chess clubs, players, and openings etc, by presenting a prize to some of those who through Internet are trying to put the game of chess in the limelight." There are different categories and voters are able to vote in as many as they'd like. The Chess Drum is competing in two categories: World's Greatest Chess Site and the World's Best Chess Website in English. The criteria is as follows:

Between January 1st to 20th 2004, visitors will be given the opportunity to vote on the nominated sites by giving the following points: 5 (the best), 4, 3, 2 and 1. All points must be given. If two or more sites would end on the same total score, they will be separated by counting each site's number of 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1s. If that isn't sufficient, a drawing of lots will be the final step.

The 6th Annual Chess Awards, http://www.chessaward.com/vote.html

Posted by The Chess Drum: 5 January 2004