Year                 Winning Team Name

2015                Legalize Caruana

2014                NSA is Perpetually Checking

2013                Rg3 Offensive Rook of the Year

2012                Team Romney  We Play Both Sides of the Board

2011                Chilean Defense: No Minor Pieces Trapped

2010                None Reported – Top team name was deemed inappropriate for Chess Life.

2009                I Can See Russians from My Board

2008                No Longer Searching for Bobby Fischer

2007                e2 Brute?

2006                Dick Cheney Attack: Bird’s Variation

2005                King  of Pop perpetually Touches Minor Pieces

2004                USCF Unstable Cash Flow

2003                Trent Lott Says Black is O.K.

Year                 Winning Team Name

2002                Enron’s 401K Plan – No Perpetual Check

2001                Harry Patzer and the Poisoned Pawn

2000                Does Your Peter Leko

1999                Forking Geniuses

1998                Mr. Clinton Your Piece is Hanging

1997                Tickle Me ELO

1996                Hickory, Dickory, Doc, We’re Going to Win a Clock


1994                Two way tie   Searching for Bobby Stitcher   AND   Searching for Bobbit’s Bishop

1993                White Pawns Can’t Jump


1991                My Flag is Falling and I Can’t Get Up

1990                We Don’t Ivanchuk a Pawn

1989                Two Knights, Let it Be Lowenthal

1988                Little Karpov Horrors

1987                You Rook Mahvelous

1986                Baked E Lasker

1985                No Pawn Intended

1984                Tahlstoy’s War and Pieces

1983                Saemisch Usual

1982                Buenas Nochess (Good Knight)

1981                Tarrasch Collectors

1980                No outright winner was listed. Seven teams were noted, thus:  “…innovations and originality over the chess board were matched by names of some of the teams.”

                        Those teams were:

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; The Meat Machines; Pochahantis & the Nimzo-Indians; The Pawnographics; Kiss My Rooks; The Vera Mecnchik Brigade; Future Schach

1979                No article or report found.

1978                No mention of an award.

1977.               No mention of an award.

1976                No mention of an award.

1975                No mention of an award

1974                No article or report found.

1973                No article or report found.