Shining Knights Chess is smart fun for schools & kids

ImageWelcome to the website of the Shining Knights Chess Company! We partner with Elementary schools, Middle schools, and community centers to teach chess to children. We teach students of all different levels, from total beginners to national champions. We also run scholastic tournaments, where students can compete both individually and as members of their school’s team. For the more advanced scholastic chessplayers, we organize monthly adult chess tournaments to allow for stronger competition. We currently teach classes and run tournaments and camps in Pennsylvania.

To register for one of our chess events, click on the appropriate link above. If you have any questions about our chess events, feel free to contact us or look at our FAQs.

2016 SPRING FINALE

Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Narberth, PA was a day of outstanding chess.  84 students of various ages battled for trophy and spirit.  19 new members of the United Chess Federation played in their maiden tournament.  There were plenty of happy smiles and forged friendships.  We love the attendance and energy of the parents and coaches! Here are the top finishers followed by points earned:

K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Team
1.  Connor Nguyen 4                      1. Radnor 
2.  Liam Connelly 4                         2.  William Penn Charter
3.  Jay Dabral 3
4.  Rhea Howard  3
5.  Marko Vucetic 3
6.  Jacob Kestenbaum 3

7. Thatcher Adams 3


K-6 U500 Individual:                    K-6 U500 Team:
1.  Samuel Weisz 4                        1.  The Philadelphia School
2.  Deeya Mulchandani 3               2.  Chesterbrook
3.  John Krasnick 3                                                      
4.  Ryan Partidge 3
5.  Agastya Vangala 2.5
6.  Gretchen Lutz 2.5

7. Nathaniel Keller 2    

K-12 U800 Individual:                    K-12 U800 Team:
1.  Devesh Mani Posa 4                   1.  Penn Valley Elementary 
2.  Daniel Friedlander 3.5                2.  Skyview
3.  Nathan Luo 3
4.  Raymond Liu 3
5.  Fiona Feng 3
6.  Jake Anderson 3

7. Nathan Schneider 2.5



K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Champ Team:
1.  Kathrik Murugan 3.5                           1.  Merion            
2.  Seth Kellan Casel 3.5                              
3.  Andrew Malinsky 3                                    
4.  Noah Thomforde-Toates 3

5. Micah Dubnoff 3

2016 CHESS PIECES OF APRIL

Saturday, April 9, 2016 was a day filled locally with incredible snow and dancing chess pieces in Bryn Mawr, PA.  105 students of the game came together to compete in a chilly but alert environment.  More than a dozen new members of the United Chess Federation played in their maiden tournament.  Even with some signs of fatigue and growing pains, we saw all happy faces upon conclusion of the day.  Here are the top finishers followed by points earned:

K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Team
1.  Aiden Chinwalla 4                      1. Radnor  7
2.  Mark Kotlyar 4                            2.  Penn Valley 5.5
3.  Rebecca Bushee 3
4.  Andrew Szperka  3
5.  Max Westrup 3
6.  Alexander Petriw 3


K-6 U500 Individual:                    K-6 U500 Team:
1.  Samuel Hamilton 4                   1.  Ithan Elementary 10
2.  Conan Chen 4                           2.  The Philadelphia School 4
3.  Liam Cassidy 3                                                      
4.  Dean Moon 3
5.  Kevin Li 3
6.  Lucas Moon 3    

Honorable mention to Antonio Fidelibus, Cole Kelman, and Deeya Mulchandani each with 3 pts!

K-12 U800 Individual:                    K-12 U800 Team:
1.  Peter Judge 4                          1.  West Chester Library 7.5 
2.  Justin Xu 3.5                            2.  Jamison 7
3.  Lilian Wang 3.5
4.  Ved Tiwari 3
5.  Andrew Solovyev 3
6.  Ryan Hu 3


     Honorable mention to Mohit Dutta, Devesh Posa, Mason McClintic, and Alexander Szperka each with 3 pts!


K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Champ Team:
1.  Noah Thomforde-Toates 3.5                1.  Merion 7             
2.  Micah Dubnoff 3.5                                2. Bala Cynwyd MS 1       
3.  Seth Casel 3                                    
4.  Andew Fan 3


A big shout out to the parents and coaches who support all of the 105 players who weathered the April storm to mentally compete, build comradery, and have some good old fashioned fun!  Hope to see you all at our next tournament on May 14th!

STATE WARM-UP 2016

On Saturday,February 27th, 2016, a record breaking 137 bright chess players competed at the Shining Knights State Warm Up tournament in King Of Prussia, PA.  There was decidedly no shortage of energy or fighting spirit in the room, and each point was hard-earned.
 
Here are the standings and points for each section:
 
U200 Individual:
1. Vishnu Jagannathan - 4.0
2. Ava Luu - 4.0
3. David Zhang - 3.5
4. Sasidhar Budhavarapu - 3.5
5. Jonah Luo - 3.5
6. Devan Telwala - 3.5
7. Nick Sweeney - 3.0
 
U200 Team:
 1. West Chester Public Library Chess Club - 11.5
2. Friends Select  - 11.0
 
U500 Individual:
1. Peter Judge - 4.0
2. Nathaniel Keller - 3.5
3. Ben Russo - 3.0
4. Tristan Peng - 3.0
5. Samuel Hamilton - 3.0
6. Lilian Wang - 3.0
7. James Buck - 2.5
 
U500Team:
1. Friends Select - 9.0
2. The Philadelphia School - 6.5
 
U800 Individual:
1. Paolo Marchiano - 4.0
2. Kenta Tsukamoto - 4.0
3. Zachary Spangler - 3.5
4. Anand Rajagopalan - 3.5
5. Will Gibbs - 3.0
 
U800Team:
1. West Chester Public Library Chess Club - 12.0
2. The Philadelphia School - 10.5 
 
Championship Individual:
1. Karthik Murugan - 3.5
2. Noah Thomforde-Toates - 3.5
3. Qianshuo Wang - 3.0
4. Sarvesh Joshi - 3.0
5. Aaron Lutz
 
Championship Team:
1. Valley Forge Middle School - 5.0
2. Friends Select - 4.0
 
Congratulations to our top finishers and a tremendous thanks to all who participated in this energetic event.  Special mention goes out to the parents and guardians of our competitors for their ceaseless support.  See you again very soon!