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.

2019 AUTUMN KNIGHT

97 children competed in the 2019 Shining Knights Autumn Knight Tournament on another beautiful day.  The town of Bryn Mawr brimmed brightly with brilliant youth chess players.  There were a number of tight games that went to only a few mintues left on the clock.  There was tremendous sportsmanship throughout the day.
 
 
Here are the top players per section:
 
 K-6 U200 Individual:                                              Top Teams: Hillendale Elementary and  
                                                                                      South Elementary coming in 2nd
 
1 DYLAN YIN
2 SHATAKSHI RAGALA
3 AAKASH RAMESH
4 GABRIEL MATTHEWS
5 ETHAN WANG
6 MYRA RALHAN
honorable mention to RONAN DALY with 3 points
 
 

 

K-6 U500 Individual:                             Top Teams: Valley Forge Middle School

                                                                followed by Gladwynne Montessori

 
1 ANDREW YOON
2 PRATIK FERNANDES
3 RACHEL DAVIES
4 RYAN MCDERMOTT
5 ISHAN VERMA
6 SEJAL GARG

K-12 U800 Individual:                                  Top Teams: Colonial Middle School

                                                                    followed by Spring Ford Intermediate

 
1 ILYA GALUSHKIN
2 ANDREW YU
3 TRAVIS JOHNSON
4 NIDHI NAGUMALLA
5 EFRAIN ORTIZ
kudos to ANTON LALWANI, ALEX W BABKA and ARNAV KANDIKONDA
 

  

K-12 Championship Individual:                     Top Team: Penn Wynne Elementary

 

1 TIMOTHY HAN
2 DEV MENO MADHAVAN
3 MATTHEW YOON
4 ABHIRAM VADIGURI
 

SPRING FINALE 2019!

90 children competed in the 2019 Shining Knights Spring Finale on another beautiful day.  There were magnificent battles on the chess grounds in Collegeville, with bishops and knights weaving through the kingdoms of their opponents.  Thank you to the parents and coaches who brought good sportsmanship to the front.

Here are the top players per section:

 K-6 U200 Individual:                                                                 Top Teams: General Wayne
1 YI YUAN JEDIDI LU                                                                           and Charlestown in 2nd             
2 ADAM ASKALA
3 BRAYDON SHAW
4 HARRY SCHREITER
5 JIA YAN
6 CARTER HE

 

K-6 U500 Individual:                                                                  Top Teams: Lower Gwyned

                                                                                                          followed by Merion Elementary
1 SRITAN BHUMIREDDY
2 BENJAMI SLIVINSKI
3 JACOB ROB WALTERS
4 NICHOLAS LALWANI
5 SYLVIA GW SPENCER
6 COLE SAMUE MILLER
special props to medal winners ALBERT WANG, ALEXANDER HA RUSS, SIMON NICKERSON and LEO HENRY VERBUCH
 
 


K-12 U800 Individual:                                                                 Top Teams: KD Markley

1 DEV MENON MADHAVAN                                                        with New Eagle in second

2 AUSTIN LI

3 ALEX W BABKA

4 ARNAV SADASHIV
5 MIHIR KHANNA
6 ANDREW YU
and with 3 points OLIVER NICKERSON
 
 

 

K-12 Championship Individual:                                                 Top Team: Pickering

1 ABHIRAM VADIGURI
2 SIDDH PRABHUDESAI
3 JONATHAN YANG
4 BRIAN LI
5 ABHIN RAVISHANKAR
 
 

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2019 CHESS PIECES OF APRIL

 
 
114 children competed in the 2019 Shining Knights Chess Pieces of April on a glorious Spring day.  It was great to see familiar faces as well as dozens of new tournament players.  There were players from quite a diverse number of chess teams, representing their schools with their bright, analytical minds.  Thank you all for your great participation in a fantastic tournament brimming with smiles and good sportsmanship.

Here are the top players per section:
 K-6 U200 Individual:                             Top Teams: Gladwyne Elementary followed by
1 AMIR AHSAN                                                              Our Lady of Mt Caramel
2 FREDERIC PHELIZON
3 Nicholas Lalwani
4 HENRY FREEBODY
5 Niko  Snee-Garza
6 Reid Blarney
and special props to 3 pointers Jaidon Horvath, Victor Pan, Oliver Kosmalski and PRATIRP MALVANKAR

 

K-6 U500 Individual:                        Top Teams: Skyview followed by Lower Gwyned

 
1 Luke Navarrete
2 Ryan Sensen Brenn
3 Advaith Elluru
4 Owen Rutt
5 RYAN DING
6 Brian Hsieh
and kudos to Faye Fei Mo and EDWIN VUONG
 


K-12 U800 Individual:                        Top Teams: Colonial and then Skyview in 2nd

1 Anderson Chan
2 Jake Anton
3 Kasyap Tumuluri
4 Alex W Babka
5 Rhea Sofia Howard
6 Austin Li
nice job Josiah Tjoe and Kathan Desai
 

 

K-12 Championship Individual:                       Top Team: Pickering Valley

1 Vasishta Tumuluri
2 Max Kikkawa
3 Brian Li
4 John M Cureton
with special props to medalist Yajat Gupta
 
 
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Nakamura and Yu are 2019 U.S. Champs

By |April 1, 2019|News, Top American Players, Women

It took two weeks, eleven rounds, and a heavy dose of final day drama, but US Chess now has its 2019 Champions: Hikaru Nakamura and Jennifer Yu.

Yu was effectively crowned after the tenth round, when no one else could catch the 17-year old from Virginia. Hikaru Nakamura had to wait until the very last game was decided in the Open Championship to claim his title. His victory over Jeffery Xiong coupled with draws by co-leaders Fabiano Caruana (against Sam Shankland) and Leinier Dominguez (against Timur Gareyev), gave Nakamura his fifth U.S. Championship.