Congratulations to Karthik Murugan for his 1st place victory at the National Elementary Championship in the 118th Annual U.S. Open Chess Championship held July 30 in Norfolk, VA.   Karthik is a Shining Knights camper and frequent tournament player.  He will be entering sixth grade this fall in the Downingtown Area School District.


May 20, 2017 – At the HUB in Conshohocken, 89 players played in four sections – Under 200/Unrated, Under 500, Under 800, and Championship Section, in the final event before camps kick off in a couple of weeks.  Numerous former camp participants were among the award winners, especially in the top section.   

Trophy winners for individuals and teams are as follows:


K-6 U200:


  1. Benjamin Linares
  2. Alisha Singh
  3. Travis Johnson
  4. Angad Tripathi
  5. Eric Ochis
  6. Benjamin Vossen


  1. Plymouth Elementary   
  2. Upper Providence Elementary

K-6 U500:


  1. Rhea Howard
  2. Eric Babka
  3. Rich Liu
  4. Jackson Fischer
  5. Caroline Marg
  6. Colum Dougherty


  1. The Philadelphia School
  2. Upper Providence Elementary 

K-12 U800:


  1. Sathvik Bollepalli
  2. Jai Kapur
  3. Nicholas Akins
  4. Dev Madhavan
  5. Jay Dabral
  6. Somil Tare


  1. Sarah Starkweather 

K-12 Championship:


  1. Justin Lam
  2. Lance Harris Kay
  3. Vasishta Tumuluri
  4. Seth Casel
  5. Lilian Wang
  6. Raymond Liu


  1.  Pocopson

From Byrn Mawr to Doylestown, Doylestown to Kennett Square, we look forward to seeing everyone at summer camps this summer!!

Chess Pieces of April

On Saturday, April 29th Ithan Elementary hosted 124 chess youths eager to think their way through a beautiful weekend.  There were many new faces and formed friendships.  Parents and coaches joined in the spirit with solid encouragement.  Look at our top performers, and congrats to all the participant chess players.


K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Team: Upper Providence followed by Colonial

1          Dawson Beccaria with a perfect 4.0

2          Nicholas Platchek with a perfect 4.0

3          Abhinay Ravishankar

4          Matthew Facciolini

5          Max LaBarbera

6          Sam Goldsborough

Special props to Sierra Tirendi, Efrain Ortiz, and Aidan Connelly.

K-6 U500 Individual:                    K-6 U500 Teams: Ithan and Shipley

1          Samuel Weisz with a perfect 4 wins

2          Atharv Nunemunthala

3          Sahil Kurien

4          Max Westrup

5          Lukas Bleyen

6          Henry Markel Tornetta

Kudos to Rhea Howard, Max Light and Theodore Krieg.

K-12 U800 Individual:                    K-12 U800 Team: Unionville

1          Derrick Han w/ a perfect 4 wins

2          Yajat Gupta w/ a perfect 4 wins

3          Raj Kansara

4          Mahika Ralhan

5          Kevin Li

6          Daniel Albarouki

Congrats also to Sophia Stoy.

K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Champ Team: Pocopson

1          Anshu Nunemunthala with a perfect 4.0

2          Clifford Han

3          Andrew Feng

4          Lillian Wang

5          Justin Lam

Additionally recognizing Kenta Tsukamoto.

Thank you for your support in enriching your children’s lives.  Cindy will hopefully see you on 5/20/17 for the next chess tournament:  100 Four Falls Corporate Center, Conshohocken, PA 19428.  Keep up the good work, inspiring your children to think like a King!

10th Annual State Warm-Up

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 we saw 147 youth players battle on the chess board. There was great energy in the room, spreading into the skittles section where parents and coaches anxiously awaited the results throughout the day. Here are the top finishers:


K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Top Team: Upper Providence Elementary  

1          Jasmine Liu

2          Dylan Liu

3          Alex Tapper

4          Connor Little

5          Pierce McLendon

6          Abhi Attili

Consolation medals to Michael Montabana, Ryan Liu, Krithik Rajasekar, Caelan Mulder, Jackson Carey, Colin Varano, Halle Levinson, and Christian Peterman

K-6 U500 Individual:                       K-6 U500 Top Team: The Philadelphia School 

1          Somil Tare

2          Ronan Murphy

3          Shane Gilday

4          Alexander  Babka

5          Rhea Howard

6          Lukas Bleyen

Consolation medals to Matthew Miller, Sathvik  Bollepalli, and Rich Liu


K-12 U800 Individual:                      K-12 U80 Top Team:  Pocopson Elementary

1          Neel Chakraborty

2          Anshul Kollur

3          Evan Hawkes

4          Rahul Kurien

5          Justin DeRosa

6          Varsha Iyengar

Consolation medals to Ved Tiwari, Andrew Hu, Andrew Solovyev, and Yajat Gupta

K-12 Championship Individual:       K-12 Championship Top Team: Merion Elementary

1          Hemanthe Kolluri

2          Lillian Wang

3          Micah Dubnoff

4          John Krasnick

Consolation medals to Justin Lam and Aaron Lutz

Thank you all and hope to see you at our next tournament on Sat, Apr 29th: Chess Pieces of April being held 1-5PM at Ithan Elementary, 695 Clyde Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA!




We rang in the holidays with some festive chess cheer!  Nearly 100 youthful players shrugged off the winter chill to make friends while competing for checkmate.  Joy filled the waiting room of parents and coaches.  Here are the trophy and medal recipients:

K-6 U200 Individual                                                                                           K-6 U200 Team

1    Rory O'Brien         4                                                                                      Merion
2    Eamon O'Brien     3.5                                                                                  Arrowhead
3    Siddarth Sankar    3.5
4    Alex Carder            3
5    Jonathan Bonnell  3
6    Gabriel Shultz        3
Special shout out to Mason Shieh and Mikaela Orenstein each with 3


K-6 U500 Individual                                                                                            K-6 U500 Team

1    Aaron Luo                      4                                                                              Merion Elementary
2    Yajat Gupta                    4                                                                              The Philadelphia School
3    Deeya Mulchandani     3
4    Jason Zheng                   3
5    Oliver Nickerson            3
6    Max Greenbaum           3
Congrats also to Somil Tare with 3

K-12 U800 Individual                                                                                            K-12 U800 Team

1    Zach Schapiro         4                                                                                       Radnor
2    Raj Kansara             4
3    Seth Miller              3
4    Clifford Han            3
Nice job to Reed McKnight, Andrew Hu, Declan Kennedy
Kenny Daugherty and Ojasva  Mishra with 3 each


K-12 Championship Individual                                                                             K-12 Champ Team

1    Nikki Khmelnitsky   4                                                                                       Upper Merion 
2    Jaewon Paik             3.5
3    Seth Kellan Casel     3
4    Hemanthe  Kolluri   3

Keep up the great work and have a happy and healthy holiday season!  See you at the next tournament  March 4, 2017 in KOP.

The Queen's Harvest 2016

Chilling out on a warm autumn day (70's in November).  What a nice surprise to celebrate the young, budding chess minds.  Congratulations to all that played and those who came out to support.  Here are the award winners:

K-4 U200 Individual                     K-4 U200 Team

1  Michael Hwang 4                     1  Ithan 11
2  Charles  Yang 4                         2  Popcopson 10
3  Arya Solur 3.5    
4  Derrick Han 3    
5  Ryan Hwang 3   
6  Anshul Kollur 3   
7  Kai Talbert 3


K-6 U400 Individual                     K-6 U200 Team

1    Varsha Iyengar 4                    1 Penn Valley 5    
2    Zachary Root 3                       2 The Philadelphia School 4.5
3    Clifford  Han 3  
4    Siddhant Prabhudesai 3    
5    Kiran Mistry  3
6    Aaron Luo

K-12 U600 Individual                  K-12 U600 Team
1 Dean Moon 4                            1 Ithan 6

2 Siddhant Suresh 3                    2 The Philadelphia School 3.5    
3 Gavin Denison 3    
4 Andrew Hu 3    
5 Moshe Lipkin 2.5    
6 Tibor Barankay 2.5

K-12 U900                                        K-12 U900 Team

1    Alexander Szperka 4                1 Colonial 5
2    Nicholas Akins 3
3    John Krasnick 3
4    Connor Denison 2
5    Mahika Ralhan 2

K-12 Championship Individual      K-12 Champ Team
1  Andrew Fan 4                               1  Penn Wynne 4        
2  Micah Dubnoff 2.5                                   
3  Kathrik Murugan 2.5                               
4  Stan Wang 2


We hope to see you at the next tournament: December Crush - 12/10/16, 1005 Kriebel Mill Road, Eagleville, PA 19403.


With the leaves falling and the prelude to the winter chill becoming, we welcomed the Autumn Knight Tournament.  No mindless horseman could keep our youth from showing their colors on the chess board.  There were plenty of tricks that lead to these treats…

K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Team
1.  Rama Are 4                                1. Titus 10.5
2.  Nicholas Feng 3.5                     2. Audubon 6.5
3.  Kayden Tang 3.5
4.  Max Light 3
5.  Nigel Pierman 3
6.  Henry Nevin 3

7.  Caroline Marg, Darius Yakubov, and Ethan Guo with 3 each

K-6 U500 Individual:                    K-6 U500 Team:
1.  Reed McKnight 3.5                   1.  Ithan 6
2.  Gretchen Lutz 3.5                      2. Radnor Elementary 6
3.  Lucas Moon 3                                                       
4.  Andrew Hu 3
5.  Siddhant Suresh 3
6. Dean Moon 3

7.  Neel Chakraborty 3

K-12 U800 Individual:                    K-12 U800 Team:
1.  Aakash Jha 4                              1. The Philadelphia School 8.5  
2.  Nicholas Akins 3.5                       
3.  John  Leitzell 3
4.  Mahika Ralhan 3
5.  Dominic Incognito 3
6. John Krasnick with 3 pts

K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Champ Team:
1.  Kathrik Murugan 3.5                           1.  Merion 4              
2.  Nikki Khmelnitsky 3                                   
3.  Hemanth Kolluri 3                                 
4.  Aaron Lutz 3

This was a very well received tournament by both players and audience.  Thank you for great participation and spirit.  See you at the Queen’s Harvest on Nov 19th!