2013 Spring Finale

      Shining Knights Spring Finale brought over 40 chess players in three sections to Valley Forge.  By fat, the largest section was the U200 section where three players tied for first with a score of 3.5-0.5.  These players were Jason Zheng, Christopher Simmons, and Ryan Hu.  The top team was Ridge Park Elementary.

       In the U600 section, Michael Gao finished first with the only perfect score.  Skylar Pinto came in 2nd with a score of 3.5 - 0.5.  In third place, with a 3.0 - 1.0 score, was Vineeth Gabbireddy.

       In the Open - Under 1000 section, Lance Kay, the 7th seed, scored a perfect 4 - 0 score.  Peter Kimball and Jack Lieberman with scores of 3.0 - 1.0.  The top team was Whitemarsh Elementary with 7 points.

       We hope that you have enjoyed the Shining Knights tournaments this year and look forward to your participation next year.


Chess Pieces of April 2013

On April 27th, Shining Knights had 53 players meet in Conshohocken for the Chess Pieces of April tournament. In the U200 section, Jacob Bushee won 1st place with a perfect score of 4.0. The top team in the U200 section was East Goshen Elementary with a score of 7.5.

In the U600 section, Max Lin was able to secure first place with a score of 4.0 despite tough competition. Alan Shi and Cade Jin combined for a score of 5.0 to bring back the first place team trophy for the U600 section to Mill Creek Elementary. 
Finally, in the K-12 Championship section, Roshan Paul won first place with a perfect score of 4.0. Both Whitemarsh Elementary and Bridge Valley Elementary achieved a team score of 4.0 with Whitemarsh taking the first place trophy on tiebreaks.
Congratulations to all who played and we hope to see you at the Spring Finale on May 18th!!

FNA 52

On April 19th, eleven players gathered for the 52nd Friday Night Action tournament. With a score of 4-0, Joshua Bresler pulled out in front of the pack in the last round to secure the win.

The Pawn's March

       Shining Knights used a great new facility in Conshohocken for the Pawn's March Tournament on March 23rd.  This facility was enjoyed by 57 students divided into 4 sections.  The Under 200 section is a new section that allows unrated and very new tournament players to just play each other.  This section was won by Sritan Bhumireddy with a perfect 4 - 0 score.  The top team was Whitemarsh with 2.5 points.

       In the Under 600 section, Michael Bai and Alexander Szperka both scored a perfect 4 - 0 score.  Michael Bai took 1st place on tiebreaks.  Michael and his teamates from Skyview won the top team trophy with a score of 10.5.

       In the Under 1000 section, three players tied for first place with scores of 3 - 1.  Risa Azim won 1st place on tie breakers, with Caleb Zhang taking 2nd place, and Aryan Singh winning 3rd.  Bridge Valley won the top team trophy with 2.5 points.

      In the championship section, Jay Pendyala had the only perfect score to take 1st place, 4- 0.  He and his sister, both from Lionville Middle School, won the top team trophy with 5.0 points.

       Thank you to all who came, we hope to see you at this facility again for the April 27th Pieces of April tournament.

Friday Night Action 51

On 3/15, ten players met in Bryn Mawr for the 51st Friday Night Action event. Joesph Mucerino won the event with a score of 4.0 while Narahari Bharadwa, Richard Wang, and Enoch Seibert followed with 3.0 a piece.

Pennsylvania State Scholastic Championship

         Congratulations to everyone who just competed in the Pennsylvania State Scholastic Championship.  There were too many students who participate in our camps, classes, and tournaments, to list everyone, but we would like to especially recognize the following:
Adam Serota - K to 6 Open Champion
Kiran Rebholz - K to 6 Open 6th place
Shawn Wang - K to 3 Open Champion
Jack Lieberman - K to 3 Open 6th place
          Each of these students has participated in many camps, tournaments, and classes, and we are fortunate and proud to be able to help them achieve their fine results.

6th State Warm-Up

126 People - that is how many people played in the 6th Annual State Warm – Up tournament. This new record was highlighted by Adam Serota, a seasoned Shining Knights camp and tournament participant, winning the top section trophy and the $50 cash prize with a 4 – 0 score. Six players followed closely behind with a score of 3 - 1. The top team was Masterman, with 10 points, and the second highest scoring team was Whitemarsh with 5 points.

             In the U700 section, Noah Riccardi was the only player scoring 4 – 0. He received $25 and a trophy.  Seven players followed with a score of 3 – 1. The Philadelphia school was the top team with 12 points and Skyview came in second with 8 points.

             In the U400 section, a section of 76 people, the largest ever in a Shining Knights tournament, had four players score 4 – 0. These four players were Zuni Zarate-Ramirez, Max Orenstein, Miles Gee, and Tommy Bosack. The top team was Skippack Elementary with 13 points and Friends Select came in second with 12 points.

             Good luck to everyone at the state championships in 2 weeks!