One hundred and twenty-one players came out for the 7th Annual State Warm Up held February 22, 2014 at Mother Teresa in KOP. This event is usually the biggest event of the year as many people get ready for the State Championship, held 2 weeks from now in Carlisle (2015 will be in Lancaster.)
On November 9th, 2013, 87 players met to decide the 2013 Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Championship. In the K-12 section, no one escaped unscathed, but Teddy Willis, was nicked for only a draw and won the event with a 3.5 – 0.5 score. Three Pocono Mountain East High School players tied for 2nd – 4th with a 3.0 – 1.0 score. They were Andy Weng, Sean Crowley, and Alex Quirindongo. Pocono Mountain East High School won the team competition with a score of 11.5.
In the K-6 section, Jeffrey Gong and David Sang, both of Skyview Elementary, scored a perfect 4 – 0 with Gong taking the title on tiebreakers. Ram Singh finished 3rd with a score of 3.5 – 0.5. Skyview having two players with a perfect score, it is not surprising that they won the team category with 14.0 points.
In the K – 3 section, Aneesh Raparla (for the 2nd time) and Chase Vitulich tied for first with perfect scores. Seven players tied for 3rd to 9th with 3 points. The top team was Hillside Elementary with 7.5 points.
The Shining Knights tournament season start in Lansdale on October 19th. This event, The Autumn Knight, had over 70 students participate. In the Under 200 section, Unrated Nikhil Rangppagari scored a perfect 4 – 0 score. He was closely followed by 7 players who scored 3 – 1. The top team was Friends Select with 6.0 points.
In the Under 600 section, Vineeth Gabbireddy and David Sang both scored a perfect 4 – 0 with Gabbireddy taking the title on tiebreakers. Places 3 to 8 were all covered by players who scored 3 – 1. The top team was Skyview Elementary with 12.5 points.
In the Championship section, Tate Park edged out four players with 3, by winning 3 games and tying one. The top team was The Philadelphia School with 7.5 points.
On June 8th, 2013, 24 players met in Newtown for our Scholastic Quads Tournament. The 1st place winners of the rated quads were as follows: Ohm Shah with 2 points, Tejas Shah with 3 points, Arya Nagaraja with 3 points, Pranav Shah with 3 points, and Ian Zwall with 3 points. In our only Unrated quad, Christina Williamson won with 2 points. Congratulations to all of our participants!!
And thank you to Smoothie King of Newtown for their support and gift certificates
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.
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.