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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
On February 8th, ten players braved the weather to compete in the 50th Friday Night Action. Adam Weissbarth returned to win the open section 3-0 while Jack Lieberman won his match against Scott Rodriguez 5-0.