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.

JACK LIEBERMAN to attend MACCABIAH GAMES

Imagine walking into a stadium with thousands of screaming fans as you march around in the
Opening Ceremonies.  Soon, a regular Shining Knights participant will get to do just that! 

 
Jack Lieberman, a former regular at Shining Knights classes, camps, and tournaments, will be
competing in the Maccabiah Games.  This event (originally planned for 2021) is an Olympics-style event
for Jewish athletes that occurs the year after the Olympics.  (Due to Covid, this celebration of sport will
occur in 2022, and still may draw as many as 10,000 participants.)  Aside from physical sports, the games
include numerous other activities, such as duplicate bridge and chess, and have divisions based on age
and special needs status. In the Junior division, Jack will lead his team of five in play against other
countries in a seven-round competition. 

 
Jack learned chess from his granddad, Henry Goldman, who worked for Shining Knights.  Shortly
after (in 2011), Jack played his first Shining Knights tournaments.  His first coach was longtime Shining
Knights teacher, Joshua Anderson, who worked with him for several years, as Jack routinely participated
in Shining Knights tournaments and attended summer camp.  As Jack  got older, he switched coaches to
local International Master Igor Khmelnitsky, and began to assist teaching classes with Jerry Conicello and
Hubert Watkins.  Over the last decade, we at Shining Knights have had the pleasure of teaching and
working with Jack, who is currently an expert and is listed as the 60 th highest-rated 17 year old in the
country.  

We are proud of you.  Good luck, Jack!

2020 State Warm-Up

 
 
The Shining Knight's State Warm-Up brimmed with excitement from the analytical young minds.  There were over 100 chess kidlings battling with each others' wits.  There was great sportsmanship amongst the various ages of boys and girls at the new venue of the Double Tree Hotel.  Thank you to the parents and coaches that have been so greatly involved in this intellectual realm of their children.  The next Shining Knight's chess tournament is the Pawn's March on Sun, March 15, 2020 at the Double Tree Hotel in Plymouth Meeting!
 
Here are the top players per section:
 
K-6 U200 Individual:                                      Top Teams: Ithan Elementary                                                                                                              
1 MARCUS FRIEDMAN                                                    Valley Forge Elementary
2 CHRISTIAN ZHANG
3 LUIS ROMANO
4 BRANDON EDWA CHAN
5 HANSOHL LEE
6 JASON HONG
 
K-6 U500 Individual:                                        Top Teams: W Vincent Elementary  
1 YUVAN PUTUMBAKA                                          Valley Forge Elementary
2 NICHOLAS ANTON
3 HARRY SCHREITER
4 BENJAMIN FELTMAN
5 MAX LABARBERA
6 PRATIK FERNANDES
 
K-12 U800 Individual:                                       Top Teams: Marsh Creek 
1 SRIRAM MARNI                                                                            Valley Forge Middle
2 ANIRUTH SATISH
3 KEERTHAN CHALLA
4 JACK ALBERT CHEN
5 RYAN KIM
6 JAKE ANTON
hooray to medalists with 3 points ARNAV SADASHIV and ARYAN ROY
 
K-12 Championship Individuals:                           Top Team: Lionville
1 TANAY PARRIPATI
2 NATHANIEL KELLER
3 TIMOTHY HAN
4 ABHIRAM VADIGURI
congrats to medalists HEMANTH K KOLLURI and FAYE FEI MO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

DECEMBER CRUSH 2019

Eighty-eight players met at the 4-H Center in Collegeville, PA for the last Shining Knights
tournament of the year. All four sections were hard fought with few perfect results. The
results are posted on the US Chess website at -
http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201912147862.0-16427183 (results are not in tie
break order so your child may have finished third but be listed as sixth.) The next Shining
Knights event will be in late February. Happy Holidays everyone!
Here are the top players per section:
 
 K-6 U200 Individual:                                      Top Teams: Kutz Elementary
                                                                                            St. Phillip Neri Elementary
1 Eliot Weber
2 Paul McLaughlin
3 Dimitris Kesisoglou
4 Chetan Nallapaneni
5 Ben Seeger
6 Prateek Menon


K-6 U500 Individual:                                Top Teams: Valley Forge Middle School    
1 Albert Wang                                               Exton Elementary
2 Saharsh Hulage
3 Siddhartha Alluri
4 Han Sam Kim
5 Haasya Putumbaka
6 Vahini Sadhu Venkata
 
K-12 U800 Individual:                       Top Teams:  Wallingford Elementary
1 Jude Torrens                                                            Spring-Ford Intermediate
2 Shadi Harb
3 Clark Kerkstra
4 William Isaac Aronstam
5 Jacob Robert Walters
6 Shrey Hulage
  
K-12 Championship Individual:                  Top Team: Lionville Middle School
1 Ilya Galushkin
2 Dylan Liu
3 Tanay Parripati
4 Varsha Sudarshan Iyengar