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.

THE RETURN OF THE AUTUMN KNIGHT

The Autumn Knight galloped throughout Phoenixville on a chilly November day witnessed by 86 gifted kids to the chess field.  This was the return of the intellectually brave, persevering through the challenging days of Covid and overwhelming political squabbles of governors.  With the recent days of cheering on the splendid achievments of our Phillies and Eagles, attention has shifted with the regional parents eager to see their children become masterful chess players while making new friends.  We salute you all!

Now on the tournament results.  Here are the top players per section:


 K-4 U200 Individual:                                      Top Team: Hillendale Elementary

1       LIAM ROMAN
2       JAMES MADDEN
3       JESSE PAIK 
4       ELDHO GEEVARGHESE
5       EKANSH ROUT
6       EMILY CAO
7       ASTRID ENDICOTT
And congrats as medals were awarded to LIAM ZERDES and LIAM YUN.

K-6 U500 Individual: 

1       LEVI GOODSTEIN
2       RATNA KONDA
3       ROSHAN RAFI
4       AADYA TATI
Kudos to medalists MIA YEFYMENKO and ALEXANDER ZERDES.


K-12 Championship Individual:                           Top Team: Tredyffrin Middle School

1       TIMOTHY HAN
2       DEV MENON MADHAVAN
3       ARYAN ROY
4       DYLAN LIU
A salute to medalists VAHINI SADHU VENKATA, PALLAVI RAJEEV, and PRADHYOTH JAYAPRAKASH DIVYALAKSHMI.


Please keep your eye out for our next chess tournament (Feb/Mar timeframe) and have a wonderful holiday season!  Check out ChessKid.com with its orientation for a safe online chess platform for kids while being supervised by parents.

 
Thank you all for your participation. 

WE NEED INSTRUCTORS

There are lots of aspiring young chess players that could use your wisdom.  If you have availability to coach our after (or before) school classes please open the tab for About Us, then the drop down box for Employment to apply.  We provide you with training, equipment, lessons AND compensation.  

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!