The Queen's Harvest 2017

With the Philadelphia professional sports teams showing great excitement, perhaps with a few dynasties developing, our region’s chess youth are demonstrating formidable chess prowess.    Please take some time to congratulate all our tournament participants as well as the top performers as follows:

K-4 U200                                               Top Team: Ithan                         2nd Team: Penn Wynne

1          Brian Li

2          Luke Gianoukos

3          Timothy Han

4          Aaron Li

5          Alejandro Wu Mula

6          Max Hansberry

7          Austin Li         

K-6 U400                                               Top Team: The Phila School       2nd Team: DE County Christian School

1          Benjamin Yang

2          Jones Gillman

3          N Fanelli-Salazar

4          Enmon Liu

5          John Kim

6          Axaviar Damavandi

7          Darshan Gokulraj

K-12 U600                                             Top Team: Belmont                     2nd Team: Penn Valley

1          Max Westrup

2          Abhin Ravishankar

3          Saket Banda

4          Christopher Rowan

5          Arudra Ravikanth

6          Abhi Attilli

7          Noah Morris

K-12 U900                                              Top Team: Shipley                      2nd Team: Radnor

1          Sathvi Bollepalli

2          Jay Dabral

3          Aditya Kadiyala

4          Siddarth Sankar

5          Rohit Ra Krishnan

6          Kevin Jin Li

7          Jai Kapur

K-12 Championship                              Top Team: Ithan                            2nd Team:  Pocopson

1          Charles Yang

2          Kenta Tsukamoto

3          Siddhant Suresh

4          Mahika Ralhan

5          Hemanth Kolluri

6          Dean Moon

Enjoy your Thanksgiving turkeys or vegetarian cranberry salads and hope to see you at the next fun tournament on Sat, Dec 16th

2017 December Crush at the Renaissance Academy Charter School, 413 Fairview St, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

The Autumn Knight 2017

With the extended summer-like weather nearly measuring 80 Fahrenheit degrees, nearly 80 youth chess enthusiasts battled in the chess tournament held at Shady Grove Elementary. There were plenty of new and old faces both amongst the sun-tanning audience of parents as well as the players. It is so rewarding to see smiles across the board, literally! Please take some time to congratulate all our tournament participants as well as the top performers listed as follows:

K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Top Team: Blue Bell                            2nd Team: Radnor

1          Kush Jain with a perfect 4.0 score

2          Jonathan Yang

3          Michae Legnola

4          Aidan McGillian

5          Kayla Krasnick

6          Ryan Kim       

Consolation medals to Sungwon Loh and Deven Sharma

K-6 U500 Individual:                         K-6 U500 Top Team: Belmont Hills        2nd Team: Ithan

1          Carl Kim with a perfect 4.0 score

2          Arnav Sadashiv

3          Nigel Pierman

4          Kyler Parker

5          Abhi Attili

6          Malcolm Balch

K-12 U800 Individual:                       K-12 U800 Top Team: Warwick   2nd Team: Downington

1          Dev Jijilal

2          Jay Dabral

3          Hass Boyouk

4          Jeremy Slotter

5          Andrew Solovyev

6          Travis Johnson

K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Championship Top Team: Unionville

1          Clifford Han

2          Lance Kay

3          Charles Yang

4          Derrick Han

5          Robbie Forrey

Enjoy your Halloween and subsequent office visit to your dentist if you are not careful of the Tooth Decay Ghost! We hope to see you at the next fun tournament on Sat, Nov 18th:

The Queen's Harvest. 2017 Chess Tournament being held at K. D. Markley Elementary, 354 W Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA  19355.


Congratulations to Karthik Murugan for his 1st place victory at the National Elementary Championship in the 118th Annual U.S. Open Chess Championship held July 30 in Norfolk, VA.   Karthik is a Shining Knights camper and frequent tournament player.  He will be entering sixth grade this fall in the Downingtown Area School District.


May 20, 2017 – At the HUB in Conshohocken, 89 players played in four sections – Under 200/Unrated, Under 500, Under 800, and Championship Section, in the final event before camps kick off in a couple of weeks.  Numerous former camp participants were among the award winners, especially in the top section.   

Trophy winners for individuals and teams are as follows:


K-6 U200:


  1. Benjamin Linares
  2. Alisha Singh
  3. Travis Johnson
  4. Angad Tripathi
  5. Eric Ochis
  6. Benjamin Vossen


  1. Plymouth Elementary   
  2. Upper Providence Elementary

K-6 U500:


  1. Rhea Howard
  2. Eric Babka
  3. Rich Liu
  4. Jackson Fischer
  5. Caroline Marg
  6. Colum Dougherty


  1. The Philadelphia School
  2. Upper Providence Elementary 

K-12 U800:


  1. Sathvik Bollepalli
  2. Jai Kapur
  3. Nicholas Akins
  4. Dev Madhavan
  5. Jay Dabral
  6. Somil Tare


  1. Sarah Starkweather 

K-12 Championship:


  1. Justin Lam
  2. Lance Harris Kay
  3. Vasishta Tumuluri
  4. Seth Casel
  5. Lilian Wang
  6. Raymond Liu


  1.  Pocopson

From Byrn Mawr to Doylestown, Doylestown to Kennett Square, we look forward to seeing everyone at summer camps this summer!!

Chess Pieces of April

On Saturday, April 29th Ithan Elementary hosted 124 chess youths eager to think their way through a beautiful weekend.  There were many new faces and formed friendships.  Parents and coaches joined in the spirit with solid encouragement.  Look at our top performers, and congrats to all the participant chess players.


K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Team: Upper Providence followed by Colonial

1          Dawson Beccaria with a perfect 4.0

2          Nicholas Platchek with a perfect 4.0

3          Abhinay Ravishankar

4          Matthew Facciolini

5          Max LaBarbera

6          Sam Goldsborough

Special props to Sierra Tirendi, Efrain Ortiz, and Aidan Connelly.

K-6 U500 Individual:                    K-6 U500 Teams: Ithan and Shipley

1          Samuel Weisz with a perfect 4 wins

2          Atharv Nunemunthala

3          Sahil Kurien

4          Max Westrup

5          Lukas Bleyen

6          Henry Markel Tornetta

Kudos to Rhea Howard, Max Light and Theodore Krieg.

K-12 U800 Individual:                    K-12 U800 Team: Unionville

1          Derrick Han w/ a perfect 4 wins

2          Yajat Gupta w/ a perfect 4 wins

3          Raj Kansara

4          Mahika Ralhan

5          Kevin Li

6          Daniel Albarouki

Congrats also to Sophia Stoy.

K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Champ Team: Pocopson

1          Anshu Nunemunthala with a perfect 4.0

2          Clifford Han

3          Andrew Feng

4          Lillian Wang

5          Justin Lam

Additionally recognizing Kenta Tsukamoto.

Thank you for your support in enriching your children’s lives.  Cindy will hopefully see you on 5/20/17 for the next chess tournament:  100 Four Falls Corporate Center, Conshohocken, PA 19428.  Keep up the good work, inspiring your children to think like a King!

10th Annual State Warm-Up

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 we saw 147 youth players battle on the chess board. There was great energy in the room, spreading into the skittles section where parents and coaches anxiously awaited the results throughout the day. Here are the top finishers:


K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Top Team: Upper Providence Elementary  

1          Jasmine Liu

2          Dylan Liu

3          Alex Tapper

4          Connor Little

5          Pierce McLendon

6          Abhi Attili

Consolation medals to Michael Montabana, Ryan Liu, Krithik Rajasekar, Caelan Mulder, Jackson Carey, Colin Varano, Halle Levinson, and Christian Peterman

K-6 U500 Individual:                       K-6 U500 Top Team: The Philadelphia School 

1          Somil Tare

2          Ronan Murphy

3          Shane Gilday

4          Alexander  Babka

5          Rhea Howard

6          Lukas Bleyen

Consolation medals to Matthew Miller, Sathvik  Bollepalli, and Rich Liu


K-12 U800 Individual:                      K-12 U80 Top Team:  Pocopson Elementary

1          Neel Chakraborty

2          Anshul Kollur

3          Evan Hawkes

4          Rahul Kurien

5          Justin DeRosa

6          Varsha Iyengar

Consolation medals to Ved Tiwari, Andrew Hu, Andrew Solovyev, and Yajat Gupta

K-12 Championship Individual:       K-12 Championship Top Team: Merion Elementary

1          Hemanthe Kolluri

2          Lillian Wang

3          Micah Dubnoff

4          John Krasnick

Consolation medals to Justin Lam and Aaron Lutz

Thank you all and hope to see you at our next tournament on Sat, Apr 29th: Chess Pieces of April being held 1-5PM at Ithan Elementary, 695 Clyde Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA!




We rang in the holidays with some festive chess cheer!  Nearly 100 youthful players shrugged off the winter chill to make friends while competing for checkmate.  Joy filled the waiting room of parents and coaches.  Here are the trophy and medal recipients:

K-6 U200 Individual                                                                                           K-6 U200 Team

1    Rory O'Brien         4                                                                                      Merion
2    Eamon O'Brien     3.5                                                                                  Arrowhead
3    Siddarth Sankar    3.5
4    Alex Carder            3
5    Jonathan Bonnell  3
6    Gabriel Shultz        3
Special shout out to Mason Shieh and Mikaela Orenstein each with 3


K-6 U500 Individual                                                                                            K-6 U500 Team

1    Aaron Luo                      4                                                                              Merion Elementary
2    Yajat Gupta                    4                                                                              The Philadelphia School
3    Deeya Mulchandani     3
4    Jason Zheng                   3
5    Oliver Nickerson            3
6    Max Greenbaum           3
Congrats also to Somil Tare with 3

K-12 U800 Individual                                                                                            K-12 U800 Team

1    Zach Schapiro         4                                                                                       Radnor
2    Raj Kansara             4
3    Seth Miller              3
4    Clifford Han            3
Nice job to Reed McKnight, Andrew Hu, Declan Kennedy
Kenny Daugherty and Ojasva  Mishra with 3 each


K-12 Championship Individual                                                                             K-12 Champ Team

1    Nikki Khmelnitsky   4                                                                                       Upper Merion 
2    Jaewon Paik             3.5
3    Seth Kellan Casel     3
4    Hemanthe  Kolluri   3

Keep up the great work and have a happy and healthy holiday season!  See you at the next tournament  March 4, 2017 in KOP.