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2013 Scholastic Tournament


                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 Autumn Knight Tournament

              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.


Scholastic Quad Tournament

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 

2013 Spring Finale

      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.


Chess Pieces of April 2013

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.

In the U600 section, Max Lin was able to secure first place with a score of 4.0 despite tough competition. Alan Shi and Cade Jin combined for a score of 5.0 to bring back the first place team trophy for the U600 section to Mill Creek Elementary. 
Finally, in the K-12 Championship section, Roshan Paul won first place with a perfect score of 4.0. Both Whitemarsh Elementary and Bridge Valley Elementary achieved a team score of 4.0 with Whitemarsh taking the first place trophy on tiebreaks.
Congratulations to all who played and we hope to see you at the Spring Finale on May 18th!!

FNA 52

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.

The Pawn's March

       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.