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.

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

The QUEEN'S HARVEST 2019

The Queen's Harvest on a chilly November day brought in 86 gifted kids to the mental battlefield in Wyndmoor, PA.  There was great enthusiasm in the main room among chess parents and coaches.  We saw a decent number of players taking chess notation, and many claimed they possessed knowledge of En Passant.  The next Shining Knight's chess tournament is Sat, Dec 14 in Collegeville, PA: December Crush!
 
Here are the top players per section:
 
 K-6 U200 Individual:                                      Top Teams: Mill Creek Elementary
                                                                                              Devon Elementary
1 OWEN LIU
2 Hardik Talwar
3 LUCIUS FRIBORG
4 COLIN LU
5 HUDSON GENTZEL
6 ANJANA SAKTHIKUMAR
 
 
 

 

K-6 U500 Individual:                                Top Teams: Valley Forge Elementary    

1 JACK ALBERT CHEN                                              East Ward Elementary
2 AZIM AHMAD JULKIPLI
3 BENJAMIN FELTMAN
4 BEDIRHAN SADE
5 COLIN MICH VARANO
6 LUCAS CAO
Kudos to medalist AVANEESH RAMAMURTHY
 

K-12 U800 Individual:                       Top Teams: Welsh Valley Middle School                                                                                 

1 RUOMING AI                                                            Beaumont Elementary
2 SHENGHAO YUAN
3 ANTON LALWANI
4 DHRUV MENON
5 GRETCHEN LUTZ
6 ATHARV NUNEMUNTHALA
hooray to RONAN MURPHY and JAKE ANTON!
 
 

  

K-12 Championship Individual:                  Top Team: Welsh Valley Middle School

 
1 AARON LUTZ
2 PETER WI GOLDBERG
3 ILYA GALUSHKIN
4 JUSTIN DEROSA
 

2019 AUTUMN KNIGHT

97 children competed in the 2019 Shining Knights Autumn Knight Tournament on another beautiful day.  The town of Bryn Mawr brimmed brightly with brilliant youth chess players.  There were a number of tight games that went to only a few mintues left on the clock.  There was tremendous sportsmanship throughout the day.
 
 
Here are the top players per section:
 
 K-6 U200 Individual:                                              Top Teams: Hillendale Elementary and  
                                                                                      South Elementary coming in 2nd
 
1 DYLAN YIN
2 SHATAKSHI RAGALA
3 AAKASH RAMESH
4 GABRIEL MATTHEWS
5 ETHAN WANG
6 MYRA RALHAN
honorable mention to RONAN DALY with 3 points
 
 

 

K-6 U500 Individual:                             Top Teams: Valley Forge Middle School

                                                                followed by Gladwynne Montessori

 
1 ANDREW YOON
2 PRATIK FERNANDES
3 RACHEL DAVIES
4 RYAN MCDERMOTT
5 ISHAN VERMA
6 SEJAL GARG

K-12 U800 Individual:                                  Top Teams: Colonial Middle School

                                                                    followed by Spring Ford Intermediate

 
1 ILYA GALUSHKIN
2 ANDREW YU
3 TRAVIS JOHNSON
4 NIDHI NAGUMALLA
5 EFRAIN ORTIZ
kudos to ANTON LALWANI, ALEX W BABKA and ARNAV KANDIKONDA
 

  

K-12 Championship Individual:                     Top Team: Penn Wynne Elementary

 

1 TIMOTHY HAN
2 DEV MENO MADHAVAN
3 MATTHEW YOON
4 ABHIRAM VADIGURI