Silver Knights organized three rated events the weekend of January 23 - 25.Â First up wasÂ the Friday Night Action open tournament in Bryn Mawr. FM and top seed Rodion Rubenchik went 4-0 to win first place in the 18-player event, defeating second-seeded NM Peter Minear in the final round.Â Expert Joe Mucerino scored 3.5/4 to win second place.Â Frank Jackson went 3-1 to take first under 1800, and Elliott Lueck and Genesis Wentzel tied for the under 1200 prize at 2-2. The goal of the Friday Night Action tournaments is toÂ give stronger junior players the chance to play against adult players in rated games and get exposure to tough competition. We look forward to more of the same at the next Friday Night Action tournament on February 20.
Next was the 60-player Winter Blast scholastic tournament at Wayne Elementary School. Austin Henninger dominated theÂ championship section with a 4-0 score. Patrick Liu and Anthony Ciarlante tied for second place at 3-1. In the K-6 U/700 section, Jeremy Miller of Friends School Haverford and Praneeth Ramesh from Pickering Valley Elementary both went 4-0 to tie for first place. Torin Kuehnle of Friends Select School and Ben Verbofsky from Ithan Elementary scored 3.5-.5 to tie for third place. The race for top school was extremely close between Pickering Valley, Friends School Haverford, Ithan, and Springton Manor. After the dust settled, Friends School Haverford was victorious with a team scoreÂ of 12 points, besting Springton Manor by 1.5.
Finally, a chess workshop was held on Sunday in Bryn Mawr. Will Culbertson won the four-player round robin by beating the other three players, who each went 1-2. Look for selected games from the workshop to appear in the Online Training Center over the next couple of weeks.