Tournament Results: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh

On December 1, 53 players participated in Silver Knights' chess tournaments in Horsham and Bethel Park, PA. The Bethel Park tournament was our first in the Pittsburgh-area. Top seed Rahul Ghai scored a perfect 4-0 to win the tournament. Tying for second place were Steven Keelon and Nicholas Minshall, both with a score of 3-1.


In Horsham, the K-3 section went according to form, leading to a titanic last-round battle between the top two seeds, Max Polichuk and Benjamin Lu. Max emerged victorious from their last-round game, winning his second tournament in a row! The Philadelphia School took first place among teams, powered by Benjmin Kenney and Zachary and Joshua Zeelander.


Evan Betzenberger came all the way from Easton to win the K-8 section with a 4-0 score.  Evan was rated only 508 prior to this event, but on his way to winning first he took out players rated 753, 739, 644, and 1005. Evan gained 361 rating points from this event, and deservedly so! The Murray Avenue School brought a strong contingent and dominated the K-8 team competition.

The national grade championships are this coming weekend in Houston, so wish all of our players that are competing good luck!

Team discounts at tournaments now available!

Silver Knights is now offering discounts for schools and clubs that register large numbers of students for tournaments! All of our tournaments now offer a $2.50 discount per player for a club or school that registers 5 or more players at once, and a $5.00 discount per player for a club or school that registers 10 or more players at once.

Tournament Results - November Classes

Silver Knights' first advanced classes of the 2007-2008 school year were held on four Sundays in November.  In each class, 6 students played a rated game every week.  The games were then analyzed by NM Bela Kis (in Newtown) and NM Adam Weissbarth (in Bryn Mawr).  Congratulations to the winners, Sid Ambatipudi in Newtown and Ben Seligsohn in Bryn Mawr.

See the rating report for the classes.

To register for the next round of classes beginning on Sunday, December 2, see the Advanced Class section of our website.

Tournament Results - November Crush

38 Chessplayers took part in the November Crush chess tournament at Radnor Elementary School on November 17.  (See the USCF rating report HERE.)

Owen Sugg and tournament newcomer Jeffrey Zhou tied for 1st place in the K-3 section with 3.5/4.  Jeffrey took the top trophy due to better tiebreaks, as Owen had to take a half-point bye in round 3.  The top school team was Whitemarsh Elementary, powered by the Miklaucic brothers, Nicholas and Jack. Whitemarsh scored 5.0 points, beating out Evergreen Elementary by half a point.

In the K-8 section, William Giguere of Abington Junior High went 4-0 to take first place, including a last-round upset of top seed Julian Lurie. The top team was Hillside Elementary School, with 6.0 team points, beating Sandy Run Middle School by a point to take the prize.


Tournament Results - MD and CO

On November 3, 2007, Silver Knights held its first tournaments in Maryland and Colorado.

Tournament Results - October Blast

View the USCF rating report HERE.

42 players competed today in the October Blast chess tournament at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, PA.  In the K-3 section, 2nd-grader and top seed Max Polichuk (rated 795) went 4-0 to capture first place.  It was a well-earned victory, as Max has come close to winning several tournaments recently but until today couldn't quite get over the hump.  The top K-3 school team trophy went to Newtown Elementary on tiebreaks over Whitemarsh Elementary.  Both schools scored 5.0 team points.

In the K-8 section, 4th-grader Roger Yu (692) of Newtown Elementary went 4-0 to win first place, gaining a remarkable 300 rating points in the process!  Roger took out the 1st and 3rd-rated players in the tournament, by far his best result to date.  In between rounds, Roger dazzled the Pennsylvania state champion, IM Bryan Smith, with his encyclopedic knowledge of different opening variations.  Much like in the K-3 section, the team competition ended in a tie, with Our Lady of Good Counsel beating out Newtown Elementary on tiebreaks.  Both schools 6.5 points.

For the second consecutive tournament, Joe Mucerino (2062) won the Open section, easily going 4-0.  Several masters have tentatively committed to attending the November 17 tournament in Radnor, so perhaps Joe will have more competition next time!

Tournament Results - October Wave

40 Chessplayers gathered at Radnor Elementary School on October 20, 2007, to compete in the October Wave tournament.  (See the USCF rating report HERE.)

Kevin Zhou, a 1st-grader from Eagleville Elementary, won the K-3 section.  Kevin went 4-0, taking out the top two seeds in rounds 3 and 4 for a well-deserved victory.  The top school team was Ithan Elementary School, boasting three of the top six players in the section and scoring 8.5 team points.

In the K-8 section, 8th-grader and 2nd seed Albert Starominsky defeated top seed Steven Chen in the last round for first place and a 4-0 score.  The team prize was won by Sandy Run Middle School with 5 points.