Imagine walking into a stadium with thousands of screaming fans as you march around in the
Opening Ceremonies. Soon, a regular Shining Knights participant will get to do just that!
Jack Lieberman, a former regular at Shining Knights classes, camps, and tournaments, will be
competing in the Maccabiah Games. This event (originally planned for 2021) is an Olympics-style event
for Jewish athletes that occurs the year after the Olympics. (Due to Covid, this celebration of sport will
occur in 2022, and still may draw as many as 10,000 participants.) Aside from physical sports, the games
include numerous other activities, such as duplicate bridge and chess, and have divisions based on age
and special needs status. In the Junior division, Jack will lead his team of five in play against other
countries in a seven-round competition.
Jack learned chess from his granddad, Henry Goldman, who worked for Shining Knights. Shortly
after (in 2011), Jack played his first Shining Knights tournaments. His first coach was longtime Shining
Knights teacher, Joshua Anderson, who worked with him for several years, as Jack routinely participated
in Shining Knights tournaments and attended summer camp. As Jack got older, he switched coaches to
local International Master Igor Khmelnitsky, and began to assist teaching classes with Jerry Conicello and
Hubert Watkins. Over the last decade, we at Shining Knights have had the pleasure of teaching and
working with Jack, who is currently an expert and is listed as the 60 th highest-rated 17 year old in the
We are proud of you. Good luck, Jack!