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.

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
 

SPRING FINALE 2019!

90 children competed in the 2019 Shining Knights Spring Finale on another beautiful day.  There were magnificent battles on the chess grounds in Collegeville, with bishops and knights weaving through the kingdoms of their opponents.  Thank you to the parents and coaches who brought good sportsmanship to the front.

Here are the top players per section:

 K-6 U200 Individual:                                                                 Top Teams: General Wayne
1 YI YUAN JEDIDI LU                                                                           and Charlestown in 2nd             
2 ADAM ASKALA
3 BRAYDON SHAW
4 HARRY SCHREITER
5 JIA YAN
6 CARTER HE

 

K-6 U500 Individual:                                                                  Top Teams: Lower Gwyned

                                                                                                          followed by Merion Elementary
1 SRITAN BHUMIREDDY
2 BENJAMI SLIVINSKI
3 JACOB ROB WALTERS
4 NICHOLAS LALWANI
5 SYLVIA GW SPENCER
6 COLE SAMUE MILLER
special props to medal winners ALBERT WANG, ALEXANDER HA RUSS, SIMON NICKERSON and LEO HENRY VERBUCH
 
 


K-12 U800 Individual:                                                                 Top Teams: KD Markley

1 DEV MENON MADHAVAN                                                        with New Eagle in second

2 AUSTIN LI

3 ALEX W BABKA

4 ARNAV SADASHIV
5 MIHIR KHANNA
6 ANDREW YU
and with 3 points OLIVER NICKERSON
 
 

 

K-12 Championship Individual:                                                 Top Team: Pickering

1 ABHIRAM VADIGURI
2 SIDDH PRABHUDESAI
3 JONATHAN YANG
4 BRIAN LI
5 ABHIN RAVISHANKAR
 
 

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