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.


May 20, 2017 – At the HUB in Conshohocken, 89 players played in four sections – Under 200/Unrated, Under 500, Under 800, and Championship Section, in the final event before camps kick off in a couple of weeks.  Numerous former camp participants were among the award winners, especially in the top section.   

Trophy winners for individuals and teams are as follows:


K-6 U200:


  1. Benjamin Linares
  2. Alisha Singh
  3. Travis Johnson
  4. Angad Tripathi
  5. Eric Ochis
  6. Benjamin Vossen


  1. Plymouth Elementary   
  2. Upper Providence Elementary

K-6 U500:


  1. Rhea Howard
  2. Eric Babka
  3. Rich Liu
  4. Jackson Fischer
  5. Caroline Marg
  6. Colum Dougherty


  1. The Philadelphia School
  2. Upper Providence Elementary 

K-12 U800:


  1. Sathvik Bollepalli
  2. Jai Kapur
  3. Nicholas Akins
  4. Dev Madhavan
  5. Jay Dabral
  6. Somil Tare


  1. Sarah Starkweather 

K-12 Championship:


  1. Justin Lam
  2. Lance Harris Kay
  3. Vasishta Tumuluri
  4. Seth Casel
  5. Lilian Wang
  6. Raymond Liu


  1.  Pocopson

From Byrn Mawr to Doylestown, Doylestown to Kennett Square, we look forward to seeing everyone at summer camps this summer!!

Chess Pieces of April

On Saturday, April 29th Ithan Elementary hosted 124 chess youths eager to think their way through a beautiful weekend.  There were many new faces and formed friendships.  Parents and coaches joined in the spirit with solid encouragement.  Look at our top performers, and congrats to all the participant chess players.


K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Team: Upper Providence followed by Colonial

1          Dawson Beccaria with a perfect 4.0

2          Nicholas Platchek with a perfect 4.0

3          Abhinay Ravishankar

4          Matthew Facciolini

5          Max LaBarbera

6          Sam Goldsborough

Special props to Sierra Tirendi, Efrain Ortiz, and Aidan Connelly.

K-6 U500 Individual:                    K-6 U500 Teams: Ithan and Shipley

1          Samuel Weisz with a perfect 4 wins

2          Atharv Nunemunthala

3          Sahil Kurien

4          Max Westrup

5          Lukas Bleyen

6          Henry Markel Tornetta

Kudos to Rhea Howard, Max Light and Theodore Krieg.

K-12 U800 Individual:                    K-12 U800 Team: Unionville

1          Derrick Han w/ a perfect 4 wins

2          Yajat Gupta w/ a perfect 4 wins

3          Raj Kansara

4          Mahika Ralhan

5          Kevin Li

6          Daniel Albarouki

Congrats also to Sophia Stoy.

K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Champ Team: Pocopson

1          Anshu Nunemunthala with a perfect 4.0

2          Clifford Han

3          Andrew Feng

4          Lillian Wang

5          Justin Lam

Additionally recognizing Kenta Tsukamoto.

Thank you for your support in enriching your children’s lives.  Cindy will hopefully see you on 5/20/17 for the next chess tournament:  100 Four Falls Corporate Center, Conshohocken, PA 19428.  Keep up the good work, inspiring your children to think like a King!

10th Annual State Warm-Up

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 we saw 147 youth players battle on the chess board. There was great energy in the room, spreading into the skittles section where parents and coaches anxiously awaited the results throughout the day. Here are the top finishers:


K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Top Team: Upper Providence Elementary  

1          Jasmine Liu

2          Dylan Liu

3          Alex Tapper

4          Connor Little

5          Pierce McLendon

6          Abhi Attili

Consolation medals to Michael Montabana, Ryan Liu, Krithik Rajasekar, Caelan Mulder, Jackson Carey, Colin Varano, Halle Levinson, and Christian Peterman

K-6 U500 Individual:                       K-6 U500 Top Team: The Philadelphia School 

1          Somil Tare

2          Ronan Murphy

3          Shane Gilday

4          Alexander  Babka

5          Rhea Howard

6          Lukas Bleyen

Consolation medals to Matthew Miller, Sathvik  Bollepalli, and Rich Liu


K-12 U800 Individual:                      K-12 U80 Top Team:  Pocopson Elementary

1          Neel Chakraborty

2          Anshul Kollur

3          Evan Hawkes

4          Rahul Kurien

5          Justin DeRosa

6          Varsha Iyengar

Consolation medals to Ved Tiwari, Andrew Hu, Andrew Solovyev, and Yajat Gupta

K-12 Championship Individual:       K-12 Championship Top Team: Merion Elementary

1          Hemanthe Kolluri

2          Lillian Wang

3          Micah Dubnoff

4          John Krasnick

Consolation medals to Justin Lam and Aaron Lutz

Thank you all and hope to see you at our next tournament on Sat, Apr 29th: Chess Pieces of April being held 1-5PM at Ithan Elementary, 695 Clyde Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA!