2018 Chess Pieces of April

The 2018 Chess Pieces of April proved to be a fun-filled tournament with the majority of players having prior Shining Knights tournament experience.  Good sportsmanship resulted in making first-timers welcome, parents even more proud, and creating new friendships.   Here are the top players per section:

 K-6 U200 Individual:                            Top Teams: Ithan with Gladwyne Elementary coming in 2nd

1    Ezra Fenkel
2    Clyde McAllister
3    Pratik Fernandes
4    David Falcone
5    Samuel Kim
6    Sebastian Bauza


K-6 U500 Individual:                                  Top Teams: The Philadelphia School besting Pickering

1    Max Light
2    Aarav Hosanagar
3    Kyler Parker
4    Deegan Campbell
5    Michael Al Lerner
6    Sahasvat Vasikarla
Recognition to Josiah Tjoe, Simon Castello, Colin Varano, and Meghana Vasireddy.


K-12 U800 Individual:                        Top Teams: Germantown Friends with Shipley coming in 2nd

1    Abhiram Vadiguri
2    Sophia Stoy
3    Sam Goldsborough
4    Rhea Sofia Howard
5    Travis Johnson
6    Pranav Sangani

K-12 Championship Individual:                                   Top Team: Pocopson

1    Sathvi Bollepalli
2    Anshul Kollur
3    Saket Banda
4    Enmon Liu
5    Siddhant Suresh

The World Chess Championship 2018 is an upcoming chess match between the reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and challenger Fabiano Caruana to determine the World Chess Champion. The 12-game match, organized by FIDE and its commercial partner Agon, will be played in London between 9 and 28 November 2018.  
Enjoy the wonder of the Spring!   Hope to see all the kids proficient with chess notation as that skill translates to more than just reading the chess language.


2018 State Warm-Up

The 2018 Shining Knights State Warm-Up Tournament proved to be a venue of great chess play among the youth.  Pawns were pushed, horses jumped abound, and Queens scoped great distances.  It was great to see much energy in the room and support trying to peer from the outside by intrigued parents and coaches.  Here are the top players per section:

 K-6 U200Individual:               

             Top Teams: Lower Gwynedd with Perelman as a close 2nd
1    Erez Danilewitz
2    Benjamin Clemens
3    Sumit Laha
4    Rithvik Kasina
5    Evan Sielski
6    Roman Olijnyk-Wong
Special accolades to Touma Miyakawa, Amicha, Danilewitz, and Taegan Mason.

K-6 U500 Individual:                             Top Teams: Kutz followed by Radnor

1    Enmon Liu
2    Jack Pickel
3    Henry Ma Tornetta
4    Cole Patterson
5    Anirudh Red Akula
6    Kyler Parker
Recognition to Rithik Rao and Rushil Reddy.

K-12 U800 Individual:                           Top Teams: Skyview followed by Pocopson

1    Justin Derosa
2    Siddh Prabhudesai
3    Manik Narula
4    Saket Banda
5    Daniel Goldovsky
6    Abhin Ravishankar

K-12 Championship Individual:            Top Team: Walton   

1    Amogh Kollipara
2    Seth Kellan Casel
3    Advaith Kollipara
4    Hemanth K Kolluri
5    Kenta Tsukamoto
Shout out to Alexandros Pratsos.

Following in the steps of the world champion Philadelphia Eagles, the kids playing at our tournament all had a winning spirit.  Hope to see all the kids proficient with chess notation as that skill translates to more than just reading the chess language.  See you at the April tournament!  And Good Luck to all players heading to the PA State Chess Championship.


The December Crush Tournament housed the best behaved group of players I have ever directed over.  We are seeing more and more players take notation and using clocks.  Looks like the Nice List has been expanded/reinforced by another 79 names.    Please take some time to congratulate all our tournament participants as well as the top performers listed as follows:

Standings December Crush 

K-6 U200 Individual:               Top Team: Merion ES       2nd Team: DE County Christian

1          Kaushik Sivakumar

2          David Mermar

3          Ethan Wang

4          Greta Golberg

5          Caleb  Best

6          Akshith Nair

K-6 U500 Individual:                 Top Team: Belmont      2nd Team: Pickering

1          Jonathan Yang

2          Arnav Kandikonda

3          Max Light

4          Rithik Rao

5          Kyler Parker

6          Sahrsh Hulage

Recognition to Deeya Mulchandani

K-12 U800 Individual:              Top Team: Upper Merion MS       2nd Team: Skyview

1          Somil Tare

2          Saket Banda

3          Abhina Ravishankar

4          Travis Johnson

5          Ronan Murphy

6          Damon Sun

K-12 Championship Individual:            Top Team: Lionville MS      

1          Charles Yang

2          Vasishta Tumuluri

3          Siddhant Suresh

4          Hemanth Kolluri

5          Siddarth Sankar

Enjoy your holidays and keep on learning!   Hope to see all the kids proficient with chess notation as that skill translates to more than just reading the chess language.


The Queen's Harvest 2017

With the Philadelphia professional sports teams showing great excitement, perhaps with a few dynasties developing, our region’s chess youth are demonstrating formidable chess prowess.    Please take some time to congratulate all our tournament participants as well as the top performers as follows:

K-4 U200                                               Top Team: Ithan                         2nd Team: Penn Wynne

1          Brian Li

2          Luke Gianoukos

3          Timothy Han

4          Aaron Li

5          Alejandro Wu Mula

6          Max Hansberry

7          Austin Li         

K-6 U400                                               Top Team: The Phila School       2nd Team: DE County Christian School

1          Benjamin Yang

2          Jones Gillman

3          N Fanelli-Salazar

4          Enmon Liu

5          John Kim

6          Axaviar Damavandi

7          Darshan Gokulraj

K-12 U600                                             Top Team: Belmont                     2nd Team: Penn Valley

1          Max Westrup

2          Abhin Ravishankar

3          Saket Banda

4          Christopher Rowan

5          Arudra Ravikanth

6          Abhi Attilli

7          Noah Morris

K-12 U900                                              Top Team: Shipley                      2nd Team: Radnor

1          Sathvi Bollepalli

2          Jay Dabral

3          Aditya Kadiyala

4          Siddarth Sankar

5          Rohit Ra Krishnan

6          Kevin Jin Li

7          Jai Kapur

K-12 Championship                              Top Team: Ithan                            2nd Team:  Pocopson

1          Charles Yang

2          Kenta Tsukamoto

3          Siddhant Suresh

4          Mahika Ralhan

5          Hemanth Kolluri

6          Dean Moon

Enjoy your Thanksgiving turkeys or vegetarian cranberry salads and hope to see you at the next fun tournament on Sat, Dec 16th

2017 December Crush at the Renaissance Academy Charter School, 413 Fairview St, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

The Autumn Knight 2017

With the extended summer-like weather nearly measuring 80 Fahrenheit degrees, nearly 80 youth chess enthusiasts battled in the chess tournament held at Shady Grove Elementary. There were plenty of new and old faces both amongst the sun-tanning audience of parents as well as the players. It is so rewarding to see smiles across the board, literally! Please take some time to congratulate all our tournament participants as well as the top performers listed as follows:

K-6 U200 Individual:                      K-6 U200 Top Team: Blue Bell                            2nd Team: Radnor

1          Kush Jain with a perfect 4.0 score

2          Jonathan Yang

3          Michae Legnola

4          Aidan McGillian

5          Kayla Krasnick

6          Ryan Kim       

Consolation medals to Sungwon Loh and Deven Sharma

K-6 U500 Individual:                         K-6 U500 Top Team: Belmont Hills        2nd Team: Ithan

1          Carl Kim with a perfect 4.0 score

2          Arnav Sadashiv

3          Nigel Pierman

4          Kyler Parker

5          Abhi Attili

6          Malcolm Balch

K-12 U800 Individual:                       K-12 U800 Top Team: Warwick   2nd Team: Downington

1          Dev Jijilal

2          Jay Dabral

3          Hass Boyouk

4          Jeremy Slotter

5          Andrew Solovyev

6          Travis Johnson

K-12 Championship Individual:               K-12 Championship Top Team: Unionville

1          Clifford Han

2          Lance Kay

3          Charles Yang

4          Derrick Han

5          Robbie Forrey

Enjoy your Halloween and subsequent office visit to your dentist if you are not careful of the Tooth Decay Ghost! We hope to see you at the next fun tournament on Sat, Nov 18th:

The Queen's Harvest. 2017 Chess Tournament being held at K. D. Markley Elementary, 354 W Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA  19355.


Congratulations to Karthik Murugan for his 1st place victory at the National Elementary Championship in the 118th Annual U.S. Open Chess Championship held July 30 in Norfolk, VA.   Karthik is a Shining Knights camper and frequent tournament player.  He will be entering sixth grade this fall in the Downingtown Area School District.


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!!