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Friday Night Action 42

       Ten players, with a range of almost 2000 rating points competed in the June 15th, Friday Night Action.  With that range of ratings, there is definitely someone for everyone to play against.  In this event, we had two players tie for first with a 3.5 - 0.5 score: Senior Master Peter Minear and the young expert, Yuhao Xu.  Frank Jackson and Dorde Dokanovic tied for the Under 1800 prize with scores of 2.0 - 2.0.  We look forward to seeing even more players at the 43rd FNA on July 13th.

Spring Finale!

     On, May 19th, over 50 people played in the Spring Finale. In the Under 400 section there were 2 perfect 4 - 0 scores - William Knipe (1st on tiebreaks) and Kevin Cui.  There was a log jam of 7(!) players who went 3 - 1.  They were Akshay Mody, Julien Mackensen, Kathleen Koemer, Alexander Szperka, Patrick Li, James Heller, and Jack Bullington, respectively.  The top team was Audobon Elementary with 7 points.

      In the K-12 U700 section, there were 5 people who went 3-1.  They were Daniel Cohen, Neel Jay, Peter Kimball, Adam Behar, and Kevin Koemer.  In sixth place, was Luke Kline who edged out Sean Li for a trophy, when they both went 2-2.  The top team was Bridge Valley Elementary with 6 points.

      In the top section, there was again a group at 3-1 who won the event.  David Weger was 1st on tie breaks, followed by Shawn Wang and then Gloria Cao.   In 4th place, at 2.5-1.5 was Maanas Tammara, followed by Alex Wang and Claire Cao who both scored 2-2.  The top team was again Bridge Valley Elementary with 5 points.

     Though this is the last Saturday tournament for the school season, we will have our monthly Friday Night Actions in Bryn Mawr on June 15, July 13, and August 24th!.

Chess Pieces of April

On April 15, 2012, over 35 players met in Wayne for the Chess Pieces of April tournament.  In the U400 section, Neel Jay went 4-0 to win the section.  He was closely followed by Lee Miller, Kenji Moriuchi, and Connor Mulgrew, who all went 3-1, and finished 2nd through 4th respectively.  In the U700 section, Aneesh Raparla, fresh off his Bryn Mawr chess camp experience, was the only 4-0 score.  Seth Casel and Paolo Marchiano, finshed 2nd and 3rd, with a 3-1 score and Aryn Singh finished 4th with a 2.5-1.5 score.   Manaas Dhawan, also a participant in the Bryn Mawr camp, led a quartet with a 3-1 score in the Championship section.  Alexander Skvortsov, David Weger, and Malcom Hillman, rounded out the 3-1 score group, finishing 2nd to 4th respectively.
        This Friday is the 40th(!) Friday Night Action and next month on May 19th is the Spring Finale, the last Silver Knights daytime tournament for the 2011-2012 school year.

Team Tournament

  On March 24, over 50 people met at an Silver Knights Open Team tournament in the Willow Grove Giant.  This event matched a great variety of teams, from high schoolers to young elementary students.  The first place team was Abington High School, led by expert and current Silver Knights coach Steve McLaughlin, with a 3.5-0.5 score.  The team from Bridge Valley/Central Bucks also scored a 3.5-0.5 score, but lost out on first place on tie breaks.  The third place team with a 3.0-1.0 score was the Serota Family, with Adam, Howard, and Max being joined by Jack Demmy.
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5th Annual State Warm-Up

      On February 25, 110 (!) players met for the 5th Annual State Warm-Up at Mother of Divine Providence in King of Prussia.  In the K-6 U400 section, Asa Hartman and Paolo Marchiano tied for 1st - 2nd with a perfect 4 - 0 score.  Asa was awarded first place on tie breaks.  The top team was our host, Mother of Divine Providence, with 9.5 points.  The K-12 U700 section had Manas Dhawan scoring a perfect 4 - 0, with Alexander Skvortsov just behind with a 3.5 - 0.5 score.  The top team was Bridge Valley with a score of 8.5 points.  In the championship section, Adam Serota scored a perfect 4 - 0.  Nathan Mackouse and Praneeth Ramesh tied for 2nd-3rd at 3.5 - 0.5 .   Nathan took second place on tie breaks.  The top team was The Philadelphia School with 7.0 points.  Good luck next week to everyone in the state championship!
 The link to the tournament results is:

38th FNA

  The 38th FNA was a small, but strong event, with NMs Peter Minear and Rodion Rubenchik each scoring 3.5 - 0.5.  Each had an especially tough game against a lower rated foe, but was able to win out in the end.  Jerry Connicello finished just a half point back at 3.0 - 1.0.   Full results can be seen at: .

2012 February Freeze

    On February 4, over 80 players met in the February Freeze tournament in Wayne.  The Championship section was won by Robert Pattillo, who scored a perfect 4-0 score.  2nd through 5th place with a 3-1 score are: Isaac Tshudy, Praneeth Ramesh, Adam Giovanetti, and Tom McKenxie-Smith.  The top team was Wyomissing High School.
      The K-12 U700 section saw a huge shock as the lowest rated player in that section, Miguel Santos, was the only player to go 4-0.  Caleb Zhang and Lucas Schlesinger were just behind Miguel, having tied each other and scoring 3 earlier wins, so both went 3.5-0.5.  The Philadelphia School earned the team trophy.
      Tke 45 person K-3 U400 section was led by a large influx of unrated players.  We look forward to these players returning for many more events.  There were 4 4-0 scores.  Sean Li, a former camp student, won first on tie breaks.  Second through fourth respectively were Parth Mody, Frank Lin, and Alex Wang.  Pocopson Elementary won the team event.
     The link for full results is: .
      Our next event is the State Warm - Up, which will be at the Mother of Divine Providence school in King of Prussia.  We hope to see everyone there.