About Us: Our Story...

In 2004, Adam Weissbarth was an enthusiastic chessplayer and a full-time graduate student in Statistics. A friend came across an ad from a local elementary school looking for a chess coach and passed it along. Adam responded to the ad and took the job. As soon as he started, he found that the best hour of his week was the time he spent teaching chess to the kids. After some thought and a lot of preparation, Adam decided to make a career change and teach chess to children full-time. He founded Silver Knights Chess in 2006, and in 2008, was joined by his brother Daniel, also a lifelong chessplayer -- and Adam's first student! Later that year, two of their students won national championships for the first time.

We now teach computer coding as well as chess.  We employ an office staff of 9 and more than 100 chess and STEM instructors and aides throughout the Washington, DC area. We organize summer camps, weekend chess tournaments, and tournament training chess classes for more serious students of the game. We have a need-based scholarship program to help as many children as possible participate in our programs, regardless of ability to pay. Our hope is that every child has a positive experience learning and playing, just like we did.