Maryland Chess Association Partners with Magnus Chess Academy for 2022 K-12 State Championships


The Maryland Chess Association recently partnered with Magnus Chess Academy, formerly Silver Knights Chess, to organize the 2022 Maryland K-12 Championships being held on May 21 at Damascus High School in Montgomery County.

Additionally, Magnus Chess Academy will organize and run the entire 2022-2023 Maryland Chess Association scholastic season, featuring a series of tournaments. These events will culminate in the 2023 Maryland Sweet 16 Championships to award a college scholarship and the 2023 Maryland K-12 Championships.

Since 2010 Maryland’s 21 annual K-12 tournaments have been organized and run by the Scholastic Director of Maryland Chess, John D. Rockefeller V.  Mr. Rockefeller will continue in his role as Scholastic Director and remain engaged in an advisory role with MD Chess’s K-12 tournaments, but the tournaments will be run by Magnus Chess Academy.

“Over the last decade, John has spent countless Saturdays running chess tournaments across Maryland. Everyone in the chess community knows his dedication and commitment to inspiring kids through chess. His hard work has built a successful scholastic chess circuit in Maryland that is poised to continue to grow and thrive,” said Adam Weissbarth, CEO and founder of Magnus Chess Academy.

Both the Maryland Chess Association and Magnus Chess Academy hope to engage more children in competitive chess through their partnership. 

Pre-pandemic, the two organizations each had about 2,000 annual participants in chess tournaments in Maryland. One way they are hoping to involve more children is through offering reduced entry fees to members of the Baltimore Kids Chess League.

For more information about the Maryland Chess Association, go to

For more information about Magnus Chess Academy, go to Founded as Silver Knights Chess, Magnus Chess Academy taught chess over more than a decade to 100,000 students in the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Academy is now part of the Play Magnus Group (, a company founded by World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, and it’s where kids ages 4-14 from 25+ states and 10 countries come to learn, have fun and play chess.  

Media contact: Ami Neiberger, 703-887-4877,

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