(Oslo, 25 August 2021) - Play Magnus Group expands its leading position in chess elearning with the acquisition of the chess programs of Silver Knights Enrichment, a leading US scholastic chess education provider.
Silver Knights Enrichment, based in Fairfax, VA, is one of the leading scholastic education providers in the United States. In a typical year, the company runs in-person programs in approximately 300 schools and programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, as well as an online chess offering that teaches students across the United States and globally. Since inception, Silver Knights instructors have taught chess to nearly 100,000 students who have gone on to win over 45 scholastic state and national championships.
With the acquisition of Silver Knights, Play Magnus Group builds on its leading elearning chess offering, with the expansion of services both geared towards the scholastic market and in live learning. Recently, Chessable launched the Chessable Classroom to facilitate the live learning experience for coaches and students.
Andreas Thome, CEO of Play Magnus Group, said, “We are excited to welcome Silver Knights into our Group. We have been impressed with the quality and scale of their programs. With this addition to our ecosystem, we are committed to making an even greater impact on the young chess enthusiasts at the very beginning of their journey into the chess world.”
“I have always been passionate about supporting the next generation of chess players,” said Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion. “I welcome Silver Knights to the team and look forward to working with them to promote chess as a fun, educational activity for children around the world.”
The founders of Silver Knights, Adam and Daniel Weissbarth, will stay on and lead the company.
“We are thrilled to be joining PMG,” said Adam Weissbarth, a National Chess Master and Silver Knights’ CEO. “Since our inception, we've been committed to providing the best possible experience for our students. Now that we’re part of Play Magnus Group, students in both our after-school clubs and our online chess program will have unparalleled opportunities.”
Daniel Weissbarth, COO of Silver Knights, added, “We’re beyond excited to grow our program with the support of the incredible team at PMG. We’re particularly excited to have our students play, learn and interact with popular grandmasters in the PMG network such as Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar, as well as the ability to engage with the innovative Chessable Classroom which, in its early launch, already appears to be a game changer in how online chess will be taught going forward.”
For further comments, please contact:
Adam Weissbarth, CEO of Silver Knights
Dmitri Shneider, CFO of Play Magnus