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Hello, my name is Dhruti Shah - the founder of the Knightingales Chess Academy. I am an avid chess player who seeks to spread the joy of learning to other kids around the globe. With over 8+ years of experience in the field, and 3+ years of coaching, I know exactly what you need to improve!

My experience

  • 11+ years of playing chess

  • Top 20 girls age 14 in US

  • 2021 Ohio All Girls State Champion

  • 2021 state qualifier for National Haring Tournament for Girls 

  • Coach/Volunteer for Deltaworks. club

  • Volunteer with Columbus Chess Academy

  • Founder of Miracle League Chess Camp and the Forever - Dublin league senior chess camp. 



Coach Prisha started playing chess at kindergarten and has loved the game ever since! With competition experience in 35+ tournaments, Coach Prisha has won numerous cash prizes, trophies, and awards - including tying for first at the prestigious Annual Mid America Open, and placing at the Ohio All Girls tournament of 2019. She believes, in the words of Simon Williams, that “The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board.” Coach Prisha’s dream is to break down barriers of gender inequality using chess, and her inspiration comes from none other than the renowned female Grandmaster - Judit Polgar!  She specializes in tactics, and endgame masterpieces to strengthen a players ability, and has a certain knack for helping beginners quickly succeed in the art of chess. 
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Vidhi G. - Outreach Liaison

Indian Outreach Staff Member - India liaison for Knightingales Chess Academy 

Vidhi is a core member of the Knightingales Chess Academy Team. She has worked with several nonprofits in the past, and is dedicated to b building a more inclusive community for marginalized groups. Her vision for Knightingales is to see is reach every school within ind India - and beyond. 

Vidhi's role at Knightingales includes planning logistics for the ChessBlazers International Service Projects and forging connections with schools in India that are open to partnerships with Knightingales. She manages monetary donations of Knightingales and is the go to point of contact for all things chess related! 


Aman Doshi -Chess Coach

Aman Doshi is our chess coach who provides training for many Knightingales students based out of India. Aman is a passionate chess players and has trained under Chennai Chess Grandmasters. He is especially known for his opening skill and great middle game strategies! If you are an advanced chess player based out of the geographic region of India, then Aman is there for you!

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