Instructor, Tournament Director
Joshua Anderson learned chess at age 6 from his step-father. He competed in the Berks County Chess League in high school, as well as on four Pan-American chess teams for Rhode Island College. Joshua is currently ranked in the top 10% in the country, with a USCF rating of 1819.
Joshua has taught hundreds of students over the past 25 years, primarily in Pennsylvania. He has been with Shining Knights since 2007 and has been offering private instruction to students since then. He currently has a student ranked in the top 100, age 8 and under, in the United States, as well as the top rated 7 and 8 year olds in the state of Pennsylvania.
Joshua has directed over 100 tournaments, mostly for Shining Knights Chess. The other tournaments include the Philadelphia Junior Invitational and the Holly Heisman Memorial annual tournament, which has raised over $85,000 for women in need. (Please see http://danheisman.home.comcast.net/~danheisman/Main_Chess/donations.htm for more information on donating to this important local cause.) He is currently the Scholastic Coordinator for the state of Pennsylvania and will be in charge of setting up the 2014 state scholastic championship.
Joshua is also very active in chess literature and chess journalism. He is the coordinating judge for the Chess Journalists of America (see www.chessjournalism.org). Joshua also edits the PennsWoodPusher, Pennsylvania’s state-wide chess magazine (see www.pscfchess.org). He has contributed book reviews to Chessville Weekly and www.jeremysilman.com. His most recent on-line article, a piece on the new Duchamp exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum can be found at http://www.uschess.org/content/view/11984/688 . He also has a report in the December, 2012 Chess Life and is featured in that issue’s “Faces Over the Board.” Joshua has been offering private instruction to students since 2007, and has helped students achieve national rankings and currently has a student ranked in both the top 100, age 8, and the top 100 age 7 and under, in the United States.