About Us

Knights & Bytes

Knights & Bytes is a special business set up in South Australia by Alan Goldsmith to promote chess to schools, groups and individuals. Our team teaches chess to students of all ages in many different schools, such as Grange PS, Linden Park PS, Westbourne Park PS, Rosary School, Star of the Sea, Pembroke School, Pulteney Grammar, Seymour College, Walford School, St Raphael’s,  Adelaide HS, St Peter’s College, Glen Osmond PS, Unley PS and many others.

We love chess! We have been playing it for years and appreciate its beauty, logic and fun. We know it is beneficial to all who try it, regardless of their age, and we do everything we can to encourage people to play.

Our Team

alan2003aAlan Goldsmith has been a leading player and chess teacher in South Australia for many years. He is the current State Champion and has won the State Championship four times. He came equal 4th in the 1990 Australian Championship. He plays attacking chess  and has had many games published in books and magazines. He has been writing the Sunday Mail chess column for over 30 years and is President of the SA Junior Chess League, an office he has served for more than a decade..






Kevin Sheldrick is one of SA’s leading players. He has won the SA Championship three times, in 1999, 2010 and 2015,  and has an infectious enthusiasm for the game. He is enormous fun, very modest and all students can learn an amazing amount from him. Kevin caused a major upset at the 2016 Ballarat Begonia Tournament by beating Australian wunderkid Anton Smirnov, the 2016 Australian Player of the Year, in their individual game.






Zoe Harrison is a 19 year-old second-year Adelaide University Medical student who just happens to have won the Australian Girls Championship in 2014.  Zoe’s time is limited but she loves teaching chess and is very keen to continue – let us know if she can help. All ages, but preferably close to the city.









Susanne Wells is a fabulous ambassador for chess. She is a Year 12 Student going to Adelaide High School where her enthusiasm for the game has seen chess boom among the students. She has been the State Girl’s Champion, came 3rd in the 2017 Australian Girls Championship and is a joyous communicator of ideas to her students.


Our Chess Shop

shop2011We have a shop at 136 Port Rd Hindmarsh – just a block down from the Entertainment Centre, on the same side – that allows us to sell chess equipment, like:

  • Giant Garden chess sets
  • Club sets & boards – ideal for schools ($25 for the pieces and board & bag!)
  • Competition sets (double weighted  – as used in the Chess Centre $20)
  • We also stock digital clocks and many chess books.

Our shop is always open on a Saturday morning from 8:30 -12:30PM and other times during the week by appointment – we are generally out teaching in schools during the week.

The shop is also used for coaching sessions and it is particularly busy on Saturday mornings with juniors playing and learning in small groups.



We are experts in using FileMaker – the Macintosh equivalent of Microsoft Access – but it is much better. We have been developing databases for all sorts of businesses and applications for the past 15 years and believe our ‘solutions’ are elegant, easy to use and very powerful. We are also very quick and efficient and love any challenge you may have for a database – we know databases can either make or break a business.

The FileMaker databases can run on either Macintosh or Windows machines, can be web-based and standalone applications can be created – even for ipads.

We do work for:

  • SERU – the Special Education Resource Unit which is part of DECD
  • Samstag – Art Museum, part of UniSA,
  • NRM Board – the Secchi Project
  • Athletics Day databases for various Athletics Associations, like the East Adelaide, Torrens and Airport Districts
  • Job Trackers and library systems for businesses like MetroLocks
  • many databases for the SA Junior Chess League

.. and many more.

Sunday Mail

Alan has been writing a popular chess column for the Sunday Mail every Sunday for over 30 years. In 2015 he was awarded the CJS Purdy Medal for Journalism by the Australian Chess Federation.

Chess Administration

Alan was President of the SA Chess Association for over 10 years in the 1980s-90s and during that time was on the Organising Committee for many big International chess events in Adelaide such as the fabulous 1988 World Junior Chess Championships and the Adsteam-Lidums Tournaments.

In 1988 Alan was awarded the Garry Koshnitsky Medal for services to Australian chess by the Australian Chess Federation.

Alan is the current President of the SA Junior Chess League. He has been organising and running the League since the early 2000s after the retirement of Mrs Evelyn Koshnitsky BEM, AM, and has  been supervising the regular Inter-school Secondary Competitions on a Friday night for many years. He has also conducted all the State Junior Championships for the past 15-20 years, as well as running many other junior events.

Contact Us

Alan Goldsmith

Address: 136 Port Rd Hindmarsh 5007

Mob: 0401 672 481

Fax: 08 8353 4008

Email: alang@knightsandbytes.com.au

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