After the two 6-man round robin semi-finals, NM Pete Karagianis & Alex Beecher, winner of the Bradley Summer Open, had qualified to meet in the final match to determine this year's champion. Pete was unable to play the final match and so Mike Leali, second place behind Karagianis in section A, took his place for the finals match.
The Monday night adult chess club now meets at the Life Together Center (formerly the Great Central Insurance Bldg) at Sheridan & War Memorial 7 to 11pm. (Click here to see the location on a map.)
Major changes are underway for the 2019 IHSA State Championships to be held at the Peoria Civic Center, February 8-9, 2019. The IHSA Rules committee has voted to eliminate individual board medals and require schools to play their boards in the pre-tournament order by playing strength.
It allows teams to substitute players much more easily from round to round. In the previous system in effect last year, a player can play on only one board. If a substitute appeared on Board 8, he or she cannot subsequently be subbed in on Board 7 if needed.
In the new system, affective this year, players would always play in order of strength, but not necessarily on the same board. The change allows better flexibility for the teams but it does eliminate the individual awards.
In lieu of individual awards, the Committee recommended that, if individual awards are eliminated, the names of players and coaches of all teams finished with six points be announced during the awards ceremony. Our question is that if we can recognize the high achievers by calling out their names, why can't we also provide an appropriate medal as a permanent memento?
The rule changes would also affect the schools at the Peoria CICLW sectional.
Peoria Public Schools awarded the 2017-18 Community Contribution Award to the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation at their June 11, 2018 Board meeting. GPCF provided chess sets and training software to PPS schools and supported a chess tournament at Von Steuben Middle School in 2017. Planned for 2018-19 are more tournaments and a program to provide low cost US Chess memberships to students.
Peoria's own Pete Karagianis has been named US Chess Assistant Director of Events.
"Pete’s calm demeanor, high energy and capable articulation will be valuable assets. He looks forward to sharing his vision of a quality event – a vision born from both his passion for the game and his wealth of experience within US Chess. We are happy to have him as part of our team." - US Chess.