Greater Peoria Chess Foundation

The Greater Peoria Chess Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to encouraging chess in our community and school systems. Chess helps students to develop many life skills that will help them as they navigate with challenges that lay ahead.


Karagianis & Beecher Advance
to the 2018 Peoria Championship Finals!
Qualifiers - Standings - Games

The prelims are done and NM Pete Karagianis & Alex Beecher, winner of the Bradley Summer Open, have qualified to meet in the final match to determine this year's champion. Good luck to both and we look forward to seeing some exciting games.

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 location on a map.)

GPCF Receives PPS Community Contribution Award
PPS Community Contribution Crystal Award

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.

Pete Karagianis Named US Chess Assistant Director of Events

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.

Awonder Liang, winner of the 2015 Greater Peoria Open, will play in the US Championship in St.Louis

"He's the youngest Grandmaster in the World," says Mike Nietman, the president of the Wisconsin Chess Association. "He already has two world titles under his belt having played in the World Youth Under-8 in Brazil and World Youth Under-10 in the United Arab Emirates. So, he was already a two-time world champion even before he was 11 years old." Liang will face 11 of the nation's best at the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis starting on April 17. He is the youngest Grandmaster in the field.

2018 Illinois Tour Schedule Announced

Written by Cindy Whited,December 19,2017 , for ICA

The ICA Board of Directors has approved the 2018 Illinois Tour Schedule. The Tim Just Winter Open will kick off the tour on January 6-7 and the Illinois Class will again conclude the tour. The David Mote Memorial held on March 3rd in Springfield is a newcomer to the schedule. Please see the complete schedule below.

The dates and locations of a few tournaments have yet to be announced. The ICA is also looking for affiliates to host two tour events, The Illinois Open and The Illinois Class. In order to host these events, affiliates must submit a winning tournament bid. Bid information can be found here. Please submit all bids to

Complete 2018 Illinois Tour Schedule:

258 Face Off At Peoria's 2017 Illinois All-Grade

Dunlap Wins Eighth Grade Team Title
Michael Li & Owen Zhang take 2nd Place Individual

Written by Bill Feldman, November 13,2017, for ICA

Dunlap Middle School won the top 8th Grade team while Michael Li & Owen Zhang finished with second place individual honors in 3rd & 4th grades respectively.

The Lutfiyya brothers took sibling rivalry to new heights at the 2017 Illinois All-Grade Championships, held November 11 at the Peoria Civic Center.

K-1.Pre-schooler Ren and First-grader Hudson both posted perfect 5.0's in the "Lower Primary" section (Grades K-1). 19 competed in the youngest division.

Ren benefited from a first-round bye but both finished two full-points ahead of an eight-way tie for third with 3.0 scores, with the Lutfiyya's earning a rare family state co-championship.

2nd Grade. Anshul Shetty followed up on his 2017 Illinois K-1 Championship (and tied-for-third National K-1 finish) with the lone perfect 5.0/5 score in the 2nd Grade section.

Also among second graders, Jackson Caruso and Eliot Ash both finished with 4.0's, tying for second place with 30 players competing.

A four-way tie for fourth place (3.5) included Colin Wicks, Nandini Prakash, Pragyan Misra and and Evan Huang.

3rd Grade. Mohit Bayyarapu was the lone 5.0/5 among 3rd Graders. Peoria's Michael Li, Adarsh Girish and Liam Murray all finished tied for second place with 4.0's. Michael Li won 2nd place on tie break. 35 players were entered in the section.

4th Grade. Chicago's Dimitrios Deligiannis was the sole perfect 5.0 in the Grade 4, ahead of a a five-pack of 4.0 scores. 37 played in the section. Peoria's Owen Zhang won 2nd place trophy on tie break.

5th Grade. Wheaton's William Cahill added to his array of state championships winning the 36-entry Fifth Grade section with a 5.0. Brothers Vikram and Adi Oberai were among the five-pack of second place ties (4.0) which also included Zalan Gyorgy, Sadkrith Malladi, and Kaashish Venkataramanan.

6th Grade. Jonah Chen took 6th Grade with a perfect 4.0/4 score (Junior High and High Schoolers played a slower time control, only allowing for four games in the one-day event). Advait Vijay took second (3.5) ahead of a seven-way tie for third place (3.0). Like 5th Grade, 36 also played in the Grade 6 division.

7th Grade. Deepak Salian managed to draw both Nicholas Ladan and Ved Kommalapati in 7th Grade competition -- but Nicholas and Ved wound up tied for top honors with 3.5/4. With his 3.0, Deepak tied for third with Anusha Nadkarni and Adithya Sathyamurthy. 33 faced off in the division.

8th Grade Bloomington-Normal area's Jacob Davis was the outright winner of the Grade 8 section with 4.0. Sujay Prakash, Humza Khan, Rohit Kartha and Joyce Li all tied for second place with 3.0/4's. 16 competed for top Eighth Grade honors.

High School. In the 25-player high school section Harry Heller and Joseph Kessinger both were perfect with 4.0's. Four players tied for third place with 3.0's.

Jeffrey Smith served as the Chief TD. Patrick Cohen was Chief Pairings Director and Wayne Zimmerle was Chief Floor Director. This version of the annual event was organized by the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation on behalf of the ICA.

Crosstables are posted here in ratings order. Trophies were awarded in tiebreak order.

The GPCF Congratulates all the All-Grade Team Winners:

  • Grade K: No trophy awarded (Teams require 2 or more entries from the same school)
  • Grade 1: Beaubien Elementary of Chicago
  • Grade 2: Steck Elementary of Aurora
  • Grade 3: Glen Grove Elementary of Glenview
  • Grade 4: Beaubien Elementary of Chicago and Skinner North of Chicago, both with 9.5
    (Beaubien earned first on tiebreak)
  • Grade 5: River Valley Elementary of Lemont
  • Grade 6: Evans Jr. High of Bloomington
  • Grade 7: Chiddix Jr. High of Normal
  • Grade 8: Dunlap Middle School

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