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.

Players

The Peoria Chess History Project is an ongoing effort to collect information about our local chess player and chess playing history. Peoria has a deep history with chess that goes back almost one hndred years (or maybe longer). The original Peoria Chess Association was 40th affiliate of the USCF in the entire nation. As time permits we will add other names to the list here. If you have information regarding our chess history, please let us know.

  • Anderson, Jess
    • Jess Anderson was a Peoria chess player and organizer in the late 40s and early 50s. Jess was an early Kingsmen Chess Club president and was also instrumental in organizing of the Peoria Industrial Chess League in 1943.
  • Cramer, Hank
    • Hank Cramer was a Peoria chess player and organizer in the late 40s and early 50s. He is famously credited for founding the original Peoria Chess Association and was also instrumental in organizing of the Peoria Industrial Chess League in 1943.
  • Hartwig, Art
    • Art Hartwig was an expert level player and organizer in the 1940s & 50s. He was club champion from 1946-48 and played into his 90s. He also saved the 1945 US Open when World War II threatened to cancel the Open. He convinced Caterpillar to sponsor the tournament at the Peoria Pere Marquette Hotel.