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.

Chess helps students to develop many life skills that will help them as they navigate with challenges that lay ahead.

Some of those life skills are:

  • Logical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Goal Setting
  • Self Motivation
  • Actions have Consequences
  • Hard Work is Rewarded
  • Mental Alertness
  • Memory Development
  • Patience
  • Focus
  • Learning to Look for Patterns
  • Improved Schoolwork & Grades

A more complete summary of the benefits of chess can be found Here.

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.

The 2018 Peoria Championship is Underway!
Qualifiers - Standings - 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.)

Famous Chess Quote

Liang Awonder, 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.


Our school program consists of providing sets & boards to schools which have an active chess club or chess team which meets regularly and competes with other schools. We provide teaching chess software which can be used either with teacher instruction or placed on a computer so that students can do self learning. We also provide a curricula, complete with instructor's notes and integrated with the software so that teachers, who are not chess players, can provide beginning teaching of the game to their students. All of these are free to the schools, they only need to have an active club and request the materials.

For schools that are already active we can also help provide coordination with other schools as well as a schedule of tournaments for your student's participation.

We also offer a summer chess camp, workshops, and the Friday night Hult Youth Chess Club. If your group has a particular need please let us know and we will see how we can help.