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.

Peoria Chess Time Line

1937

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15 year old Dean Lybarger joins the Kingsmen Chess Club. This is the earliest we know of the Kingsmen.

GM George Koltanowski gives a simultaneous exhibition at the Kingsmen Chess Club.

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1938

1943

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Peoria Industrial Chess League formed by Art Hartwig, Hank Cramer & Jess Anderson.

US Open held in Peoria. Organized by Art Hartwig.

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1945

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