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.
Although the Peoria Championship has been held for many years, there are times when the tournament was inactive and times where the records of previous champions have been lost. Since 1997, the Greater Peoria Chess Federation has run a championship every year and recorded the list of champions here.
The Championship is an invitational event. Invitations are given to the defending champion & runner-up from the previous year and to top finishers in club & weekend tournaments. Qualifications are listed here. Since the list was started in 1997. Mike Leali is the leader with 7 titles.
We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at Von Steuben school in Peoria on Saturday February 3rd.
Most schools choose to organize into conferences to arrange for a competitive season. The CICL chess conference is composed of high schools in central Illinois. The conference is then divided into 3 divisions. The East is composed of schools mostly in the Champaign area; the Central Division are mostly Bloomington-Normal schools and the West is composed of high schools in the greater Peoria area.
The Peoria area high school chess teams came together to form the West division of the Central Illinois Chess League 4 years ago in 2014. Each school is required to play the others in weeknight matches. Division awards for teams and individuals are presented based on these matches. Two local schools hold tournaments, Morton in November and Brimfield in December. Our schools join the East and Central divisions at two Central Illinois Chess League sponsored tournaments, Trahan in October and the Illini Classic in January. IHSA Sectionals are held at the end of January with State following in February.
Hats Off! to our coaches who spend a lot of time bringing chess to their teams.
|East Peoria||Laughlin-Dimitroff, Tamme||Tdimitroff@ep309.org|
|Peoria High||Lucas, John||John.Lucas@psd150.org|
The Central Illinois Chess League Conferences are the back-bone of high school chess in Illinois.
|Aug 2-3||Midwest Chess Camp (K-12)||Peoria Academy|
|Aug 4||Midwest Chess Camp Tournament (K-12)||Peoria Academy|
|Aug 18||Bradley Summer Open (Adult)||Bradley University|
|Oct 13||GPCF Preseason Classic @ TBD (K-HS)||TBA|
|Oct 20||Trahan Tournament (HS)||Normal Community West HS|
|Nov 3||Morton Invitational (IESA,IHSA)||Morton HS|
|Nov 3||2018 Illinois All Grade||Naperville|
|Nov 18||Illinois Class (ICA)||Chicago|
|Dec 1||Brimfield Chess Invitational||Brimfield HS|
|Dec 8||Dunlap Tournament (K-8)||Dunlap Middle School|
|Jan 12||4th Annual Riverview Chess Tournament (K-8)||Riverview Grade School, East Peoria|
|Jan 20||St. Mary's Chess Classic (K-8)||St. Mary's, Metamora|
|Jan 21||Martin Luther King Tournament (K-8)||ISU Bone Center, Normal|
|Jan 25-26||2019 IHSA Sectionals1||Peoria Civic Center|
|Jan 26||Bradley Winter Open||Bradley Student Center, Peoria|
|Feb 2||Von Steubben||Von Steubben Middle School, Peoria|
|Feb 8-9||2019 State IHSA Championship1||Peoria Civic Center|
|Feb 16||41st Tazewell County Scholastic1,5||Marquette Heights, IL|
|Feb 22-23||2019 State IESA Championship)1||Peoria Civic Center|
|Mar 2-3||IL K 8 Championship (ICA K-8||ISU Bone Center|
|Mar 30||PPS PFT Chess Tournament (PPS)||Peoria HS|
|Apr 6-7||2019 Greater Peoria Open3||Mark Twain Hotel, Peoria|
|Apr 20-22||All Girls National Championships||Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago|
|May 18||2019 Peoria Academy Spring Scholastic||Peoria Academy|
All tournaments are rated unless marked as unrated. Rated tournaments require USCF membership, available online or at the tournament. Please check details of all tournaments you may plan to attend by clicking on the tournament name. Clicking on completed tournaments should show the final results.
The tournament schedule is provided courtesy of the Hult Chess Club.