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.

Tournaments

Peoria Area Tournaments

Bradley Winter Open
The Bradley Winter Open is held in the Winter of each year, usually in January. The goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or below to provide competitive games for everyone


Greater Peoria Open
The Greater Peoria Open is held in the Spring of each year. The goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Last year saw a 4 way tie for first, including masters Pete Karagianis and Tim McEntee.. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or less to provide competitive games for everyone


Bradley Summer Open
The Bradley Summer Open is held in the summer of each year, usually in August. The goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or below to provide competitive games for everyone


Illinois All Grade
All Grade Logo The Illinois All Grade tournament crowns state individual and teams champions for each grade level. This state tournament is usually held in November and rotates between the Chicago metro area and central Illinois with downstate tournaments ocurring in the odd numbered years. Peoria has held the All Grade in 2011, 2015 & 2017.



Peoria Championship

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.


Scholastics

Brimfield
2017 was the second Brimfield Invitational. There are 6 separate unrated tournaments for grades K-5, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade individual sections and a High School Team Tournament with an open section. Both individual and team prizes will be given for the top team scores. This year's event had a record 309 attendees. Brimfield's chess coach and tournament organizer is Robert Bernales.


Peoria Academy

Peoria Academy's chess program began the first year the school opened it's doors in 2000 when the program was started by Mike Leali. PA holds both spring and fall events and sponsors a summer chess camp and camp tournament as well.

St Mary's
2018 is the second St Mary's Winter chess tournament for grades K-8. This tournament consists of 4 Divisions: Elementary K-5, Middle School/Junior High 6, 7 and 8th Grades. (Students may play up, so please register for the division the student is to compete. St.Mary's chess coach and tournament organizer is Amy Eckstein. We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at St Mary's school in Metamora on Saturday January 20th.


Tazewell County
The Tazewell County Tournament, now in it's 39th year, is one of the state's longest running unrated tournaments. It draw over 100 players every year thanks to the continuing hard work of Jolly Webb and Jim Vernon.


Von Steuben
2018 marks the first Von Steuben Winter chess tournament for grades K-8. This tournament consists of 4 Divisions: Lower Primary K-1, Upper Primary 2-3, Elementary 4-5 & Junior High 6-8. (Students may play up, so please register for the division the student is to compete. Von Steuben's chess coach and tournament organizer is Emily Dawson.

We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at Von Steuben school in Peoria on Saturday February 3rd.


IESA
The Illinois Elementary School Association holds it's yearly tournament every February at the Peoria Civic Center. Although there is no direct affiliation between the GPCF and the IESA, the GPCF cooperates in making the Illinois Elementary School Championship a success. We provide a number of directors and scorekeepers for the IESA run tournament. Many of the local students who participate have been schooled by GPCF coaches or attended the Hult Chess Club.


IHSA
The Illinois High School Association holds it's yearly tournament every February at the Peoria Civic Center. Although there is no direct affiliation between the GPCF and the IHSA, the GPCF cooperates in making the Illinois High School Championship a success. We provide a number of directors and scorekeepers for the IHSA run tournament. Many of the local students who participate have been schooled by GPCF coaches or attended the Hult Chess Club.


Central Illinois Chess League West

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.


CICL West Teams:

Hats Off! to our coaches who spend a lot of time bringing chess to their teams.

School Coach Email
BrimfieldBeranles, RobertRobert.bernales@brimfield309.com
DunlapShea, JasonJshea@dunlapcusd.net
East PeoriaLaughlin-Dimitroff, TammeTdimitroff@ep309.org
LimestoneChandler, ShaneSchandler@limestone310.org
MetamoraMurphy, JennyJmurphy@mths.us
MortonSerrurier, KimKimberly.serrurier@mcusd709.org
Peoria HighLucas, JohnJohn.Lucas@psd150.org
PrincevilleJohnson, TonyTjohnson@princeville326.org
RichwoodsSmith, MichaelMichael.smith@psd150.org
WashingtonMadsen, DaveJdmadsen@wacohi.net

The Central Illinois Chess League Conferences are the back-bone of high school chess in Illinois.

2018-2019 Tournament Schedule

Date Event Location
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.

  • Note 1: Unrated Scholastic Tournament.
  • Note 2: Rated Adult Tournament. Recommended for players rated above 1000.
  • Note 3: Rated Adult Tournament with Scholastic sections or Under 1000 Prizes.
  • Note 4: Illinois Tour Event.
  • Note 5: Only for members of the sponsoring organization

The tournament schedule is provided courtesy of the Hult Chess Club.