2019 Peoria Championship Starts
Defending and 8 time champion Mike Leali is back to defend his title which he won in a 3-game finals match against Alex Beecher last year. This year Mike and Alex will face off in the preliminary 6-man round robin. Seedings are based on ratings and so the position of players in the tournament change from year to year as some players gain and others lose rating points.
After the two 6-man round robin semi-finals, the winner of each section meet in the finals for the first to win 2 points with a lead.
This year Daniel Garrett, Peter McConaghie, Kurt Bendoraitis, Len Brown, Matthew Leali and Michael Li form Group A. Michael Leali, Tom Taylor, Ron Suarez Owen Zhang, Alex Beecher and Adam Lonn form Group B.
Daniel Garrett defeated Pete McConaghie to join Adam Lonn, Kurt Bendoraitis and Alex Beecher with early wins. Two first round games remain to be played.
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 the location on a map.)