2019 Peoria Championship Finals Match
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, Micah Tuhy, Ron Suarez Owen Zhang, Alex Beecher and Adam Lonn form Group B.
The championship is getting some clarity. This last week saw the last 2 challengers for Group B fall to the wayside as Adam Lonn defeated Mike Leali and then drew with Owen Zhang. Alex Beecher had already finished his schedule with 4 points. Mike's loss & Adam's draw means their top score is 3.5 and so Alex advances to the finals match against Group A winner Daniel Garrett. (6/24/2019)
The Peoria Championship finals match is now underway and starts with an upset with Alex Beecher picking off an early victory. The game was exciting and has been added to our games list below. As it often does, it came down to a missed threat in a messy complicated position. So Alex is up 1-0 in games and Daniel now needs to win or draw the next game to keep his hopes alive. The match goes to the first one to score 2 points or more with a lead. (6/28/2019)
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. The club will not meet August 12th, but resumes the following week on August 19th. (Click here to see the location on a map.)