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, Micah Tuhy, Ron Suarez Owen Zhang, Alex Beecher and Adam Lonn form Group B.
After a slow down in play over the Memorial holiday weekend, play resumed June 3rd. Daniel Garrett completed his domination of Grup A with a win over Michael Li to go 5-0. He awaits the winner of Group B. Alex Beecher has a lead in Group B with a perfect score of 4 wins. However, he has yet to play Mike Leali who stands at 1 win and 1 draw but still has a chance at the Group title by winning his remaining games. (6/3/2019)
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. (Click here to see the location on a map.)