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.
Our school program provides sets & boards to schools in the greater Peoria area which have an active chess club or chess team which meets regularly and competes with other schools. We provide teaching chess software which can be used either with teacher instruction or placed on a computer so that students can do self learning. We also provide a curricula, complete with instructor's notes and integrated with the software so that teachers, who are not chess players, can provide beginning teaching of the game to their students. All of these are free to the schools, they only need to have an active club and request the materials.
Training & Competition
Hult Youth Chess Club meets every Friday evening at the local Schnuck's Market at University & Glen in Peoria. Friday night is fun. We enjoy controlled chaos as we hold a new tournament every week. Kids are split by skill levels so that everyone can have fun and compete with players of their own strength.
We also offer a summer chess camp, workshops, and the Friday night Hult Youth Chess Club. If your group has a particular need please let us know and we will see how we can help.
Adult Community Participation
GPCF/Kingsmen Chess Club meets every Monday evening. The Travelodge, which has been home for several years, has been bought and is either being renovated or the building is being converted for other use. Currently they are meeting from 7pm to 10pm closing at Hardees in the Willow Knolls shopping center, however the club will be moving to the Life Together Center at Sheridan & War Memorial on February 12th. The move will allow us to stay later until 11:30pm so that we can play longer time limit games. The club provides rated & unrated play and the yearly Peoria Championship. The club has been ably run by Wayne Zimmerle for nearly 30 years.
We also sponsor a number of successful regional tournaments each year. Click Tournaments on the above menu for more information. The club also has a local rating system which takes into account participation as well as playing skill to determine the club's yearly champion.
Coordination & Scheduling
For schools that are already active we can also help provide coordination with other schools as well as a schedule of tournaments for your student's participation. We also provide assistive tournament organization & direction help to schools.
USCF Scholastic Membership Program
At our board meeting last year we approved a new program to help underwrite USCF memberships among our local students who are participating in GPCF tournaments. To be eligible students must be a new or expired member who's membership expired in the month of the tournament.This is an experimental program which may or may not be continued in future years, depending upon our success this year. We are hoping to add hundreds of new scholastic players with this commitment to rated chess and increase the numbers of participating members, especially among our inner city youth. Note: We are still less than half way through the school chess season and we already have provided more than 200 new US Chess memberships with fresh faces attending nationally rated tournaments.