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.
The next downstate All Grade tournament will be held November 16th 2019, in Peoria at the Civic Center. We need creative volunteers to help with a tournament book, tournament logo design & marketing materials. Please share your talents if you can. Make plans now to be there!
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 8 titles.
We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at Von Steuben school in Peoria on Saturday February 3rd.
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.
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.
All dates are tentative and subject to change. The dates shown are the result of discussions with coaches & organizers of events from last year and their preferred dates. Please check this schedule for details as the dates approach.
While perhaps still subject to change, this schedule is likely predictive. If you or your school want to hold a tournament and are not on this list, I would suggest that you find an open date to hold it on, as established tournaments tend to have a following that may impact your potential turnout.
If you have corrections or additions, please contact Patrick Cohen (PatrickCohen@att.net) as he is our keeper of the schedule.
|Aug 1-2||Midwest Chess Camp||Peoria Academy|
(K-8 & HS)
|Aug 3||Midwest Chess Camp Tournament||Peoria Academy|
(K-8 & HS)
|Aug 17||Bradley Summer Open||Michael Student Center (Open & Reserve)|
|Oct 12||National Chess Day Scholastic||Mark Twain Hotel|
(K-8 & HS)
|Nov 9||Morton Invitational||(IESA, IHSA season kickoff)|
|Nov 16||Illinois All Grade Championship||Peoria Civic Center|
(K-8 & HS)
|Dec 7||Brimfield Invitational||(K-8 & HS)|
|Dec 14||Dunlap Inaugural||(K-8)|
|WINTER HOLIDAY BREAK|
|Jan 11||Riverview||Spring Bay (K-8)|
|Jan 11||Illini Classic||(Champaign) (HS)|
|Jan 20||Martin Luther King Day||ISU Bone Center, Normal (K-8)|
|Jan 25||Bradley Winter Open||Michael Student Center (Open & Reserve)|
|Feb 1||Von Steuben||Peoria (K8)|
|Feb 8||St Mary’s||Metamora (K8)|
|Feb 15-16||IHSA||Peoria Civic Center (HS)|
|Feb 22||Tazewell County||Marquette Heights (Tazewell Only, 4-8)|
|Feb 29||IESA||Peoria Civic Center (6-8)|
|Mar 7||IL K-8 Championship||ICA Upstate Chicago area (K-8)|
|Mar 29||Peoria Public Schools||Peoria HS|
(PPS Only K-8)
|Apr 5-6||Greater Peoria Open||Mark Twain Hotel|
(Open & Reserve)
|Apr 19-21||National All-Girls Championship||McCormick Place, Chicago|
|May 17||Spring Scholastic||Peoria Academy (K-HS)|
All tournaments are rated unless marked as unrated. Rated tournaments require USCF membership, available online or at the tournament.
Scholastic tournament participants should check with the tournament officials to see if the special GPCF discount is available for the purchase of your USCF membership. To be eligible you must be a new or expired member who's membership expired on or before the month of 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.
The tournament schedule is provided courtesy of the Hult Chess Club.
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.
Hats Off! to our coaches who spend a lot of time bringing chess to their teams.
|East Peoria||Laughlin-Dimitroff, Tamme||Tdimitroff@ep309.org|
|Peoria High||Lucas, John||John.Lucas@psd150.org|