Greater Peoria Chess Foundation


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.

Kingsmen are now meeting Monday Night at Hardees

The Kingsmen Chess Club will resume our Monday night meetings June 12th at the Hardees in the Willows Knolls shopping center at 7pm as usual. This is a temporary site, we are working to find another permanent site since the Pizza Works has decided to close on Mondays. Many other restaurants in the Peoria area have been closing on Mondays for some time. Hardees is not a good long term solution as it closes early. Kingsmen met at Hardees previously a few years ago, but moved when we found the Life Togerther Center. Please continue to watch this space for further updates.

2023 Peoria Academy Spring Scholastic

Where: 2711 West Willow Knolls Dr., Peoria, IL 61614.

When: Saturday, May 13th 2023

What: This tournament is a 4 round officially rated United States Chess Federation (USCF) Swiss System Scholastic event for individuals. Players divided in two approximately even sections by rating for pairing and prize purposes. All players play all rounds.

Who: Eligibility Pre-K through High School.

Registration: Registration is at the door.

Entry Fee: $15 per player (payable at site, check or cash). USCF membership required and can be purchased at site. Advance Entry requested (but not required), e-mail You may still pay at the door, we would just like to get an idea of how many players to expect. Check-in from 8 to 9am. No new entries and no substitutions allowed on Saturday morning after 9am. This allows time for first round pairings. First round will start at 9:30am. Other rounds and awards ASAP.

USCF Membership Special Offer: is required. A special USCF 1 year new/renewal membership will be available for $9 for players who are under 18 years old on the membership expiration date. This membership offer is only available on site.

Schedule: Time Control: Game 45 minutes, 5 second delay

Prizes: Individual trophies. Trophies to the top 10 individuals in each section. Upset trophy for each section (100 points or more). You must have a score of at least ½ point to get a trophy. We use 5 tiebreakers: Solkoff, Modified Median, Sonneborn-Berger, Performance of Opposition, and Average Opposition.

Extra: Depending on how quickly the rounds are conducted, a half-hour lunch break may be taken sometime between 11am and 1pm. Pizza and juice will be available.

Directions to Peoria Academy: From I-74 take War Memorial Drive Exit (89) North to Allen Road. Turn Right onto Allen Road and Take Allen Road up the hill to W Willow Knolls. Turn Left on W Willow Knolls and quickly Turn Right just past the Car Dealership. You are in the Peoria Academy parking area and the Chess Tournament is in the East Building, the smaller building on your right.