The Bradley Summer Open is thelongest running university sponsored tournament in the nation. It was also the first tournament run by the GPCF in 1964. It has been held every year since. 2020 will be it's 57th consecutive year and it has long been a USCF Heritage event.
David Taylor, a Decatur expert then and now an over-the-board and correspondance master and 7th US Correspondance Champion, was our first winner. finishing ahead of a small contingent that included Peorian Johhn Roecker. That event was organized and directed by Murrel Rhodes.
Over the years the attendance has varied, never reaching 100. Attendance had slowed in the 1990s and early 2000s, missing drawing even 20 players from 2005 until 2008. Bradley's support never waivered the BSO has averaged over 40 players per year for the past 5 years.
The BSO is a 4 round one day Swiss System tournament. The original format was a single open section, open to all players. Today the format has changed a little with a Reserve section open to players 1400 and below. The dates have varied little over the years, but usually it has been held in the fall when the students return from summer break.
For information about this year's BSO or last year's results, please check out the web site at BradleySummerOpen.Com.
Published USCF records only go back to 1992, so previous champions are not well documented. We did receive a copy of the 1990 results from winner Robert Reynolds. Peoria Champions from previous eras include Tom Mabee, John Lutes, Murrel Rhodes and Bill Naff. We are trying to locate other records from before 1992.