The Bradley Winter Open started in 1994 as the January Tornado. It has continued annually ever since, undergoing a name change in 2013 to become the Bradley Winter Open when the University agreed to host the tournament. 2020 will be it's 26th consecutive year and is now a USCF Heritage event.
Pete Karagainis has won or shared the title 4 times, while Doug VanBuskirk & Bill Naff have each won or shared a title 3 times.
Attendance was low in the early years, but since 2010 the average attendance has nearly doubled. Bradley's support never waivered the BWO has averaged over 40 players per year for the past 10 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 next year's BWO, please check out the web site at BradleyWinterOpen.Com.
Published USCF records only go back to 1992, so previous champions are not well documented. 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.