|2019||58||Patrick Cohen||Pete Karagianis, Henry Getz|
|2018||55||Patrick Cohen||Tim McEntee|
|2017||55||Patrick Cohen||Pete Karagianis, Tim McEntee, Robert Reynolds, Hersh Singh|
|2016||42||Patrick Cohen||Pete Karagianis|
|2015||42||Patrick Cohen||Awonder Liang|
|2014||66||Patrick Cohen||Eric Rosen, Pete Karagianis|
|2013||38||Patrick Cohen||Pete Karagianis|
|2012||23||Wayne Zimmerle||Penny Yue|
|2011||26||Wayne Zimmerle||Nikhil Kunche, D Meliti|
|2010||34||Wayne Zimmerle||Jon Burgess|
|2009||28||Wayne Zimmerle||Trevor Magness, David Long, Mike Leali|
|2008||30||Fred Malcom||Ricardo Szmetan|
|2007||26||Wayne Zimmerle||Alek Stamnov, Trevor Magness|
|2006||42||Wayne Zimmerle||Alek Stamnov|
|2005||24||Wayne Zimmerle||Miomir Stevanovic, David Long, KyleMiles|
|2004||24||Wayne Zimmerle||Miomir Stevanovic|
|2003||49||Wayne Zimmerle||Alek Stamnov|
|2002||28||Wayne Zimmerle||Steve Szpisjak|
|2001||32||Wayne Zimmerle||Alek Stamnov|
|2000||41||Wayne Zimmerle||Herman Chiu|
|1999||42||Wayne Zimmerle||Stanimir Ilic|
|1998||37||Wayne Zimmerle||Chris Merli, Henrikas Sakalinskas|
|1997||23||Wayne Zimmerle||David Mote|
|1996||16||Wayne Zimmerle||David Mote, Steve Szpisjak|
|1995||30||Bill Wilkinson||Wayne Zimmerle, Chester Townsend|
|1994||28||Bill Wilkinson||John Belle|
|1993||16||Bill Wilkinson||Albert Chow|
|1992||37||Bill Wilkinson||Matt Cremeens|
The Greater Peoria Open is the GPCF's premier tournament. It drew 51 players in it's inaugural voyage in 1965, one year after the start of the GPCF. It has been held every year since. 2020 will be it's 56th year and it has long been a USCF Heritage event.
Ross Sprague, then US Armed Forces champion was our first winner. finishing ahead of Dick Verber and a number of other 2000+ players. That event was organized and directed by Murrel Rhodes.
Over the years the attendance has varied, reaching over 100 one year under Bill Naff's direction. Attendance had slowed in the 1990s but seems to have picked up again in recent years.
The GPO is a 5 round two 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 also varied over the years, but usually it has been held in the spring, although one year it was held in October. That experiment didn't produce the desired results and returned to the spring the following year.
For information about next year's GPO, please check out the web site at PeoriaOpen.Org.
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.