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.

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Peoria Chess History

This is the Peoria Chess History Project. Our goal is to recover as much of Peoria's chess history and publish it here on the Internet. The early years were relayed by Dean Lybarger, Glen Babcock and Art Hartwig. The more recent stories are from my memory and those still active in Peoria Chess. Not all of what we know is here yet and there is much we still do not know. It is a work in progress. If you have any information regarding Peoria long chess history, please share with us so we can share with the world.

Murrel Rhodes

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Early Beginnings

The 1945 US Open

The Peoria Chess League

The Greater Peoria Chess Federation

The Bradley Summer Open

The Greater Peoria Open

The Greater Peoria Championship

The 1989 K-9 National Championships

The 1998 K-12 National Championships

The Greater Peoria Chess Foundation

The Hult Youth Chess Club

The Kingsmen Chess Club Today

Scholastic Chess

Illinois Chess