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.

  • Logical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Goal Setting
  • Self Motivation
  • Actions have Consequences
  • Hard Work is Rewarded
  • Builds Self-confidence
  • Mental Alertness
  • Memory Development
  • Patience
  • Focus
  • Learning to Look for Patterns
  • Improved Schoolwork
  • Better Grades

A more complete summary of the benefits of chess can be found Here.

GPCF Receives PPS Community Contribution Award
PPS Community Contribution Crystal Award

Peoria Public Schools awarded the 2017-18 Community Contribution Award to the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation at their June 11, 2018 Board meeting. GPCF provided chess sets and training software to PPS schools and supported a chess tournament at Von Steuben Middle School since 2017. Planned for this school year are more tournaments and a program to provide low cost US Chess memberships to students.

Monday Night Kingsmen & Friday Night Hult Chess Meetings have been canceled until May.
Library & School Closings
The Peoria Public Library will close its doors to patrons March 16-30 in an effort to stymie the spread of the coronavirus. Chess lessons scheduled for the library will instead be moved to Starbucks at Grand Prairie. Please contact your chess coach for complete and up to date details.

llinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday ordered that every school, resturant & bar in the state will be closed until March 30 starting Tuesday amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Currently, normal district operations will resume on March 31st.

The Kingsmen Monday night adult chess club meets at the Life Together Center (formerly the Great Central Insurance Bldg) at Sheridan & War Memorial 7 to 11pm.
(Click here to see location on a map.)

Special ChessBase14 Offer from the ICA

The Illinois Chess Association (ICA) has joined with ChessBase to offer ChessBase14 for only $60 (about $120 at the current exchange rate). This 50% off offer is only available to ICA members. ICA Memberships are available at the ICA website.

This ChessBase 14 download does not come with any databases. Official ChessBase databases can be purchased separately at the ChessBase web site. There are also other large game databases available for purchase or free on the Internet.

This offer is a first come - first served basis as there are only have 75 downloads available for purchase. You can purchase your copy here. Shortly after your payment is received, you will receive an email with the download and an activation key.

Again, this offer is only available to ICA members. If you are not a member, you can purchase an adult membership at the ICA website for only $15, $10 if you are a scholastic player.

ChessBase provides video lessons showing how to use this product here.

If you have any questions about this offer, please email

Pete Karagianis Named US Chess Assistant Director of Events

Peoria's own Pete Karagianis has been named US Chess Assistant Director of Events.

"Pete’s calm demeanor, high energy and capable articulation will be valuable assets. He looks forward to sharing his vision of a quality event – a vision born from both his passion for the game and his wealth of experience within US Chess. We are happy to have him as part of our team." - US Chess.

Visit the
Chess Underground
podcast with Pete Karagianis


Our school program consists of providing sets & boards to schools which have an active chess club or chess team which meets regularly and competes with other schools. We provide teaching chess software which can be used either with teacher instruction or placed on a computer so that students can do self learning. We also provide a curricula, complete with instructor's notes and integrated with the software so that teachers, who are not chess players, can provide beginning teaching of the game to their students. This year we have added USCF membership discounts for students who participate in organized chess competitions. All of these are free to the schools, they only need to have an active club and request the materials.

For schools that are already active we can also help provide coordination with other schools as well as a schedule of tournaments for your student's participation.

We also offer a summer chess camp, workshops, and the Friday night Hult Youth Chess Club. If your group has a particular need please let us know and we will see how we can help.