Greater Peoria Chess Foundation


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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.


Peoria Championship

2021 Peoria Championship
Finals Match

Second Round Pairings and Results:

PlayerGame 1Game 2Game 3Score
Daniel Garrett (1990) 1 0 0 1.0
Jacob Butcher (1954) 0 1 1 2.0
Games
Qualifier Standings
Peoria Championship Archive

Jacob Butcher is the new Peoria Champion, defeating defending champion (from 2019), Daniel Garrett 2-1 in the final match. Daniel had won the first game game but Jacob came roaring back to pick up the final two contests.

Due to the lack of qualifiying tournaments in 2020, we hosted an Open Swiss System qualifying tournament to determine the match finalists. Games were played on 5 consecutive Mondays, starting September 13th and ending October 11th. The winners with 5 and 4 points respectively were Jacob Butcher and Daniel Garrett.


While the qualifying play was restructured this year due to the viral pandemic, the rules for the final championship match remained the same. The top two winners of the open swiss meet in a final match. It takes at least 2 points and a lead in score to win the match. Possible scores are 2-0, 2-1, 2.5-.5, 2.5-1.5. If the score were tied at 2-2, we would again go to a possible 2 games at G30+5 and if still tied, 2 games at G5+3, played in a single meeting. If still tied at 4-4, we would play a game of Armageddon (White gets 5 minutes, Black 4 minutes,; Black gets draw odds; the defendig champion gets to choose the color). The higher rated player receives White in the first game, colors are alternated thereafter.


Other than the championship swiss, we open at 7pm and begin play at 7:30pm as always and planned to finish before 11pm.


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


The Friday night Hult Chess Club continues to meet online until school restrictions are lifted


Peoria Championship History archive

Although the Peoria Championship has been held for many years, there are times when the tournament was inactive and times where the records of previous champions have been lost. Since 1997, the Greater Peoria Chess Federation has run a championship every year and recorded the list of champions here.

The Championship is an invitational event. Invitations are given to the defending champion & runner-up from the previous year and to top finishers in club & weekend tournaments. Since the list was started in 1997, Mike Leali is the leader with 8 titles. Qualifications are listed here.


No Peoria Championship was held in 2020 due to the Wuhan COVID-19 pandemic.


The Peoria Championship Tournament Qualifications.

Participation is limited to those who live and/or work in the Greater Peoria area and/or are regularly involved in Greater Peoria chess.


Due ti the lack of qualifiying tournaments in 2020, we will host an Open Swiss System tournament to determine the match finalists. Games will be played on 5 consecutive Mondays, starting September 13th. Registration closes at 7pm and first round pairings will be made. If both players are present they will play their game that evening. Absent players are allowed the 1 week grace period to play their game on an agreed time and place. Those who are registered and unable to attend that evening will be notified by email with the name and email address of their opponent. Players are paired on Monday night and the game must be played by 7pm the next Monday. Top 2 players will advance to the match. The tiebreaker, if needed, will be a game 30 with 5 second increment match or round robin, using the same rules as the longer time limit finals match, played in a single evening on October 18th, unless players make arrangements to meet in the intervening week. Unplayed gamesare forfeited. Two feitures and the player is withdrawn from the tournament.


The Finals Match

The winners of the two sections meet in a final match starting October 25th. To win the match and become the new Peoria Champion, it takes at least 2 points and a lead in score to win the match. Possible scores are 2-0, 2-1, 2.5-.5, 2.5-1.5. If the score is tied at 2-2, we again go to a possible 2 games at G30+5 and if still tied, 2 more games at G5+3. All fast games played in a single meeting. The higher rated player receives White in the first game in each set, colors are alternated thereafter.



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