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.
Peoria Speed Championship
The GPCF Speed Champion is determined over the course of 4 Monday nights. On the first Monday night 3 Game 20 games are played. On the second night the speed increases to Game 15 and 4 games are played. The third night goes to 5 rounds of Game 10. Then the time control goes to Game 5 with 6 rounds played.
In the event of a tie the tied players play a Sudden Death playoff Game 5 game until one of them wins.
The name of this tournament originally was the Beat Pete Speed Tournament in honor of Pete Karagianis the tournament’s designer. And since Pete won the first tournament the title remained the Beat Pete Speed Tournament. He defended his title once and Peter McConaghie seized the traveling trophy so for awhile it remained a Beat Pete Tournament. But when Michael Leali won it it became the Massacre Mike Tournament. When Drew won it became the Destroy, Decimate, Dump and Demolish Drew tournament.
No Speed Championship was held in 2020 & 2021 due to the Wuhan COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the years it was held at irrgeular intervals. We now plan to rename to the Peoria Speed Championship and make it a once a year event, starting January 17th.
Peoria Speed Championship Past Winners
The winner takes possession of the Traveling Speed Chess Trophy