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.

Tournaments

Peoria Area Tournaments

Bradley Winter Open archive
The Bradley Winter Open is held in the Winter of each year, usually in January just after the students return to campus following the year end holidays and break. The goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or below to provide competitive games for everyone


Greater Peoria Open archive
The Greater Peoria Open is held in the Spring of each year. The goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or less to provide competitive games for everyone


Bradley Summer Open archive
The Bradley Summer Open is the longest running college sponsored chess tournament in the country. It is held in the summer of each year, usually in August just as students return to campus following the summer hiatus. Our goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or below to provide competitive games for everyone


Illinois All Grade
All Grade Logo

The Illinois All Grade tournament crowns state individual and teams champions for each grade level. This state tournament is usually held in November and rotates between the Chicago metro area and central Illinois with downstate tournaments ocurring in the odd numbered years. Peoria has held the All Grade in 2011, 2015, 2017 & 2019.

This year's All Grade tournament has just finished November 16th 2019, at Peoria at the Civic Center. The next one appears downstate in 2021. We hope to bid on it once again and bring it to Peoria. Results are posted elsewhere, just click on the All Grade name when you see it.



Peoria Championship 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. Qualifications are listed here. Since the list was started in 1997, Mike Leali is the leader with 8 titles.


Scholastics

Brimfield
2019 will be the fourth Brimfield Invitational. There are 6 separate unrated tournaments for grades K-5, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade individual sections and a High School Team Tournament with an open section. Both individual and team prizes will be given for the top team scores. Last year's event had a record 309 attendees. Brimfield's chess coach and tournament organizer is Robert Bernales. NOTE: The Brimfield tournament for 2019-20 school year has been moved to January 18th.


Peoria Academy

Peoria Academy's chess program began the first year the school opened it's doors in 2000 when the program was started by Mike Leali. PA holds both spring and fall events and sponsors a summer chess camp and camp tournament as well.

Riverview

2020 will be the fifth Riverview's schlastic chess tournament for grades K-8. This tournament consists of 4 Divisions: Elementary K-5, Middle School/Junior High 6, 7 and 8th Grades. Riverview's chess coach and tournament organizer is Robert Blackburn. We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at Riverview School on Route 26 in north East Peoria.

St Mary's
2020 will be the fourth St Mary's Winter Classic chess tournament for grades K-8. This tournament consists of 4 Divisions: Elementary K-5, Middle School/Junior High 6, 7 and 8th Grades. (Students may play up, so please register for the division the student is to compete. St.Mary's chess coach and tournament organizer is Amy Eckstein. We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at St Mary's school in Metamora on Saturday January 20th.


Tazewell County
The Tazewell County Tournament, now in it's 42nd year, is one of the state's longest running unrated scholastic tournaments. It draws over 100 players every year thanks to the continuing hard work of Jolly Webb and Jim Vernon.


Von Steuben
2020 marks the third Von Steuben Winter chess tournament for grades K-8. This tournament consists of 4 Divisions: Lower Primary K-1, Upper Primary 2-3, Elementary 4-5 & Junior High 6-8. (Students may play up, so please register for the division the student is to compete. Von Steuben's chess coach and tournament organizer is Emily Dawson.

We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at Von Steuben school in Peoria on Saturday February 3rd.


IESA

The Illinois Elementary School Association holds it's yearly tournament every February at the Peoria Civic Center. Although there is no direct affiliation between the GPCF and the IESA, the GPCF cooperates in making the Illinois Elementary School Championship a success. We provide a number of directors and scorekeepers for the IESA run tournament. Many of the local students who participate have been schooled by GPCF coaches or attended the Hult Chess Club.


IHSA

The Illinois High School Association holds it's yearly tournament every February at the Peoria Civic Center. Although there is no direct affiliation between the GPCF and the IHSA, the GPCF cooperates in making the Illinois High School Championship a success. We provide a number of directors and scorekeepers for the IHSA run tournament. Many of the local students who participate have been schooled by GPCF coaches or attended the Hult Chess Club.




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2019-2020 Tournament Schedule

All dates are tentative and subject to change. The dates shown are the result of discussions with coaches & organizers of events from last year and their preferred dates. Please check this schedule for details as the dates approach.


While perhaps still subject to change, this schedule is likely predictive. If you or your school want to hold a tournament and are not on this list, I would suggest that you find an open date to hold it on, as established tournaments tend to have a following that may impact your potential turnout.

If you have corrections or additions, please contact Patrick Cohen (PatrickCohen@att.net) as he is our keeper of the schedule.


DateEventLocation
Jul 13Bloomington Summer OpeniExcell, Bloomington
Aug 1-2Midwest Chess CampPeoria Academy
(K-8 & HS)
Aug 3Midwest Chess Camp Tournament"Peoria Academy
(K-8 & HS)
Aug 17Bradley Summer OpenMichael Student Center (Open & Reserve)
Oct 12National Chess Day ScholasticMark Twain Hotel
(K-8 & HS)
Oct 26Peoria Academy Fall ScholasticPeoria Academy
Nov 9Morton Invitational(IESA, IHSA season kickoff)
Nov 16Illinois All Grade ChampionshipPeoria Civic Center
(K-8 & HS)
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Dec 14GPCF Winter InvitationalMark Twain Hotel
(K-8 & HS)
WINTER HOLIDAY BREAK
Jan 11RiverviewSpring Bay (K-8)
Jan 11Illini Classic (Champaign) (HS)
Jan 18Brimfield Invitational (K-8 & HS)
Jan 20Martin Luther King DayISU Bone Center, Normal (K-8)
Jan 25Bradley Winter OpenMichael Student Center (Open & Reserve)
Feb 1IHSA SectionalsTBD
Feb 1Von SteubenPeoria (K8)
Feb 8St Mary’sMetamora (K8)
Feb 8Carl Dunn Memorial Burlington, IA (Open)
Feb 14-15IHSAPeoria Civic Center (HS)
Feb 22Tazewell CountyMarquette Heights (Tazewell Only, 3-8)
Feb 28-29IESAPeoria Civic Center (6-8)
Mar 2Peoria Public SchoolsPeoria HS
(PPS Only K-8)
Mar 20-22IL K-8 ChampionshipICA Upstate Chicago area (K-8)
Apr 5-6Greater Peoria OpenMark Twain Hotel
(Open & Reserve)
Apr 19-21National All-Girls ChampionshipMcCormick Place, Chicago
May 17Spring ScholasticPeoria Academy (K-HS)

Changes marked in bold italics


All tournaments are rated unless marked as unrated. Rated tournaments require USCF membership, available online or at the tournament.


Scholastic tournament participants should check with the tournament officials to see if the special GPCF discount is available for the purchase of your USCF membership. To be eligible you must be a new or expired member who's membership expired on or before the month of the tournament.


Please check details of all tournaments you may plan to attend by clicking on the tournament name. Clicking on completed tournaments should show the final results.


Open tournaments are open to any qualified player (USCF membership, etc). Reserve is limited based on rating. Scholastic tournament eligible grades are also listed. Other qualifications are written in the text.


The tournament schedule is provided courtesy of the Hult Chess Club.










Central Illinois Chess League West

Most schools choose to organize into conferences to arrange for a competitive season. The CICL chess conference is composed of high schools in central Illinois. The conference is then divided into 3 divisions. The East is composed of schools mostly in the Champaign area; the Central Division are mostly Bloomington-Normal schools and the West is composed of high schools in the greater Peoria area.


The Peoria area high school chess teams came together to form the West division of the Central Illinois Chess League 5 years ago in 2014. Each school is required to play the others in weeknight matches. Division awards for teams and individuals are presented based on these matches. Two local schools hold tournaments, Morton in November and Brimfield in December. Our schools join the East and Central divisions at two Central Illinois Chess League sponsored tournaments, Trahan in October and the Illini Classic in January. IHSA Sectionals are held at the end of January with State following in February.




CICL West Teams:

Hats Off! to our coaches who spend a lot of time bringing chess to their teams.

School Coach Email
Brimfield Bernales, Robertrobert.bernales@brimfield309.com
Dunlap Shea, Jasonjshea@dunlapcusd.net
East Peoria Laughlin-Dimitroff,
Tamme
tdimitroff@ep309.org
Limestone Stromberger, Conniecstromberger@limestone310.org
Manual Stevens, Adamadamharrisonstevens@gmail.com
Metamora Karch, Jessicajkarch@mths.us
Morton Serrurier, Kimkimberly.serrurier@mcusd709.org
Peoria High May, Jenniferjennifer.may@psd150.org
Princeville Johnson, Tonytjohnson@princeville326.org
Richwoods Smith, Michaelmichael.smith@psd150.org
Washington Madsen, Davejdmadsen@wacohi.net

The Central Illinois Chess League is the back-bone of high school chess in Central Illinois.