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Chess Tip of the Day: Think First, Move Second!

Our December schedule changed when Brimfield and Dunlap had to cancel their scheduled tournaments (Brimfield is rescheduled for January 18th). Rather than have nothing available for December, the GPCF is offering to hold the Winter Invitational at the Mark Twain Hotel's Packard Building. It's a rated event with discounted US Chess memberships available.

Awards will be given to the individual winners in all sections. Team trophies will also be given for the top team scores in each section. A team is composed of the top 4 scores. To compete as a team, all players must be from the same school or home schooled but teamed with the school that they would attend if in the public school system.

Tournament Announcement

Illinois State All Grade Chess Championship


Title: Peoria Holiday Scholastic
When: December 14th, 2019
Where: Packard Building, Mark Twain Hotel
Category: Scholastic


Swiss System in 5 sections (depending on entries): Players compete only against players in their own section. Players are not permitted to play up into a higher section. All High School players (Grades 9-12) compete in a single section. The High School & Junior High Sections are individual/Team tournaments. The top four players from the same school count toward the team score.

No byes last round. Byes for any single round must be requested before the end of the first round. Only one half-point bye is allowed per player. Additional missed rounds receive no points. All other rules/regulations shall be in accordance to ICA By-laws and the USCF Rulebook.

Playing Schedule:

Check In:

Ongoing Side Events:

Food and Chess Store vendors will be on-site.r


Tournament Entry Fees:

Early entry by is only $.
Late online entry is still only $.
No Online Entries will be accepted after Online Deadline
$ At the Door.
Players registering late at the door, might not be paired in the first round.
USCF membership or JTP is required (See FAQ)
Discounted full USCF memberships may be available from the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation at registration.


Click to Register Online Now, or mail registration information and Payments to:
In addition to payment, we must receive by mail the Student's Full Name, USCF ID#, Expiration Date, Grade and School.

Greater Peoria Chess Foundation,
6201 N Devonshire Dr
Peoria, IL 61615

More information:

Direct Questions to or call (309) 981-7210, please mention this Tournament in your message so we may be prepared with your answer on our call back.
Sets and Boards will be provided. Organizer provided equipment must be used. Equipment will be on discounted sale upon tournament completion for school clubs and parents to purchase.

Directions to Von Steuben School:

Von Steuben School is located next to the Peoria Public Schools Administration Office on the corners of East Forrest Hill & Wisconsin.

From War Memorial Drive (Route US 150) Turn south at the light intersection with Wisconsin (Leonardo's Pizza) After several blocks the School will be on your left. The first building is the Administration Building, the larger building, set further back from the road is Von Steuben.

From I-74 take the Knoxville exit which only goes north on Knoxville Avenue. Take Knoxville north for several miles. Turn right onto East Forrest Hill Avenue. After 5 blocks, Von Steuben will be on your left.

From the South (Bartonville, Route 29) after you pass under Interstate 474, stay to your left and take Adams Street when the streets divide. Continue several miles until you pass over I-74 and then take the very next left onto Spalding Avenue immediately after the overpass. Stay left and merge onto Knoxville Avenue when the street divides. (Staying in the center will merge onto I-74 west and take you away from your destination. Staying to the right will drop you into local hospital traffic). Take Knoxville north for several miles. Turn right onto East Forrest Hill Avenue. After 5 blocks, Von Steuben will be on your left.