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All of our schedules have changed due to the pandemic. Rather than have nothing available for December, the GPCF is offering to hold the Winter Invitational online. It's no longer a USCF rated event with discounted US Chess memberships available, but will be played online at Games will be rated using the LiChess ratings.

There is a 6 board high school section and 4 open sections. Players compete only against players in their own section. Awards will be given to the top team and individual winners in all sections. Team trophies will also be given for the top team scores in each section. High school teams compete according to IHSA rules. In the open sections, 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:
* All roster changes must be submitted by 8:30. Changes submitted after 8:30 are not guaranteed to be made prior to the start of round 1.

Ongoing Side Events:

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


3 Team Trophies per each section: HS (team), 6th, 7th & 8th
3 Team Trophies per each grade
Top 3 Individual Trophies for each grade: 6th, 7th, 8th & HS Open
Top 3 Individual Trophies per each grade in K-1
Prizes will be given to the schools after the event.

Tournament Entry Fees:

$5 entry fee must be paid ahead of the start of the tournament. $100 cap per school.
Players registering late, might not be paired in the first round.
No Online Entries will be accepted after Online Deadline


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.