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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.

Time Control:

Playing Schedule:

Check In:

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


Tournament Entry Fees:

Early entry by is only $.
Late online entry is $.
No Online Entries will be accepted after Online Deadline
$ At the Door.
Players arriving late and registering at the door, might not be paired in the first round.
Players rated under 1400 may play in the Open Section with a $ fee.
USCF membership or JTP is required (See FAQ)
Discounted full USCF youth 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 player's Full Name, USCF ID#, Expiration Date.

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 the Mark Twain Hotel:

    • Take I-55 South out of Chicago toward Bloomington
    • Pick up 74 West outside of Bloomington
    • Take 74 West to Murray-Baker Bridge (Illinois River)
    • Stay in Right Lane on Bridge
    • Take Exit 93, marked Adams/Jefferson Streets
    • At second stoplight, turn left on Jefferson (one way)
    • Go one block and turn left on Fayette (one way)
    • Hotel is immediately to the right
    • Follow 74 East straight into Downtown Peoria
    • Take Exit 92B
    • At stoplight, continue straight to Fayette Street
    • After three blocks, turn right into parking lot of hotel
    • Exit airport onto W. Everett Dirksen Parkway (left)
    • Turn Right onto Airport Road and the immediately Left, merging onto I-
    • At Exit 6, turn Right onto ramp
    • Turn left (East) onto US-24 (W. Adams St.), go approximately 4 miles
    • Arrive at 225 NE Adams Street, turn left into parking lot