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            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 Championship Archive

            All Years

            Year Games Results Match Winner Runner(s) up
            2019 Games Daniel Garrett Alex Beecher
            2018 Games Michael Leali Alex Beecher
            2017 Games Daniel Garrett Peter McConaghie
            2016 Games Andrew Fei Michael Leali
            2015 Games Andrew Fei Peter McConaghie
            2014 Games Michael Leali Ron Suarez
            2013 Games Andrew Fei Michael Leali
            2012 Games Andrew Fei Drew Streitmatter
            2011 Games Michael Leali Peter McConaghie
            2010 Games Peter McConaghie Andy Voss
            2009* Games Michael Leali Bill Naff
            2008** Games Bill Naff Michael Leali
            2007 Games Peter McConaghie Michael Leali
            2006 Games Peter McConaghie Henry Getz
            2005*** Games Michael Leali Peter McConaghie
            2004# Michael Leali Andy Voss
            2003 Michael Leali Phil Anderson
            2002 Wayne Zimmerle Michael Leali
            2001 Jim Barthel Pete Karagianis, Michael Leali
            2000 Michael Leali Pete Karagianis, Henry Getz
            1999 Henry Getz Michael Leali
            1998 Aleksey Makeyev Tom Smit
            1997 Aleksey Makeyev Michael Leali, Ron Millard
            1993## Bill Naff and Murrel Rhodes, co-champions

            The Peoria City Championship was re-instituted in 1997 after a long number of years of not being held.

            The format from 1997 to 2006 was a 6 man round robin invitational. The first qualifier was the previous years champion. The second qualifier was the previous year's Greater Peoria Open winner or highest placing local player. The third qualifier was the Membership Tournament winner. The winner of the annual December tournament qualified. The winner of the Class Championships also qualified. The sixth player was an at Large Invitee.

            The format was changed in 2007 to include two two player sections with the winners meeting in a playoff match for the title. The first to accumulate 2 points with a lead in score is the match winner. If the score is tied at 2-2, additional 2 games are played at G30d5 and 2 games at G5d3, played in a single meeting.

            To be qualified to participate, players must live in the area served by the GPCF or be regular members of the Monday night Kingsmen Chess Club.


            * - In 2009 a 10 player round robin was played with the top 2 playing a match for the title

            ** - In 2008 two six man round robins were played but the final match between Bill Naff & Mike Leali was never rated.

            *** - In 2005 Mike Leali & Pete McConaghie tied 4-1 in a 6 player round robin. Mike Leali's name appears on the traveling plaque as 2005 champion, so we infer he was indeed the winner, but we have no information about the final match or tie break used.

            # - Decided by 1 game playoff after tournament tie.

            ## - 5 round Swiss, co-champions with 4-1 scores.

            USCF records only go back to 1992, so previous champions are not well documented. Champions from previous eras include Art Hartwig, John Roecker, Tom Mabee, John Lutes, and Bill Wilkinson.