Get Ready! The Greater Peoria Open will be here before you know it!


Peoria's own Pete Karagianis has been named US Chess Assistant Director of Events.

"Pete’s calm demeanor, high energy and capable articulation will be valuable assets. He looks forward to sharing his vision of a quality event – a vision born from both his passion for the game and his wealth of experience within US Chess. We are happy to have him as part of our team." - US Chess.


"He's the youngest Grandmaster in the World," says Mike Nietman, the president of the Wisconsin Chess Association. "He already has two world titles under his belt having played in the World Youth Under-8 in Brazil and World Youth Under-10 in the United Arab Emirates. So, he was already a two-time world champion even before he was 11 years old." Liang will face 11 of the nation's best at the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis starting on April 17. He is the youngest Grandmaster in the field.

Greater Peoria Chess Federation/Foundation

is the driving force behind Peoria Chess. The Federation provides tournaments and activities and the Foundation supplies the fiscal muscle to promote chess. Our youth chess programs involve over 200 youths of various ages and include many school and individual state champions.

Mark Twain Hotel

Peoria's premier boutique hotel, the Mark Twain Hotel is located in downtown Peoria and includes one of Peoria's finest resturaunts, Two25, onsite. We will be playing in the ajoining and spacious Packard Plaza. Enjoy the convenience of quick & easy access to the tournament by staying with us for this tournament weekend.

The ICA Illinois Tour

Each year the Illinois Chess Association designates 12 Tournaments across the state as tour events. The top scores across all 12 tournaments wins special prizes by rating class from our state organization. The Bradley Winter Open and the Bradley Summer Open are also Illinois Tour events.

The USCF Grand Prix

The USCF Grand Prix is a set of chess tournaments for prize money rated by the United States Chess Federation. At the end of the year, prizes are awarded to players with the most points. There are 15 Grand Prix points to be awarded at the GPO. The Grand Prix first prize is usually $10,000.

The USCF Heritage Event

A Heritage Event is a tournament that has been held annually for 25 or more years. This will be the GPO's 54th annual tournament, held annually without fail. The first event, held in 1964, was won by Master Ross Sprague who was then also US Armed Services Champion. Last year saw a 4 way tie for first, including masters Pete Karagianis and Tim McEntee.