Thank You for Helping make this Chess Tournament Something Special

The Greater Peoria Open is held in the Spring of each year. The goal is to provide a high quality tournament with strong competition to allow club players from the central Illinois area to mix and play games with Masters and other strong players. A large prize fund is provided to draw top players. Last year saw a 4 way tie for first, including masters Pete Karagianis and Tim McEntee.. Players are divided into 2 Sections. Anyone can play in the Open Section giving everyone a opportunity to play against a Master. The reserve is restricted to players rated 1400 or less to provide competitive games for everyone

2018 Greater Peoria Open

April 7th & 8th 2018


5 Round Swiss System in 2 Sections:
Open - All players of all strengths are welcome.
Reserve - Only available for players with Ratings 1400 and under.

Time Control:

Game 90 with 30 second increment
(if an increment capable clock is not available, set the clock for 30 second delay instead)

How do I set my clock for Game 90/Increment 30?


Saturday April 7th:
  • 8:00-8:45am Registration
  • 9:30am Round 1
  • 2:00pm Round 2
  • 6:30pm Round 3
Sunday April 8th:
  • 10:00am Round 4
  • 3:00pm Round 5


  • A half-point bye for any round is available during pre-registration only. Once pairings are posted for the first round, no additional half-point byes will be granted.
  • Remember, no prize money will be given to players who do not play the final round and fail to notify the TD of their withdrawal.

Ongoing Side Events:

Walk-in Master Simul presented by the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation
Go over your game with a Master
Restaurant and Chess Store Vendor on-site.

Sets, Boards & clocks will be provided. Organizer provided equipment must be used in cases of equipment dispute. Organizer provided equipment will be discounted and on sale upon tournament completion for schools, clubs and players to purchase.

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Open Section
Guaranteed Place Prizes . . . 1st $500, 2nd $240, 3rd $120, 4th $90
Class Prizes Guaranteed on 3 per class . . .
  • Expert (2000-2199) $90 & $60
  • Class A (1800-1999) $90 & $60
  • Class B (1600-1799) $90 & $60
  • Class C (Below 1600) $90 & $60
Upset . . . $50 (200 Point difference to qualify)
Classes may be combined if less than 3 in a class
Reserve Section
Place Prizes Guaranteed . . . 1st $120, 2nd $90, 3rd $60
Class Prizes Guaranteed on 3 per class
  • Class E (1000-1199) $90 & $60
  • Class F (Below 1000) $90 & $60
Upset . . . $50 (200 Point difference to qualify)
Classes may be combined if less than 3 in a class

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Tournament Entry Fees:
$40 if received on or before midnight April 5, 2018
$50 if received after April 5th or at the door.
Masters play free in Peoria and we don't deduct EF from Prize winnings. We appreciate their participation.

Click to Register Online Now, or mail registration information and Payments to (payable):
Greater Peoria Chess Foundation,
1116 N Parkside Dr
Peoria, IL 61606
Postal-registration: In addition to payment, we must receive by mail the player's Full Name, USCF ID#, Expiration Date, e-mail or street address.

Hotel Registrations and Inquiries:

Mark Twain Hotel
Reservations: 1-866-325-6351
225 NE Adams St, Peoria, IL 61602
Tel: 309-676-3600 or 1-866-325-6351 · Fax: 1-309-636-6118
Email: info@marktwainhotel,com

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More Information:

Direct any Questions to or call 309.981-7210 and leave a message. Please mention the Greater Peoria Open Chess Tournament in your message. Messages are picked up daily and we will try to return your call as soon as possible.

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

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