2021 Illinois All Grade

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Greater Peoria Chess Foundation

The GPCF is the driving force behind Peoria Chess. We provide sets and boards to the local school chess programs and tournaments and activities. The Foundation supplies the fiscal muscle to promote chess in the Greater Peoria area. Our youth chess programs involve 100s of youths of various ages and have included the state champions both individual and school team. See our web site for more details on our services. The GPCF is proud to have obtained the bid for the 2019 All Grade and hope you enjoy your stay.


Illinois Chess Association

The State All Grade Championship is only one of many tournaments sponsored by the ICA. In addition to the All Grade in the fall, the ICA also sponsors the K-8 Championship in the spring. In the All Grade, students play only those in their own grade. In the K-8, at the end of the school year, the emphasis is more on teams and grades are mixed so that more schools can have team participation. ICA also provides adult tournaments such as the Illinois Open, the Illinois Class and the Illinois Senior championships.


Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center should be a familiar site to scholastic chess players in Illinois. It has been the host site for The IHSA and IESA state tournaments for years. This year's All Grade will be held in the same Ballroom. But instead of having skittles the area a distance away, we are splitting the ballroom into 2 sections with the playing space in one section and the skittles between round space next door.