Peoria CVB

Grand Hotel to host State Chess Tourney



For More Information, Contact:                                                 For Immediate Release

Mike Leali                                                                                          October 31, 2011


Greater Peoria Chess Federation

(309) 671-0791


Greater Peoria Chess Federation hosts their annual State Chess Tournament


PEORIA, IL - Chess players will battle it out at the 2011 Illinois State Chess Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Grand Hotel & Conference Center.  Children of all ages are welcome to compete.  This is the first year the Greater Peoria Chess Federation will host the all-grade chess tournament.

Tournaments are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Awards will be presented to the winners in each age group; team trophies will be awarded to the group with the top scores in each grade.  Trophies will be awarded when all of the tournaments have finished.

The Greater Peoria Chess Federation is expecting about 150 participants.  The chess tournament is known for attracting people from all over the state who have practiced year-round for this tournament.

"This is a family event that aims to change the lives of children," said Mike Leali, co-organizer of the State Chess Tournament. "It gives kids a good sense of accomplishment and changes the way they think with logic. It teaches them to become very good young adults."

Players will compete only against players within their own grade level in one of 10 to 13 sections.  Each grade is held as a separate tournament. To be eligible to participate, competitors must be Illinois residents. 

Food and chess vendors will also be onsite along with a competition, known as a walk-in simul, involving well-known chess champions Masters Nikhil Kumar Kunche and Timur Aliyev.  The simul will consist of Kunche and Aliyev playing against 15 children at one time.  This allows the participants to be involved in an entertaining and rare experience.

The Greater Peoria Chess Federation was organized specifically for charitable and educational purposes.  They aim to promote adult, junior, team and interscholastic chess events and programs.  After uniting with the Kingsmen Chess Club, the Greater Peoria Chess Federation was created in 1996 to generally promote chess in the Peoria area for all age groups.

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            The 2011 State Chess Tournament will create an economic impact of about $41,250 and fill 100 hotel rooms in the Peoria Area. There will be about 350 individuals in attendance. 

            The PACVB represents an eight county region including Bureau, Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford. The organization's mission is to promote the Peoria Area as a destination for visitors and contribute to the economic growth of the communities they represent.





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