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In 1996, the Federation set up the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation, whose primary mission is to sponsor and support youth chess. The Foundation supplies teaching materials and maintains an extensive library of books, chess sets and boards for support of local chess activities, including beginning clubs.
Approximately 16 elementary and high schools in Peoria, both public and private, have chess clubs. Most are run by a faculty sponsor with help from one or more parents of club members.
Approximately 12 youth tournaments are held in Peoria during the school year. Highlights include the tournament hosted by Washington School District 52 in the late fall, which draws 100-150 players. Two other major Peoria events, held toward the end of the school year, are the District 150 tournament (100-125 players) and the Tazewell County tournament (150 plus). Peoria also hosts workshops and a summer chess camp. Princeville, about 25 miles from Peoria, also has an active and vibrant chess program.
Peoria has also hosted several major national and state events including the 1989 National Jr. High School Championships, the 1996 and 2006 Illinois State Elementary Championships, and the 1998 National Elementary Championships.
Peoria is also home to John Lutes, the author of many chess books who had the distinction of drawing Bobby Fischer in tournament play. The www.gpcf.net website has information on local events, players, city championship games and the Federation’s lending library.