National Chess Day

Chess Tip of the Day: Think First, Move Second!

The National Chess Day is in the fall of each year on the second Saturday of October. The day celebrates the long history of chess and recognizes the role chess plays in connecting people across societies. The game has broken many barriers – class, language, and cultural – simply by two people sitting down to play one of the most mentally challenging games in the world.

President Ford first declared National Chess Day on October 9th, 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration.

For both professionals and amateurs, chess is a game that sharpens the mind, tests human faculties and encourages healthy competition. It has captivated the attention of players and specators world-wide and will continue to do so as long as competition and excellence challenge mankind.
~ President Gerald Ford
~ October 1976

Tournament Announcement

National Chess Day


Title: National Chess Day Scholastic
When: October 12th, 2019
Where: Mark Twain Hotel
Category: Scholastic


Swiss System in 2 sections. Players compete only against players in their own sections, Elementary or High School.

All players must be residents of the state of Illinois. round. Byes for any single round must be requested before the end of the first round. Only one half-point bye is allowed per player. Additional missed rounds receive no points. All other rules/regulations shall be in accordance to GPCF By-laws and the USCF Rulebook.


Elementary; G/45+5, 5-SS, (9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm)
High School; G/60+5, 4-SS, (9:00am, 11:15am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm)

Ongoing Side Events:

Walk-in simul presented by the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation (tentative)
Food and Chess Store vendors will be on-site. Order your official 2019 National Chess Day T-shirt (pre-order only).


3 Elementary Team Trophies
3 High School Team Trophies

5 Individual Trophies for each section

Tournament Entry Fees:

$10 post-marked by 10/09/2019, $15 thereafter.
USCF membership or JTP is required (See FAQ).
Discounted full USCF memberships may be available from the Greater Peoria Chess Foundation at registration new or expired October or before.


Click to Register Online Now, or mail registration information and Payments to (payable):
In addition to payment, we must receive by mail the Student's Full Name, USCF ID#, Expiration Date, Grade and School.

Greater Peoria Chess Foundation,
1116 N Parkside Dr
Peoria, IL 61606

More information:

Direct Questions to or call (309)981-7210, please mention the National Chess Day Scholastic Tournament in your message so we may be prepared with your answer on our call back.
Sets and Boards will be provided. Organizer provided equipment must be used.

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