2021 Illinois MS/JH Championship

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Illinois Elementary School Association

The annual IESA Chess Championship is only one of many tournaments sponsored by the IESA. In addition to the annual chess championship, the IESA also sponsors Championships in Baseball, Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading, Cross-Country (Boys & Girls), Golf (Boys & Girls), Music, Scholastic Bowl, Softball, Speech, Track & Field, (Boys & Girls), Volleyball, Wrestling.The IESA has become an integral part of education in Illinois. The IESA provides the leadership and framework to ensure safe, equitable opportunities for students who are enriched through participation in education-based interscholastic activities throughout Illinois. The Illinois Elementary School Association began in 1929 and today, 959 schools throughout Illinois are members. 2020-21 has been a rough year and IESA must conserve resources and so chose to not hold an IESA chess championship this year.

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 hold this online tournament in support of IESA. Profits (revenues minus direct expenses) will be donated to IESA.


What is Li Chess and why are we holding the online tournament here? LiChess.com is a free playing site with advanced features like
  • automatic recording of moves
  • with the ability to review and analyze games using a computer engine after play
  • cheat detection that prevents players from using an engine to select their moves during a game
Of course LiChess also has plenty of standard features such as a large playing board in various colors, choice of recognizable pieces, multiple time controls etc. Today, Lichess users play more than a million games every day. Lichess is one of the most popular chess websites in the world while remaining 100% free.