This is the third St Mary's Winter chess tournament for grades K-8. This tournament consists of 5 Divisions: Elementary K-5, Middle School/Junior High 6th, 7th and 8th Grades and high school individual.

(Students may play up, so please register for the division in which the student is to compete).

We look forward to seeing you at the tournament at St Mary's school in Metamora on Saturday January 19th.

2019 St Mary's Winter Classic

January 19th, 2019


4 Round Swiss System in 5 Sections:
Elementary - Kindergarten through 5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
High School

Time Control:

40 minutes with a 5 second delay.


Saturday January 19th:
Check in 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
First round starts 9:30 a.m. rolling start for following rounds


Top 3 individual finishers in K-5 get trophies. Top two in each grade will receive medals.
Top 5 individual finishers in each section 6-8 will receive trophies.
Trophies will be presented to the top 3 teams in each 6-8 Division with the top 5 student scores counting toward the team score.
Medals to top 3 in the high school section.
Sections may be combined due to low attendance.

Tournament Entry Fees:

$5.00 per person with on-line pre-registration
$10 per person with on-site registration
Please make payment the day of the tournament.
Please register on-line but no on-line payment can be accepted

All sections will be rated and USCF membership is required. A special $9 USCF membership is being offered by the GPCF to all participants of this tournament. Schools should contact the GPCF for special school discounts.


Click to Register Online Now, or mail registration information and Payments to (payable):
Amy Eckstein at by January 17th, 2019

More Information:

Any questions please email Amy Eckstein at before January 19th, 2019

Sets & Boards & some clocks will be provided. Organizer provided equipment must be used in cases of equipment dispute. Organizer provided equipment will be discounted and on sale upon tournament completion for schools, clubs and players to purchase.

Make checks payable to St. Mary’s Boosters
Payment can be made the day of the tournament

What you need to bring:

A book & equipment will be available for sale during thr tournament.

Directions to St. Mary's School:

From the West (Peoria) take US Route 116 east to Metamora. Turn left on Tazewell Street. St Mary's in about 1 block.

From the East (Eureka) take US Route 116 west to Metamora. Turn right on Tazewell Street. St Mary's in about 1 block.

From the North take US Route 89 south to Metamora. Turn right onto Mt Vernon (Route 116). Proceed west. Turn right on Tazewell Street. St Mary's in about 1 block.