Peoria City Championship Details  last updated 3/21/2017
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This years City is scheduled to begin April 10th.


Due to the unavailability of some of the qualifiers and committee selections changes to this year's roster have changed.

Here is the list of the 2017 players.

1 Mike Leali           1863 a
2 Peter McConaghie     1832 b
3 Tom Taylor           1820 b
4 Daniel Garrett       1817 a
5 Lawrence Liu         1798 a
6 David Sye            1738 b
7 Gustav Jennetten     1676 b
8 Wayne Zimmerle       1648 a
9 Adam Lonn            1560 a
10 Ron Suarez          1533 b
11 Randy Crum          1500 b
12 Owen Zhang          1456 a

Click here to see the section divisions and pairings.


The Qualifying Events              Current Qualifiers

 1 Defending Champion               Andrew Fei
2 Runner up                                Mike Leali

3 Greater Peoria Open                Daniel Garrett
4 MidSummer Knights Dream     Adam Lonn
5 Bradley Summer Open             Wayne Zimmerle
6 Fall into Chess                          David Sye
7 Winter Qualifier                        Ron Suarez
8 Ladder                                     Peter McConaghie
9 Last Chance Qualifer                Lawrence Liu

The top previously unqualified player in each of the above events will be taken.  Should a player decline to play after qualifying his or her

position would go to anyone that had tied but not since qualified.  If that person does not exist then that would become a committee assigned spot.

Committee Selected  Basic Guidelines  (The Committee currently consists of Murrel Rhodes, Daniel Garrett and Wayne Zimmerle)
10 Highest rated that will play     
Tom Taylor 

Wild Card | Definition of Wild Card by Merriam-Webster
a playing card that can represent any other card in a game. : a person or thing that could affect a situation in a way that cannot be predicted : an unknown or unpredictable factor. sports : a player or team chosen to fill a place in a competition after the regularly qualified players or teams have all been decided. 
11 Wild Card -  So basically this is just another slot chosen by the Committee for various deserving reasons.  Gustav Jennetten

12 Committee chosen for various deserving reasons.  Albert Li

The tiebreak that will be used in case of a tie.  The position will go to the Highest Rated player in the tie. 


The 12 qualifying players are divided into 2 sections of 6 players each. Each section plays a round robin and the section winners then meet in a match to determine the winner.

Assigning Players to Groups A and B.


Our goal is to have two reasonably even groups based on average rating. We do this by first selecting players in order of their rating and assigning them to group A or Group B.


For the first two players, we arbitrarily assign the highest rated player to Group A and the second to group B. So Group A received the highest player in position 1 of the six selections.


If we continue to alternate Group A and Group B (ABABABABABAB) in this way, then, for each of the six selection pairs, Group A will always get the higher rated player. To make it more fair and even out the ratings between the groups, we instead allow Group B to have the higher rated player in every other pair of selections (ABBAABBAABBA). This guarantees a more even and fair spread of players between the two groups.


The Finals Match.


The winners of the two groups meet in a final match. It takes at least 2 points and a lead in score to win the match. Possible scores are 2-0, 2-1, 2.5-.5, 2.5-1.5. If the score is tied at 2-2, we again go to a possible 2 games at G30+5 and 2 games at G5+3, played in a single meeting. The higher rated player receives White in the first game, colors are alternated thereafter.

Ratings Used.


All ratings are the most current available, taken from the rated events, often more recent than the latest published rating.