Thank You for Helping make this Chess Tournament Something Special

The Morton Invitational kicks off the Central Illinois High School Chess League season. In addition to the high schools, junior high & middle schools are also welcome to come and participate in our junior high school open section. We will have separate 7th Grade and 8th Grade sections.

The Peoria area high school chess teams came together to form the West division of the Central Illinois Chess League 5 years ago in 2014. Each school is required to play the others in week night matches. Division awards for teams and individuals are presented based on these matches. Two local schools hold tournaments, Morton in November and Brimfield in December.

Our schools join the East and Central divisions at two other Central Illinois Chess League sponsored tournaments, Trahan in October hosted by the Central diviision and the Illini Classic in January hosted by the East division. IHSA Sectionals are held at the end of January with State following in February.

The high schools play in team format with top boards pairing off in order.

We look forward to seeing you at the tournament on Saturday November 9th.

2019 Morton Invitational
225 E Jackson Street, Morton, IL 61550
November 9th, 2019


4 Round Swiss System in 4 Sections:
7th Grade Open (junior high/middle schools with 6th grade classes may play their 6th graders in the 7th grade section)
8th Grade Open (restricted to players in the 8th Grade)
7th & 8th Grade tournaments are nationally rated and USCF membership is required.
High School Team (Players matched by board, 6 boards, CICL rules for weighted board scoring)
High School Open (Individual play only, no teams. Mostly JV players)
High School tournaments are not rated.

3 minute Bughouse 4 rounds (at the end of the tournament)

Time Control:

30 minutes games with a 5 second delay.


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


Top 3 individual finishers in each section.


$5 per person (any division) – max $100 per school
Make checks payable to Morton Jr. High School /h5>


Coaches & parents should sign up online or mail name, grade level and school to by November 1, 2019. Payment will be collected at the door.

What you need to bring:

  • Notation sheets and writing instrument
  • Chess clock (if available) should be set at 30 minutes with a 5 second delay
  • Money or food for lunch and snacks (Concession stand will be available with lunch options)
  • Items for entertainment and relaxation (Books, games, music, cards, chess boards)

More Information:

Any questions, please email by November 1, 2019

Directions to Morton Junior High School: