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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 4th.

2023 Morton Invitational
225 E Jackson Street, Morton, IL 61550
November 4th, 2023

Description:

4 Round Swiss System in 4 Sections:
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)
7th Grade Open (must be at least in 5th Grade)
8th Grade Open
Players are required to record their games.

3 minute Bughouse 4 rounds - at the end of the day.

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)
Junior High/Middle School sections of the tournament are USCF rated & USCF membership is required.
No section of the 2023 Morton Invitational team tournament is USCF rated & USCF membership is NOT Required.
USCF Memberships (1 year) will be available from GPCF for $9 at the tournament, maximum of $99 per school.

Time Control:

High School: 40 minute games with a 5 second delay.
Junior High: 40 minute games with a 5 second delay.

Schedule:

Check in 8-9am
First round starts 9:00 a.m. Followed by Rounds Starting ASAP.

Trophies:

Top 3 high school teams.
Top 3 individual finishers in each open section.
Top high school/middle school bughouse team.

Cost:

$5 per person (any division) – max $100 per school
  • Late registration will be $10 per student with no max per school
  • Teams not registered by 3pm on Friday before tournament will not be paired for round 1
Make checks payable to Morton Jr. High School
Payment MUST be received BEFORE the tournament.
Schools should register and pay through their coach.
Junior High Divisions will be rated. All junior high players will need a US Chess membership. Memberships (1 year) will be available from Greater Peoria Chess Foundation for $9 at the tournament, maximum of $99 per school.
GCPF will cover the cost of anyone over the 11 players. Make checks payable to GPCF

Registration:

Coaches should sign up online by November 1, 2023.
Payment must be mailed and received in advance to:
Kim Serrurier
Morton Junior High School
225 E Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550


What you need to bring:

  • Notation sheets and writing instrument
  • Chess clock (if available) should be set at 40 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 sets & boards)
Tournament Sets & Boards & some Clocks will be provided.
Organizer provided equipment must be used in cases of equipment dispute.

More Information:

Any questions, please email kimberly.serrurier@mcusd709.org by November 1, 2023