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Chess Tournament

Think First, Move Second!


The Bradley Summer Open is the longest running university sponsored tournament in the nation. It was also the first tournament run by the GPCF in 1964. It has been held every year since, with exception only for the Covid pandemic. This will be it's 58th year and it has long been a USCF Heritage event.


David Taylor, a Decatur expert then and now an over-the-board and correspondance master, was our first winner. finishing ahead of a small contingent that included Peoria Expert John Roecker. That event was organized and directed by Murrel Rhodes.


Over the years the attendance has varied, never reaching 100. Attendance had slowed in the 1990s and early 2000s, missing drawing even 20 players from 2005 until 2008. Bradley's support never waivered the BSO has averaged over 40 players per year for the past 5 years.


The BSO is a 4 round one day Swiss System tournament. The original format was a 2 day tournament with a single section, open to all players. The change to a single day format was changed in the 70s. Today the format has changed a little with a Reserve section added, open to players 1400 and below. The dates have varied a little over the years, but usually it has been held in the fall when the students return from summer break rather than in the heat of summer.


2022 Bradley Summer Open

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