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Sussex Junior Chess

Est. 1995 - President: GM David Howell

British Chess Educational Trust Award 2012

Sussex Junior Chess is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers which exists to promote and popularise chess amongst school age children in the county.

We offer training days at venues around the county, and organise tournaments for individuals and schools. We also select and run county teams - Under 9, Under 11, Under 11 Girls, Under 12, Under 13, Under 14, Under 16 & Under 18 -  who compete in national events.

All surpluses from SJC events are used to develop junior chess in Sussex.

If you would like to make a donation to support our work, please use this link.....

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ECF Grades

U16 Team - NYCA National Champions 2014

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2014

NYCA U14 team 2014

U14 Team - NYCA Joint National Champions 2014

U18 Team - ECF National Champions 2014

Sussex U11 Squad 2014

U11 Team - EPSCA National Champions 2014

U14 Team -SCCU Champions 2014

Sussex U13 Team National Champions 2013

U13 Team - ECF National Champions 2013

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Upcoming Events

26th January
New ECF grades are out

17th January
Well done to our U11 girls team, 2nd in 5-Counties match in

11th January
Another good weekend for Sussex Martlets 1 at 4NCL; 2nd team still struggling to find their form...more

10th January
U14/U130 team in closely fought home win vs Kent 12½ - 11½

10th January
First outing for our new U9 squad results in convincing win vs Berks, Bucks & Hants in Twyford...more

4th January
92 compete in Hastings GP - report & photos - and updated GP placings


2nd January
35 children from 10 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy winter championships and for the first time ever, the hosts Birchwood Grove were narrowly beaten into second place by Oakmeeds, with Matthew Barton and Oliver Falvey jointly winning the individual title after all tie-breaks failed to separate them.

2nd January
50 children from 13 different schools attend first SW Sussex Academy tournament of 2015. Individual champions were Rajan Allenby, Jake Burford and Ethan Langridge. Broadwater were top school, followed closely by West Park, St Margarets (Angmering) and & photos

30th December
30 children from 12 schools entered the Uckfield Academy winter championships, where Uckfield CTC strongly regained Top School with the first three individual places, with Michael Stockham winning on a tie-break, and Rocks Park narrowly winning Top Primary School over Blackboys.

28th - 30th December
Fantastic day for Sussex at the LJCC; congratulations to Amardip - winner of the U12 Major, and Calum, 4th=. Meanwhile in the U8s Arjun secures 2nd place.

13th-14th December
Congratulations to Thomas Manchester - joint 1st in the LJCC U10 Minor...more

7th December
Home advantage saw Birchwood Grove and Burgess Hill School for Girls secure the School Team prizes with Laura Borland and Cassie Graham individual champions in hotly contested event followed by a Christmas party...more

30th November
U14/U130 team find their form with a win over Essex 14 - soon

26th Nov - 4th Dec 
Good luck to Callum & Billy playing for England in the World Schools Chess Championship 2014 being held in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.  To follow their progress click here or via the twitter feed: @ECFWSCC2014

23rd November
Nearly 100 contest 3rd GP of the season at Horsham...results & photos and updated grand prix placings

16th November
A record 130 contest Sussex U9, U11, U13 and U18 titles in very exciting event...results and photos

16th November
4NCL season kicks off with a good win for Sussex Martlets 1 vs Guildford 3; Sussex Martlets 2 were outgraded on both days but had some excellent individual performances....more

8th November
U12 and U16 teams retain their NYCA national titles in Telford...reports

5th November
Uckfield CTC honoured for contribution to chess with a BCET more

5th November
30th October - 27 children from 8 schools attended the 22nd Burgess Hill Academy event at Birchwood Grove, with the hosts narrowly winning Top School above emerging secondary schools, and Thomas Lawrence again individual champion

31st October - 17 children from 10 schools attended the 23rd Uckfield Academy event at Holy Cross, with Lewes Old Grammar Seniors winning Top School, Rocks Park narrowly retaining Top Primary School from Harlands, and Michael Stockham the individual champion.

2nd November
Slow start to the season for U14/U130 team who reversed last years result, losing 18½ - 5½

Next Training

Sunday 25th January
Bede's Prep, Eastbourne
No parking at the school. Ample free parking on seafront and adjoining roads - please allow extra time for your journey.

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Next Tournament

Saturday 7th February
Eastbourne Grand Prix

Bishop Bell school

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If you are planning to attend one of our tournaments but have not had time to pre-book, we would politely ask that you telephone or email before 9:00pm the evening before (details on the entry form, or, via our ContactUs tab) - this helps us ensure a prompt start at the published time.
Unregistered players arriving after 9:45 will miss round 1. A half point bye may be awarded at the organisers' discretion.

SJC Academy Events

Entry welcomed from pupils attending Sussex schools.

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Events listed here are not organised by Sussex Junior Chess. Enquires and feedback should be directed to the organisers.

Brighton Junior Club
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Burgess Hill Junior Chess Club
Mondays - More Info and website

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Fridays - More Info

Crawley Training & Tournament
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Crowborough Junior Chess Club
Fridays - More Info

Horsham Junior Chess Club
Tuesdays - More Info

Worthing Knights Junior Chess Club
Thursdays - More Info

Become a Member

Join Sussex Junior Chess for only £10 per family and enjoy discounted event entry!
Application form

Membership is reduced to £5 if you are also a silver or gold member of the ECF. Currently the ECF are offering FREE silver membership to new junior members....find out more

Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries which will be dealt with in strict confidence.
Please email us for details.

Roving Reporters Wanted

Are you an experienced SJC member competing in out-of-county events? If so, we would love to hear how you get on to celebrate your success and inspire new members.

GM David Howell drops in to GP5

GM David Howell drops in to Eastbourne Tournament, Feb 2013

SJC players representing England at European Schools CC in Serbia 2013

GM Gawain Jones and IM Thomas Rendle sign autographs at GP4 January 2013

SJC receive BCET award 2012

SJC awarded British Chess Educational Trust award 2012

Sussex players at WSCC 2013

SJC players representing England at World Schools CC in Greece 2013

London Chess Classic 2013

GM David Howell with SJC prizewinners

European Youth Prague Aug 2012

Amy with GMs David Howell and Stephen Gordon at the European Youth Championships in Prague August 2012