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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

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2015

U18 Team - NYCA National Champions 2015

U14 Team -SCCU Champions 2015

U16 Team - NYCA National Champions 2014

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2014

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Upcoming Events

6th February
A record 118 contest Eastbourne GP...headline results and updated Grand Prix placings

Lost Property: red jumper, assorted coats - contact us

30th January
Results coming in from the South of England Championships at Yateley; congratulations to Amelie Rees, Timmy Hedger, Callum Vyse, Elizabeth Finn, Paul Northcott, Calum Salmons, Dominic Miller, and Amardip Ahluwalia who were all in the prizes;

Alec & Giovanni both earned their 2nd U11 half norms and will join Edward, Oliver, Leo, Jonathan, Thomas and Xavier at the NCJS trial in April;

JuJu (U14) and Cassie (U15) both gained their 2nd half-norms for the NCJS...roundup

26th January
New ECF grades are out - has yours gone up?

24th January
The NCJS circuit continued to Liverpool for the EPSCA Rapidplay. Congratulations to Giovanni Currah and Oliver Manchester who came 2nd=; and Edward Gray who came 3rd= Also, second half-norms for Edward, and Thomas Manchester who will now join Oliver, Leo, Jonathan and Xavier at the trial in April, and a first half-norm for Giovanni Currah...roundup

24th January
Tough weekend at 4NCL for Sussex Martlets 1 but some good individual results against titled players for Brian and Ollie

23rd January
Hot off the press - Sussex U14/U130 team win their second match vs Richmond 18½ - 5½ ... match report to follow soon.

16th January
It was the turn of our Girls' team to start their competition season with a warm-up match against Barnet, resulting in a good

9th January
Good start to the competition season for our new U9 squad who won their 4-Counties match in Berkshire

9th January
More Academy news...

...on 30th December 31 children from 10 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy winter championships, with Downlands winning Top School and Ben Pryse of Downlands the individual champion...

...and on 4th January – 35 children from 7 schools entered the Uckfield Academy winter championships, with UCTC retaining Top School, Blackboys achieving Top Primary School and Michael Stockham of UCTC the individual champion.

3rd January
103 compete for titles in Hastings GP and GM David Howell presents the prizes (and cake to birthday girl Elizabeth) and photos and updated Grand Prix placings

28th-30th December
Congratulations to our latest NCJS member Batuhan Kaya who earned his 2nd half norm by scoring 6/9 in the LJCC U12s...half norms for Jonathan, Oliver, Leo and Xavier...and U8 top girl for Elena ...roundup

23rd December
48 children from 18 different schools attend SW Sussex Academy tournament in

12th-13th December
Congratulations to Dominic, Amardip, Lucy and Arjun who were all in the prizes at the London Junior Chess Championships and a half-norm for Batuhan...roundup

13th December
Ben Power was chosen to make the opening move in R8 of the London Chess Classic for GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Thanks to Ray Morris-Hill for permission to use the photo

6th December
43 girls and 4 school teams contest Sussex Girls' Championships...headline results

6th December
Latest Primary Cup results

28th November
First outing for the U14/U130 team this season with an away win 14.5 - 9.5 against

22nd November
104 travel to Horsham for the 3rd in the grand prix series...headline results and updated GP placings

15th November
A record 120 contest U9/U11/U13 & U18 Championships - congratulations to new champions Timmy Hedger, Alec Hedger, Amardip Ahluwalia and Thomas more


Sunday 28th February
Training Day - Bexhill
Incorporating U9 vs. U11 Girls Friendly Match
Limited parking available at venue and in adjacent Community Centre - please allow time to find on street parking

Entry Form



Sunday 3rd April
Training Day - Washington

Incorporating SJC A.G.M.

Entry Form



Saturday 30th April
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Sussex Megafinal

Entry by qualification.
Strictly no entries on the day.
More information.


Saturday 21st May
Worthing GP Tournament

Entry Form


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.

Monday 15th February
Uckfield Academy
Uckfield Community Technology College
Entry Form

Friday 19th February
Burgess Hill Academy
Birchwood Grove School
Entry Form

You may be interested in...

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

Burgess Hill Junior Chess Club
Mondays - More Info and website

Crawley Junior Chess Club
Fridays - More Info

Crawley Training & Tournament
Next event will be posted here

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 contact 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.

Adam (Sussex 2015 U7 Champion) with GM David Howell (Sussex 1997 U7 Champion)

GM David Howell joint British Champion, and Amy Hoare British Womens Champion Aug 2014

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

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