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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

U13 Team - ECF Champions 2016

U13 Under 110 Team - ECF Champions 2016

U18 Under 130 Team - ECF Champions 2016

U18 Team - SCCU Champions 2016

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2015

U18 Team - NYCA National Champions 2015

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Upcoming Events

26th June
Sussex host ECF Junior County Championships in Brighton and capitalise on home advantage to secure U18 Minor, U13 Open and U13 Minor titles plus 2nd place on tiebreak in U18 Open...headline results

18th June
Large Sussex contingent selected to represent London & the SE U11s vs 'The Rest' - Jonathan Britnell, Giovanni Currah, Ed Gray, Alec Hedger, Timmy Hedger, Xavier Laurillard, Oliver & Thomas Manchester - London & the SE won 21-17

17th - 25th June
Good luck to Dominic Miller who is competing in the European Schools Chess Championships in Halkidiki, Greece as part of the England delegation...follow his progress here

11th June
The final end of season prizegiving took place at Great Walstead - congratulations to Timon Walshe-Grey, winner of the Bruce Dienes cup; and Reggie Barker, Torrin Bell and Maxwell Kendall who received Bruce Dienes awards...more

11th June
45 contest Sussex Under-7 championship...results and photos

Academy News
2nd June – 26 children from 11 schools entered the Uckfield Academy event at UCTC, with the hosts narrowly retaining Top School from the Top Primary School, Rocks Park, the individual champion being Michael Stockham of UCTC.

3rd June – 23 children from 10 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy event at Birchwood Grove, with Oakmeeds convincingly retaining Top School and Birchwood Grove just retaining Top Primary School, the individual champion being Tom Rousell of Oakmeeds.

4th - 5th June
This weekend saw the NCJS home internationals vs Wales in Monmouth. On Saturday Alec, Ed, Oliver & Thomas represented SE England U12s whilst Amardip, Freddie, Harry, Matt, Dominic and Joseph represented the U14s. On Sunday Polina & Elizabeth both represented England U11 Girls and Leo represented SW England U10s...roundup

21st May
Congratulations to Oliver Manchester - Oliver took part in the NCJS U11 trial circuit this season attending 7 events and winning the trophy for the highest overall score - the first Sussex player to win this award

21st May
Bumper turn out of 123 contest last tournament in this seasons grand prix series at Worthing - results and photos and final grand prix placings

17th May
This week saw the Sussex Schools Primary Cup finals - congratulations to champions Wallands, Lewes (Div 1), English Martyrs, Worthing (Div 2), Little Common (Div 3), and East Hoathly (Div 4)...full results

12th May
12 school teams contest the Sussex Schools U14 Butler Cup finals - congratulations to champions Brighton College (Butler Cup), Great Walstead (Butler Plate), and Copthorne Prep (Butler Shield)

Con Power
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Con Power. Con was a stalwart of Hastings Chess for many decades and became a regular helper at our tournaments over the last few years supporting his grandson. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

7th May
U11 team just squeezed out of medals into 4th place at final in High Wycombe..but Sussex share 2nd place overall in the AudioChess Grand

30th April
Over 400 compete in Sussex Megafinal and over 130 make it through to the next stage - the Gigafinal in

2nd May
News from the 4NCL: Congratulations to Sussex Martlets 2 who finish the season Div 4S champions, losing only 1 match out of 11. Sussex Martlets 1 had a challenging season in Div 1 where they were outgraded in every single match but still produced some excellent individual results.Thanks to Sue Howell who steps down as Admin Manager after two very successful seasons, negotiating many logistical challenges to steer the first team to promotion last season and the second team this season...full results

24th April
Congratulations to our new NCJS members who were all successful at the trial in Liverpool - Jonathan Britnell, Giovanni Currah, Alec Hedger, Xavier Laurillard and Oliver Manchester

23rd April
Breaking news: U9 team 3rd in their national

16th April
Congratulations to our U11 girls team who travelled all the way to Cheadle Hulme for their national final and came

Sunday 11th September
Training Day - Copthorne

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NB. We will be sharing the venue with the Crowborough Chess Club Rapidplay and there is no outdoors playspace at this venue

Saturday 17th September
Crowborough Tournament (GP1)

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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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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