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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

U14 Team -SCCU Champions 2014

U16 Team - NYCA National Champions 2013

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2013

Sussex U14 Team

U14 Team - NYCA National Champions 2013

Sussex U13 Team National Champions 2013

U13 Team - ECF National Champions 2013

Sussex U11 Team 2013 - EPSCA National Champions

U11 Team - EPSCA National Champions 2013

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Upcoming Events

17th - 21st April
Thomas Finn has spent Easter competing at Frydek Mistek in the Czech Republic as part of the England delegation. As well as scoring an excellent 4½/8, Thomas enjoyed a varied program of fun cultural activities...ask him about his experiences when you see him next. Inspired to try for selection to the England Squad? Talk to any of the SJC coaches for information on what is involved.

19th April
40 children from 11 schools attended the 19th Burgess Hill Academy event at London Meed on 7th April, with Birchwood Grove retaining Top School and the individual champion was Oliver Manchester

12th April
Bexhill CC invited Ollie Willson along for a simul...his first. Well done to Ollie who emerged 11½ - ½ up; Thomas Finn being the only undefeated opponent...more

6th April
Congratulations to Matthew Howell who earns his first NCJS half-norm with 3/5 in the U16s at the Squad Championships in Daventry. Narrow miss for George despite an excellent win against a highly rated player in R2.

30th March
Very close match for U14/U130 team against Middlesex but narrow loss ends hopes of a place in the

22nd March
U11 Girls finish safely mid table in very tough

18th March
Schools Butler Cup results updated and fixtures for Finals Day released...more

15th March
Congratulations to Sussex U11s - runners-up in South

13th March
U11 Girls enjoy pizza and chess social with Amy...more

9th March
Sussex host SCCU U14 & U18 jamborees and home advantage secures the U14 Minor, U14 Open and U18 Minor titles, plus runners up in U18 Open...more

8th March
U9 Team runners up in their zone at

8th March
Ex-Sussex Junior (& current Sussex 4NCL player) Rhys Cumming selected to play for Oxford in the annual Varsity match; securing a draw against a higher rated opponent

6th March
Lewes Old Grammar School, Uckfield CTC and Worth School contest the Wilson Cup - congratulations to winners UCTC - report

2nd March
Our U9 and U11 Girls teams warmed up for their upcoming zones with a 'friendly' match alongside our Bexhill training day... more

21st February
The 18th Burgess Hill Academy event at London Meed saw 40 children enter from 8 schools, with Birchwood Grove convincing winners of Top School and Leo Yu the individual champion.

20th February
The 19th Uckfield Academy event at Rocks Park saw 32 children enter from 12 schools, with the hosts winning Top Primary School and Uckfield CTC regaining Top School, with Michael Stockham individual champion.

22nd February
News from the West of England Championships, Swindon: Roland Bourne wins Saturday Intermediate with 5½ out of 6, Edward Gray 3rd= in U9s and Leo Yu 3rd= in U8s...roundup

16th February
Sussex U11 team wins 4-Counties match - report

15th/16th February
Convincing wins for Sussex 1st team in 4NCL; 2nd team take a battering from higher rated opposition. Report soon.

9th February
Two Sussex U9 teams take part in 7-Counties (9 teams) match in Newbury; both scoring 18½ points to share 4th place! Report

Sussex U9 squad 2014

8th February
107 compete at Eastbourne GP and GM David Howell takes a break from Uni to present the prizes..more. Season grand prix placings updated


Delancey UK Chess Challenge
Sussex Megafinal

Saturday 3rd May
Downlands Community School


Closing date for entry is Tuesday 29th April


Next Training

Saturday 14th June
Great Walstead School

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Next Tournament

Saturday 17th May
Worthing (GP6)

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.

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

Burgess Hill Junior Chess Club
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Crawley Junior Chess Club
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Crawley Training & Tournament
Sat 26th April
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Crowborough Junior Chess Club
Fridays - More Info

Horsham Junior Chess Club
Tuesdays - More Info

Worthing Knights Junior Chess Club
Mondays - 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