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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

U18 Team - ECF National Champions 2014

Sussex U11 Squad 2014

U11 Team - EPSCA National Champions 2014

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

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Upcoming Events

22nd - 26th August
Billy, Cosima, Humberto, Josh, Matthew F, Matthew and Oli Howell all took part in the Gibraltar Junior International - prizes for Josh & Cosima, and Charlie wrote an entertaining daily blog for the ECF website

21st August
SJC features in latest edition of Sussex Chess News

16th - 17th August
News from the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Terafinal - Arjun Kolani Top U9 in Challengers A, Cassie Graham 3rd= Challengers B, and Amardip, Arran, Calum, Paul and Zevon all in the prizes...roundup

4th - 6th August
Daniel Sutton, Ollie Willson, Josh Higgs, Amardip Ahluwalia and Oli Howell all represented England in the winning Glorney (U18), Robinson (U14) and Stokes (U12) Cup teams in Stirling...full results

25th July
39 children from 14 schools entered the Uckfield Academy annual summer championship, with Uckfield CTC winning Top School, Rocks Park winning Top Primary School and Batuhan Kaya of St Andrew's and Callum Smith of Uckfield CTC inseparable on 5.5/6 as joint individual champions

24th July
36 children from 7 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy annual summer championship, with Birchwood Grove winning Top School and Thomas Lawrence of Birchwood Grove the individual champion with 6/6

The season awards sponsored by Burgess Hill Rotary Club were won by Birchwood Grove as top school, with Thomas Rousell of Birchwood Grove the season champion

19th July - 2nd August
Congratulations to our girls' mentor Amy Hoare - the new British and English Women's Champion

...and our President GM David Howell, joint British Champion. Other winners - Arjun Kolani 3rd= in U9s, Will Graham 3rd= in U180, David Liu and Callum Brewer 3rd= in U14...roundup & photos

24th July
New ECF grades are out...has yours gone up?

13th July
News from the Gigafinal - Amardip and Lucy win their sections, qualifying for the Terafinal. Arran, Arjun, Calum, Cassie, Daniel, Harry, Michael, Jonathan, Oliver Manchester, Paul, Rhiannon, Tanith and Zevon qualify for the Challengers and lots of Silver Plate qualifiers...roundup

6th July
Weald Chess Congress - congratulations to new Sussex Champions Ollie (U18), Cassie (U14) and Tanith (Girls' Anne Gammans)...more

29th June
Sussex win both ECF U18 National Championship and the U18 Minor...headline results, more soon

28th June
Cassie, George, Hugo and JuJu all travelled to Coulsdon for a 7-round FIDE rapidplay - in a very strong field all scored 3+ points with Hugo and JuJu scooping a grading prize with 3½/7

21st June
Oli Howell (Captain), Daniel Finn, Harry Armstrong and Lucy Bennet-Stevens were all selected to represent SE England vs The Rest in the annual U11 match organised by EPSCA -  defeating the visitors by 18.5 points to 13.5

21st June
Congratulations to 7 year old Torrin Whiting who won her section of the UK and Ireland Girls Chess Championships in Surrey with 14/15 points


Next Training

Sunday 7th September
Copthorne Prep School
Nr. Crawley
* There will be a BBQ at this event *

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Next Tournament

Saturday 13th September
Crowborough Tournament

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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.

Burgess Hill Junior Chess Club
Mondays - More Info

Crawley Junior Chess Club
Fridays - More Info

Crawley Training & Tournament
Sat 6th Sept

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