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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

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

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

22nd November
Latest Academy results...

Uckfield Academy 27th October – 28 children from 14 schools attended with Jack Graham of Uckfield CTC individual champion and UCTC easily winning Top School, but Top Primary School was very close, with Rocks Park only just retaining it.

Burgess Hill Academy - 30th October – 25 children from 7 schools attended with Oakmeeds just winning Top School and Tom Rousell of Oakmeeds individual champion.

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

15th November
4NCL season starts with a tough weekend for Sussex Martlets 1 in Div 1 but good wins for Sussex Martlets 2 in their campaign for promotion from Div 4...results

9th November
Schools Butler Cup draw released

7th November
2nd National title of the season - at the NYCA Championships in Telford our U12s won their section and our U16s were runners up...headline results

1st November
More news from Leeds...congratulations to Lucy Bennet-Stevens who earned her second half-norm and thus her place in the NCJS England Squad; and to JuJu Samworth-Calvier on his first half-norm

31st October
Nearly 40 compete to become Sussex U8 champion - congratulations to Matthew Armstrong...full results

31st October
Congratulations to Jonathan Britnell, Oliver & Thomas Manchester, and Edward Gray who all achieved half norms at the British Rapidplay in Leeds - Edward was also 2nd= with 4/5

24th October
Good luck to Ollie Willson and Oli Howell playing for the National Junior Squad in Rotterdam. They will face teams from the hosts, Paris and Murmansk. Follow their progress here

18th October
Well done to Batuhan; 2nd in Kent Tunbridge Wells GP with 5/6 qualifying for the LJCC U12 Major

17th October
Bumper entry of 112 contest Worth GP LJCC qualifier. Congratulations to winners Timmy (U8), Callum (U10), Rajiev (U12), Thomas and David (U18) and crosstables and updated Grand Prix table

15th October
Primary Cup round 1 draw released

10th - 11th October
The NCJS pre-trial circuit started in Nottingham with half norms for Alec, Jonathan, Leo, Oliver and Xavier

27th September
First National title of the season - at the NYCA Championships in Northampton our U18s won their section and our U14s were runners up...more soon

20th Sept - 1st Oct
Good luck to Arjun who has been selected to represent England at the European Youth Chess Championships in Croatia; follow his progress here

12th September
Nearly 100 juniors compete in the first tournament of the season..more

1st - 16th September
Good luck to Amy, playing in the World Junior U20 Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia...follow her here

20th - 25th August
Congratulations to Amardip, 2nd= in the Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival with 5/6; and to Oli Howell just behind on 4/6...more

23rd August
Sussex juniors feature in latest issue of Sussex Chess News

15th-16th August
10 Sussex players take up their places at the final stage of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge - U11 Amardip is our highest placed in the Terafinal with 12 points (8th=); Calum, Callum & Cassie all win prizes in the Challengers sections..roundup

Sunday 6th December
Training Day - Burgess Hill

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Sunday 6th December
Sussex Girls Championships Burgess Hill

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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.


Sunday 3rd January
Hastings GP Tournament

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Sunday 24th January
Training Day - Brighton

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SJC Academy Events

Entry welcomed from pupils attending Sussex schools.

Worthing & District Tournament
23rd December 2015
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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