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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 2015

U16 Team - NYCA National Champions 2014

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2014

NYCA U14 team 2014

U14 Team - NYCA Joint National Champions 2014

U18 Team - ECF National Champions 2014

Sussex U11 Squad 2014

U11 Team - EPSCA National Champions 2014

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Upcoming Events

25th April
U9s in 7th place out of 18 teams in their National final in Northampton; strength in depth bodes well for the future - more soon

18th April
Our young U11 Girls team have fun day out in Gloucestershire at EPSCA final finishing in a very creditable 6th place - thanks to Amy and Cassie for their mentoring - report

12th April
News from the NCJS Championships in Daventry - U12 George Neale takes his place in the squad having gained 3½/5 and a grading prize, and U10 Oli Manchester gains his 2nd half-norm with 3/5 earning him a place at the trial later this month

11th April
Fantastic result at the Golders Green Rapidplay for Callum Brewer who beat Russian Grandmaster Alex Cherniaev with black in Round 1!

10th April
33 children from 9 schools entered the 25th Burgess Hill Academy event at Birchwood Grove, with Oakmeeds very narrowly winning Top School from the hosts, Benjamin Sturgis of Oakmeeds the individual champion, Henry Tomkins of St Wilfrid's the blitz champion and Matthew Barton of Northease Manor the Easter egg champion.

9th April
37 children from 15 schools entered the 26th Uckfield Academy event at Holy Cross, with UCTC narrowly winning Top School from Top Primary School Rocks Park, and Michael Stockham of UCTC the individual champion and Jack Graham of UCTC the Easter egg champion.

2nd - 6th April
Callum, Dominic, Thomas and Daniel all travelled to Frydek Mistek in the Czech Republic to represent the NCJS in the U15 Open section. All scored well with Callum top-scoring ( 6/8) to take 4th place overall.

29th March
Sussex Martlets 1 secure 2 very good wins and a place in the promotion pool in 4NCL - report

18th March
Congratulations to our U11 squad who won their zone at

Colin Harding
It is with much sadness that we report the death of Colin Harding on Friday. Colin was a great supporter of chess in Sussex. Having taught and run the chess club at Great Walstead for many years he was involved in the creation of Sussex Junior Chess in the early 1990s and remained very active in retirement both at the school and at our events. Our thoughts are with his family.

18th March
Life after junior chess - ex-Sussex Junior and Sussex Martlets 4NCL player Grant Bucher has been rubbing shoulders with GMs at the Reykjavik Open. Grant scored 5½/10 performing well above grading including a win over an FM and a draw with a 2428 rated GM

14th March
Breaking news - U9s win their Zone in

8th March
U14 Open team retain the SCCU Title and U18 Minor team runners up...headline results

7th March
ex-Sussex Juniors Rhys Cumming and Jude Lenier were selected to represent Oxford in the presigious annual Varsity match held at the RAC Club in Pall Mall - the match ended in a 4-4 draw

1st March
Our U9 Boys took on our U11 Girls in a practice match before the forthcoming zone matches...after a strong start in round 1 the girls faded a little in round 2 to allow the boys to retain the Sir Patrick Moore Cup

1st March
Primary Cup second round draw released...who will make it to Finals Day?

1st March
Congratulations to Amardip who came 3rd in the Bexhill Chess Congress U1900 section, gaining over 200 rating points and a £50 rating prize

21st-22nd February
News from the West Of England Championships, Swindon - Matthew Howell 2nd in the Minor, half norms for U12s Hugo and Lucy, Controller's prizes for Thomas and Calum, and a grading prize for Freddie

20th February
27 children from 6 schools entered the 24th Burgess Hill Academy event at Birchwood Grove, with the hosts winning back the Top School trophy, Benjamin Sturgis of Oakmeeds the individual champion, and Tom Rousell of Oakmeeds the blitz champion

20th February
Congratulations to Josh Higgs who has won the B-Turnier of the Internationales Schachopen Graz (Austria) with a score of 7/9, gaining 132 FIDE rating points

19th February
42 children from 13 schools entered the 25th Uckfield Academy event at Holy Cross, with UCTC easily retaining Top School, Rocks Park just winning Top Primary School and Jack Graham of UCTC the individual champion

16th February
Thanks to Brighton College who kindly invited some of our older juniors to a simultaneous display given by GM Nigel Short...more

Nigel Short Simul

Next Tournaments

Saturday 2nd May


** Entry by qualification ONLY**
** Strictly No Entry On The Day **

Please DO NOT send entries by tracked delivery

Sussex players not already qualified may enter a qualifying event on 29th March

More Information

Saturday 16th May
Worthing Grand Prix
Worthing College
1 Sanditon Way, Worthing,
West Sussex BN14 9FD
(Postcode is very new – if your SatNav doesn’t recognise it use BN14 9QD)

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.

Saturday 13th June
Sussex U7 Championships
Great Walstead School

Entry Form


Next Training

Saturday 13th June
Sussex U7 Championships
Great Walstead School

Entry Form


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 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 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