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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

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Upcoming Events

4th - 5th July
Good luck to all Sussex players at the still coming in but Amardip, Jonathan, Paul and Timmy win their sections taking them through to the Terafinal; several others through to the Challengers and the Silver Plate....roundup soon

24th June - 3rd July
Good luck to Amardip who is representing England at the European Schools Chess Championships in Konya, Turkey

23rd June
Congratulations to Primary Cup champions Copthorne Prep (Div 1), English Martyrs (Div 2), London Meed (Div 3) and Harlands (Div 4)...headline results and photos

21st June
On the longest day of the year 30 Sussex players travelled to Grantham to compete in the ECF U18 & U13 Championships; scooping 2nd place in the U18 Open, U13 Open and U13 Minor...more

Sussex U13 Minor Team 2015

13th June
60 under-7s contest Sussex Championship; congratulations to champion Adam Faulkner and top school Great more

Adam (Sussex 2015 U7 Champion) with GM David Howell (Sussex 1997 U7 Champion)

...and season ends with the Bruce Dienes awards followed by annual end of season simultaneous featuring IMs Tom Rendle and Chris Baker, watched by GM David more

29th May
22 children from 9 schools entered the 26th Burgess Hill Academy event at Birchwood Grove, with Oakmeeds easily winning Top School and Matthew Barton of Northease Manor the individual champion on 6/6.

28th May
25 children from 9 schools entered the 27th Uckfield Academy event at Holy Cross, with Uckfield CTC only narrowly winning Top School, Rocks Park only narrowly winning Top Primary School and Jack Graham of UCTC individual champion on 6/6.

30th May
12 Sussex players selected to represent SE England vs Wales in Monmouth...more

23rd - 29th May
A very successful trip to Poland with the NCJS for Amardip, Freddie, Oli and Matthew...more

19th May
Congratulations to Copthorne Prep, Ashdown House and Downlands - winners of the U14 Butler Cup, Plate and Shield more

16th May
101 attend final grand prix of the season in Worthing...headline results and final Grand Prix placings

9th May
Well done to our U11 squad - just squeezed into 4th place at the National Final in

4th May
Congratulations to Batuhan Kaya who travelled to the Berkshire Megafinal; coming top in the U11 boys with 5 out of 6

2nd May
420 children attend Sussex Megafinal...results & photos

Megafinal Lost Property:
Found at venue: blue water bottle; ladies scarf; blue hoodie
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2nd May
Wins for both Sussex Martlets teams in 4NCL; Sussex Martlets 1 now looking forward to promotion to Div 1 next season!

27th April
Congratulations to U11 Calum Salmons who has been selected to the National Chess Junior Squad following a successful trial in Liverpool at the weekend

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

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

Next Tournament

Saturday 13th September
GP1 - Crowborough

Entry Form


There is no outside playspace at this venue.
The venue is shared with an adult chess tournament run by Crowborough Chess Club.

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.

Next Training

Sunday 6th September
Copthorne Prep. School

Entry Form


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 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