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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

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

19th July - 2nd August
Good luck to the many Sussex players competing at the British Chess Championships in Aberystwyth...roundup at the weekend

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

17th June
Good luck to Amardip and Matthew playing for England in the European Schools Chess Championship 2014 which starts today in Greece.  Follow their progress here or via twitter:  @ECFESCC2014

14th June
49 U7s contest very close Sussex Championships - congratulations to new champion Arjun Kolani and winning school team London Meed...more

10th June
Schools Cups for 2014 conclude with the Primary (U11) Cup Finals - new Champions are Broadwater A (Div 1), Lindfield Primary (Div 2), Broadwater B (Div 3), and London Meed C (Div 4)

6th June
An exciting Butler (U14) finals day saw Downlands win the Cup; Bishop Bell the Plate, and Darvell the and photos

31st May
Oli, Amardip, Harry and Lucy were all selected to represent SE England U12s in a 3-team jamboree against Wales U12s and Wales U14s - with SE Eng coming joint first with Wales U12s.

29th May
31 children from 11 schools entered the Uckfield Academy event, with Uckfield CTC retaining Top School and Michael Stockham the individual champion, but Rocks Park regaining Top Primary School.

30th May
28 children from 8 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy event, with Birchwood Grove retaining Top School and Tom Rousell the individual champion.

17th May
Final grand prix of the season is a truly International event with visitors from France, USA and Spain! Results and photos and final Grand Prix standings

10th May
U14/U130 team end season on a high with a convincing

10th May
Congratulations to our fantastic U11 team who retained their national title by a margin of 8

Sussex U11 Squad

5th May
Sophia, Milly and Elizabeth all selected for All England Girls match in london...more

5th May
Good weekend for Sussex teams at 4NCL - 1st team secure promotion to 2nd Division and 2nd team chalk up some wins to finish the table and reports

3rd May
420 children from all over Sussex converge on Hassocks for the UK Chess Challenge and photos

1st May
Another very exciting schools cup final - this time the U16 Sir Clarence Sadd Cup - saw Bishop Bell (Eastbourne) retain their title in a competition which featured "exciting chess, great sportsmanship and an outcome in doubt until almost the last move"

Next Training

Sunday 7th September
Copthorne Prep School
Nr. Crawley

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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.

Thursday 24th July
Burgess Hill Academy
Birchwood Grove School
Annual Summer Championship
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Friday 25th July
Uckfield Academy
Holy Cross School
Annual Summer Championship
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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

Crawley Junior Chess Club
Fridays - More Info

Crawley Training & Tournament
Sat 26th July
More Info

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