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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 - 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

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

Latest Academy News

Thursday 23rd July – 39 children from 16 schools entered the Uckfield Academy summer championships, with Jack Graham of Uckfield CTC unbeaten as the champion and UCTC comfortably wiinning Top School, but Rocks Park only won Top Primary School on a tie-break from Blackboys and East Hoathly. Report and photos to follow.

Friday 24th July – 32 children from 12 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy summer championships, with Matthew Barton unbeaten as champion and Birchwood Grove narrowly regaining Top School from Oakmeeds; the Burgess Hill Rotary Club season awards also were presented – to Matthew Barton and Birchwood Grove!  Report and photos to follow.

25th July - 8th August
The second week of the British Chess Championships brought success for Billy (U16s), Dominic (U14s) and Arjun (U10s) who all won a share of 2nd place in their championships...roundup

First Sussex player in the prizes at the British - Callum 2nd= in the U15s

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

19th - 23rd July
Well done to Ollie Willson, Matthew Forster and Oli Howell who represented England in the Glorney-Gilbert International hosted by the Irish Chess Union...more

16th July
News from the Academy Schools programme – an Under-16 schools invitation tournament at Downlands saw the hosts achieve a resounding win against Uckfield CTC – report and photos soon

15th July
Chess Cafe culture comes to East Grinstead...East Grinstead Chess Club have joined forces with the Book Shop in the historic High Street to provide visitors with the chance for a casual game of chess on Wednesdays from 2.30pm throughout the summer...more

9th July
News from the Academy Schools programme - an Under-19 schools invitation tournament at Uckfield CTC saw the hosts beat Lewes Old Grammar convincingly – report soon

12th July
Many Sussex juniors do well at 9th Weald Sussex U18, U14 and Girls Champions are Callum, Matthew and Cassie...full results

10th July
Fresh from Turkey, Amardip played the Kings Place Festival in London, winning the £50 U155 grading prize in the Major section with 4½/6

9th July
Congratulations to Dominic Miller who has won the inaugural chess scholarship to Brighton College...more

4th - 5th July
Well done to our 140 players at the Gigafinal...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

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

Sunday 11th October
Training Day - Eastbourne

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Saturday 17th October
GP Tournament - Worth

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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.


Saturday 31st October
Training Day - Burgess Hill

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Saturday 31st October
Sussex U8 Championships Burgess Hill

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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
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Crawley Junior Chess Club
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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