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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 - NYCA National Champions 2016

U13 Team - ECF Champions 2016

U13 Under 110 Team - ECF Champions 2016

U18 Under 130 Team - ECF Champions 2016

U18 Team - SCCU Champions 2016

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2015

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Upcoming Events

28th September
We have just been advised that parking will be limited at Brighton College on Sunday - please allow extra time to find on street parking or consider public transport.

25th September
Our U14 team have won our first national title of the season at the NYCA Championships in Northampton; our U18s were runners up in their section...headline results

17th September
Grand Prix tournament season gets underway at Crowborough with 96 juniors vying for and photos, and Grand Prix standings

13th September
The delayed 2015/16 Sadd Cup Under-16 final took place at Downlands with all five teams originally entered taking part. A strong contest with high quality chess was eventually won by Uckfield CTC - headline results, photos to follow

2nd September
The Burgess Hill Academy summer championships saw 36 children entered from 17 schools, a special invitation having gone to Uckfield Academy. The event was still narrowly won by the hosts Birchwood Grove, with the individual champion Michael Stockham of Uckfield CTC with a perfect 6/6

The Burgess Hill Rotary Club shields for the season were presented to Birchwood Grove CP as best school for the fourth year running and to Ed Hamey of Downlands as best player

10th September
Some of our players qualified for the Silver Plate competition by scoring 3½ or more at the UKCC Gigafinal in July - congratulations to Maya McMahon who won the U10 Girls section with an unbeaten 5/5

3rd - 4th September
Amardip Ahluwalia, Jonathan Britnell, Giovanni Currah, Alec Hedger, Xavier Laurillard, and Oliver Manchester all travelled to Flanders to represent the NCJS in their annual fixture. The team won, and Amardip scooped the top scorer prize.

3rd September
Well done to Batuhan who won the Godalming Open U13 section with 5/5

30th August
Sussex Chess News is out and features lots of stories about our juniors

20th - 21st August
News coming in of some great Sussex results from the UKCC Terafinal...Amardip and Calum 3rd=, Lucy shares top girl prize and Solomon is top U9. More prizewinners in the Challengers...roundup

18th - 23rd August
Batuhan, Cassie, David, Matthew F, Matthew L, Oli and Vincent all took part in the Gibraltar Junior Chess Festival - well done to David who came 3rd= in the U16s, and Cassie who was =Top Girl

7th - 22nd August
Good luck to Amy, competing in the World U20 in India - follow her progress here

5th August
Sadd Cup (U16 School Teams) Update: this was set for Tuesday 5th July. Unfortunately the NUT decided to strike on that day, so the event had to be cancelled.  It has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 13th September at Downlands School.

5th August
Congratulations to Amardip, British U13 Champion with 6½/7, and Oli Howell 3rd= with 5/7; also Polina earns her first half norm towards qualification for the NCJS squad...roundup

30th July - 10th August
Good luck to Ollie Willson, competing in the Commonwealth Chess Congress in Sri Lanka

23rd July - 5th August
Congratulations to Arjun - joint U10 champion with 6/7 and winner of the Neil Carr Scholarship - and JuJu joint U14 champion with 5½/7. Edward collects his first NCJS half norm with 4/7 in the U12s...roundup

The stand-out Sussex performance in week 1 was from Matt Payne who has scored 3½/5 with 2 draws and a win against IM opposition along the way.

23rd July
New ECF grades are out - has yours gone up?

16th - 17th July
Well done to everyone who represented Sussex at the Southern Gigafinal. Solomon, Elizabeth, Giovanni, Polina, Calum, Amardipand Lucy all won their sections and are through to the final stage - the Terafinal; 14 others made it to the Challengers and 27 more to the Plate...roundup...if anyone has any photos to share contact me

17th - 21st July
Good luck to Callum, Cassie, Dominic, Lucy, Matthew and Oli who are all representing England at the Glorney-Gilbert International...results

9th-10th July
The Sussex U18, U14 and Girls' trophies are awarded annually at the Weald Chess Congress - congratulations to this years champions Ollie Willson, Oli Howell, Polina Shchepinova and Lucy Bennet-Stevens

2nd-3rd July
Well done to Calum and Batuhan who played in the Hastings Weekend U175 tournament; they both won grading prizes and Batuhan also came joint third.

You can book any of our events using our online system.
Entries will close at 6:00pm the day before the event.

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Sunday 2nd October
Training Day - Brighton

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28th Sept - We have just been advised that parking will be limited at Brighton College - please allow extra time to find on street parking or consider public transport.


Saturday 15th October
Worth Tournament (GP1)

(LJCC Qualifier)

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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.

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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

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.

You can buy membership when you book an event via our online booking system
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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