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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

U16 Team - NYCA National Champions 2016

U12 Team - NYCA National Champions 2016

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

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Upcoming Events

4th December
44 girls aged 7 - 17 contest Sussex Girls Championship - congratulations to Elena Currah and Elizabeth Finn (U11 Champions), Leah Douglas (U14 Champion), and Polina Shchepinova (U18 Champion). Rocks Park Primary (U11) and Burgess Hill Girls (U18) were the top schools...headline results, photos soon

27th November
A good start to the 4NCL season with 2 wins for Sussex Martlets 1; 50% for Sussex Martlets 2, and a draw against a much higher rated side for the new third team...roundup

20th November
A record 145 compete in Sussex championships - results and photos

15th November
Many of you will have played in last years' Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge and progressed to the Sussex Megafinal, Southern Gigafinal, or even the National Terafinal. Well the competition is under new management and will be starting in a school near you soon!

After a difficult few months the UK Chess Challenge has been taken over by ECF Director of Womens' Chess, WFM Sarah Longson (formerly Hegarty). Sarah is well known to Sussex - see here

If you want to take part in the UK's largest chess competition, make sure your school or club has a copy of this brochure.

13th November
108 attend 3rd grand prix of the season - report & photos - and updated GP placings

12th November
The NCJS qualifying circuit reaches Leeds - congratulations to Leo who earns his 2nd half norm, thus securing invitation to the trial in April

5th November
Breaking news - U12 and U16 teams win NYCA Championships in Telford...more soon

28th October
20 children from 8 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy event at Birchwood Grove with the Burgess Hill Academy (formerly Oakmeeds) winning as Top School and Wivelsfield the Top Primary School, and Tom Rousell of BHA the individual champion.

27th October
17 children from 8 schools entered the Uckfield Academy event at Uckfield CTC, with the hosts winning Top School and Framfield winning Top Primary School, Troy Southall of Uckfield CTC the individual champion.

29th October
24 contest Sussex U8 Championship - congratulations to joint champions Arun Gibbons and Thomas Kindell. Copthorne Prep were top school just ahead of Blackboys Primary - full results

15th - 16th October
Congratulations to Leo Yu, Elizabeth Finn and Callum Vyse who all gained their first half-norms for the NCJS trial at the English Closed Championships in Nottingham.

15th October
Nearly 100 compete in the 2nd GP of the season...results & photos and updated grand prix placings

8th October
It's the LJCC qualification season - Sussex had a successful day today at Coulsdon where Elizabeth Finn won the U12 section with 5½ securing qualification to the U12 Major; Oliver Faulkner scored 4 earning him a place in the U12 Minor, and Adam Faulkner runner up in the U10 section with 4½ qualifying for the U10 Major.

4th - 9th October
Good luck to our team competing in the 4th Basamro International Chess Tournament in Murmansk. Read Mike's blog here and follow the results here

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

18th September
Congratulations to Callum Vyse who attended the Fleet LJCC qualifier where he came 2nd in the U12, scoring 4½, and qualifying for the LJCC U12 Major

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

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

Book online 

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.

Monday 2nd January
GP4 Hastings Tournament

St.Mary Star of The Sea Primary

More Info


Saturday 21st January
Training Day

Aldrington Primary School, Hove

More Info


Saturday 4th February
GP5 Eastbourne Tournament

St.Catherine's College
(formerly Bishop Bell)

More Info


SJC Academy Events

Entry welcomed from pupils attending Sussex schools.


Worthing Academy Tournament
Wednesday 21st December

Durrington Community Centre, Worthing, BN13 3PB
Entry Form


Uckfield Academy
Thursday 22nd December
Winter Championhips
Rocks Park CP School
Entry form soon


Burgess Hill Academy
Friday 30th December

Birchwood Grove Primary
Winter Championships
More details soon

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

Uckfield Junior Chess Club
Fridays - 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
Book online

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