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Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge
Sussex Megafinal
Saturday 29th April
Downlands School, Hassocks

New for 2017 there is now a National online entry system - you no longer book directly with us.

Online entry system is now live - click here

The closing date is Wednesday 26th April or sooner if the venue capacity is reached. Please enter early.

If you are Under-11 or younger (Year 6 and below) you will need to know your School or Club code - this can be found here

If you haven't attended a Megafinal before more about what to expect can be found here.

Arrival is between 8:45 - 9:30am - players need to be seated by 9:45 for the opening announcements.


We have been advised that the school have building works taking place which has reduced the number of spaces available on site.
There is a public car park further down Dale Avenue (2 mins walk), and also at Hassocks Railway Station (fee payable - 5-10 mins walk).
There is also on street parking in nearby roads - please allow sufficient time to find parking, and please park considerately.

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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

U11 Girls Team - EPSCA National Champions 2017

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

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Upcoming Events

22nd April
Tough day for our U9 team - 10th in their National Final in Nottingham...but lots of experience gained for next season

12th April
Good luck to Jonathan Britnell, Giovanni Currah, Oliver Manchester, Freddie Coleman, Batuhan Kaya, Xavier Laurillard, George Neale and Juju Samworth-Calvier - all competing in the Czech Republic with the NCJS

8th-9th April
News from the Junior Squad Championships in Reading - congratulations to Amardip and Batuhan, 2nd and 4th= respectively in the U14 section. Lauren Manchester scoops a grading prize in the U10s.

7th April
27 children from 12 local schools entered the 37th Uckfield Academy event at UCTC, with the hosts retaining Top School with a record score, Rocks Park narrowly retaining Top Primary School from Blackboys, Michael Stockham individual champion and Lydia Munn winning the Easter egg challenge.

3rd-5th April
Congratulations to Batuhan - winner of the IAPS tournament held at Aldro School

2nd April
Sussex Schools U16 Butler Cup round 2 results

26th March
Tough day for all our teams at the SCCU Jamboree but some good individual performances...more soon

25th March
Sussex U11 Girls win the EPSCA National Title in very exciting final in Twickenham...more soon

18th March
U11 team squeezed out of 1st place in their Zone at Chepstow by ½ point....more soon

16th March
Congratulations to our U14/U130 squad who have won the West Zone and will now go forward to play the East Zone winners in the final

11th March
Good result for our U9 team - 2nd in South Zone in Berkshire. Headline results - more soon

5th March
Sussex retain the Sir Patrick Moore trophy vs Ireland

4th March
The annual U9 Boys vs U11 Girls match ends with a very close win for the boys by 18 - more

3rd - 5th March
Good luck to Amardip and David who are competing in Paris as part of a NCJS event vs Paris, Rotterdam and Murmansk

3rd - 5th March
Good luck to our team travelling to Dublin to play Ireland for the Sir Patrick Moore trophy...follow their progress here

25th February
Our U11 Girls enjoy pizza and their first matches of the season vs Essex, Kent and Wey

18th-19th February
News reaching me from the West of England Championships in Swindon - Timmy wins U9, and Amardip wins the Major with Oli Howell West of England U16 Champion, more in the prizes...roundup

15th February
Good luck to Alec, Ed and Zevon who are competing in Poland with the NCJS

11th February
First win for our new U11 team in a very close match vs. Oxon, Maidenhead and Bucks...headline results

5th February
Challenging day but lots of match experience gained by our U9 boys and girls in Newbury...headline results, report soon

5th February
Latest Grand Prix positions with just one tournament to go

4th February
117 contest Eastbourne GP - report, results & photos

30th January
New grades are out - has yours gone up?

28th/29th January
Some great results at the South of England Championships - Timmy Hedger 1st= in U9s; Paul Northcott 1st= in U15s; Calum Salmons & Batuhan Kaya 2nd= in U14 Closed; Matt Forster 4th= in U16 Closed; half norms in the U11s for Arjun Kolani, Oliver Faulkner, Callum Vyse & Leo Yu...and Polina Shchepinova gains her 2nd half norm as an U12 thus joining the NCJS; plus lots of 50%+ scores...roundup

21st January
Congratulations to Elizabeth Finn who scored 4/6 at the EPSCA Rapidplay in Liverpool, securing her second half-norm and therefore invitation to the NCJS trial in April

20th January
Draw for the second stage of the Schools' Butler Cup released...more

15th January
The U14/U130 team are off to a strong start to their league with a home win vs Richmond at Haywards soon

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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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 20th May
Worthing Tournament

Worthing College

Incorporating end of season prizegiving

More Info


Saturday 10th June
Training Day

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

More Info


Saturday 10th June
Sussex U7 Championship

Great Walstead School, Lindfield

More Info


SJC Academy Events

Entry welcomed from pupils attending Sussex schools.


Uckfield Academy
Thursday 1st June

Uckfield CTC
Entry form soon


Burgess Hill Academy
Friday 2nd June

Birchwood Grove Primary
Entry form soon


Worthing Junior Championships
(incorporating UK Chess Challenge qualifier)
Saturday 1st April 2:00pm
Entry Form

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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
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