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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

20th July
Many of you will know Sue Howell as one of our arbiters, and Oli's Mum. But she is a chess player in her own right and in addition to playing over the board chess she has long been an active correspondence chess player - so great news that she has just earned her ICCF Lady International Master title.

16th July
Many of our players took part in the Weald Congress over the weekend, with several winning prizes. The Sussex Cups were won by Lucy Bennet-Stevens (girls), Calum Salmons (U14), and Callum Brewer (U18)...full results and photos

Latest Academy News...

Thursday 1st June – 17 children from 7 schools entered the Uckfield Academy Minor Magician event at Uckfield Youth Centre, with UCTC winning Top School and Blackboys Top Primary School, with Michael Stockham of UCTC the individual champion.

Friday 2nd June – 12 children from 6 schools entered the Burgess Hill Academy Minor Magician event at Birchwood Grove, with the hosts winning Top Primary School and Downlands the Top School, and Jack Barnett of The Burgess Hill Academy was individual champion.

13th June
Congratulations to our schools Primary Cup winners - Broadwater CE Primary (Div 1), Sacred Heart Wadhurst (Div 2), Rocks Park (Div 3) and Great Walstead (Div 4)...results & photos

11th-19th June
Good luck to Calum Salmons as he represents England at the European Schools Chess Championships in Budva, Montenegro. Follow his progress here

10th June
38 under-7s bid to be Sussex U7 Champion - congratulations to Amelie Rees, winner with 5/5, and top school Lancing Prep at Worthing...results and photos

3rd June
9 Sussex players were selected to represent SE England vs Wales in Chepstow: Arjun, Elizabeth & Timmy in the U11 Team, and Alec, Amardip (board 1), Daniel, Edward, Calum, and Polina in the U14 team.

23rd May
Brighton College retain the Butler Cup by the narrowest of margins; St Richards win the Butler Plate and Copthorne Prep the Butler Shield...full results

20th May
136 players contest final grand prix tournament of the season at Worthing...results and photos

...and final Grand Prix Season results and photos

13th May
Our U14/U130 team, winners of the West Zone, travelled to Chelmsford to play East Zone winners Essex in the final...narrowly losing 10.5-13.5

6th May
Breaking news: Congratulations to our amazing U11 team; 4th in EPSCA Final in Oldham despite a 260 mile journey! Headline results - report soon

29th April
390 attend Sussex Megafinal with over 140 qualifying for the Southern Gigafinal - results and photos

23rd April
Congratulations to Arjun Kolani and Callum Vyse who were both successful at the NCJS trial. Elizabeth Finn narrowly missed out by just ½ point.

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

21st April
24 children from 7 local schools attended the 37th Burgess Hill Academy event, with Downlands narrowly retaining Top School from the hosts Birchwood Grove, who were Top Primary School, with Ryan Sargent of Downlands the tournament champion and Adam Parvin of Downlands winning the Easter Egg challenge.

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


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.

Sunday 9th September
Training Day

Copthorne Prep School

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Saturday 16th September
Grand Prix 1

Crowborough Community Centre
NB. We will be sharing the venue with the Crowborough Chess Club Rapidplay and there is no outdoors playspace at this venue

More Info


SJC Academy Events

Entry welcomed from pupils attending Sussex schools.


Uckfield Academy
Summer Championships
Monday 24th July

Uckfield Youth Centre
Entry form


Burgess Hill Academy
Summer Championships
Wednesday 26th July

Birchwood Grove Primary
Entry form

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

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

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