Sussex Junior Chess

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 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.

Training days take place about once a month during the school year at various schools around the county; catering for all ages (4 – 18) and all standards from complete beginner to England standard.

We run a series of 6 tournaments (grand prix) which are open to all, as well as smaller age-restricted tournaments open just to Sussex participants.

We run one of the largest competitions for Schools in the UK, with an average of 40 Sussex Schools entering teams at U11, U14, U16 and U19 age groups. We have also set up an ‘Academy Schools’ program to encourage wider participation in schools. If your school doesn’t have a chess club, we may be able to help you find a coach in your area.


Latest News

Under 11 Squad 4-team Match, Sunday 28th February 2021

Sussex Under-11s vs She Plays to Win, Staffordshire, & Suffolk Thanks to Tim Kent and Edmund Player (Suffolk), Jonathan Blackburn ...
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Sussex Under 11 Boys vs. She Plays To Win, 6th February 2021

Thank you to IM Lorin D’Costa for making this match possible and congratulations to the She Plays to Win Team ...
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Another 1st Place for Crowborough Juniors & Friends in Worldwide Junior Team Battle

Crowborough Chess Club juniors, supported by several Sussex Juniors and Worthing Knights players have been competing in a fortnightly online ...
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Sussex Under-11s vs. St.Albans Early Knights

The first outing for our new 2021 Under-11 squad was an inter-club friendly with St. Albans Early Knights which took ...
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Sussex has two Online British Champions

The ECF recently organised the inaugural Online British Championships, featuring a bewildering array of events. Congratulations to Max Wilton and ...
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1st Place for Crowborough Juniors & Friends in Worldwide Junior Team Battle

Crowborough Chess Club juniors, supported by several Sussex Juniors and Worthing Knights players have been competing in a fortnightly online ...
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Upcoming Events

Full information about the events we organise can be found on our Events Page.

You can book any of our events using our online system.

Entries will close at 6:00pm the day before the event to allow us time to prepare the event – for example ensuring we have sufficient and appropriate coaches on training days; and sufficient equipment and staffing for tournaments

** We politely ask that you do not turn up without prior registration as this causes delays inconveniencing other attendees. **


Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

All Autumn ‘in person’ events are cancelled, however we are running a reduced programme of online training and tournaments.


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Mar
4
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Mar 4 @ 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
SJC Coach David Graham is running online tournaments on Thursdays; 5:15 – 6:45pm. Any Sussex Junior Chess player is welcome to attend. Join for as long as you wish, you do not have to play the whole 1.5 hours. You will need a lichess account –  https://lichess.org/ – for safeguarding reasons you MUST contact Dave with both your real name and your Lichess name. Each week there will be 2 tournaments set-up on lichess – experienced players should play in the Premiership and less experienced players (and players who can only play for part of the time) should choose the Championship. I will email out the lichess URL for the tournaments on Tuesdays. If you are not sure which tournament to enter, just get in touch. More Information
Mar
6
Sat
Inter County Online Battle Practice Date @ Online - Lichess
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

INVITATION ONLY

The usual EPSCA inter-County Championships are not taking place this year so Barnet Junior Chess are organising online team battles to take place on the original scheduled EPSCA dates.

 

Mar
11
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Mar 11 @ 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

SJC Coach David Graham is running online tournaments on Thursdays; 5:15 – 6:45pm.

Any Sussex Junior Chess player is welcome to attend.

Join for as long as you wish, you do not have to play the whole 1.5 hours.

You will need a lichess account –  https://lichess.org/ – for safeguarding reasons you MUST contact Dave with both your real name and your Lichess name.

Each week there will be 2 tournaments set-up on lichess – experienced players should play in the Premiership and less experienced players (and players who can only play for part of the time) should choose the Championship.

I will email out the lichess URL for the tournaments on Tuesdays.

If you are not sure which tournament to enter, just get in touch.

More Information

Mar
13
Sat
Sussex U9 Team South Zone Online Team Battle @ Online - Lichess
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sussex U9 Team South Zone Online Team Battle @ Online - Lichess

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Mar
18
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Mar 18 @ 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

SJC Coach David Graham is running online tournaments on Thursdays; 5:15 – 6:45pm.

Any Sussex Junior Chess player is welcome to attend.

Join for as long as you wish, you do not have to play the whole 1.5 hours.

You will need a lichess account –  https://lichess.org/ – for safeguarding reasons you MUST contact Dave with both your real name and your Lichess name.

Each week there will be 2 tournaments set-up on lichess – experienced players should play in the Premiership and less experienced players (and players who can only play for part of the time) should choose the Championship.

I will email out the lichess URL for the tournaments on Tuesdays.

If you are not sure which tournament to enter, just get in touch.

More Information

Mar
20
Sat
Sussex U11 Team South Zone Online Team Battle @ Online - Lichess
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sussex U11 Team South Zone Online Team Battle @ Online - Lichess

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Mar
22
Mon
Sussex U11 Squad vs St Albans @ Online - Lichess
Mar 22 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Invitation Only

Mar
25
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Mar 25 @ 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

SJC Coach David Graham is running online tournaments on Thursdays; 5:15 – 6:45pm.

Any Sussex Junior Chess player is welcome to attend.

Join for as long as you wish, you do not have to play the whole 1.5 hours.

You will need a lichess account –  https://lichess.org/ – for safeguarding reasons you MUST contact Dave with both your real name and your Lichess name.

Each week there will be 2 tournaments set-up on lichess – experienced players should play in the Premiership and less experienced players (and players who can only play for part of the time) should choose the Championship.

I will email out the lichess URL for the tournaments on Tuesdays.

If you are not sure which tournament to enter, just get in touch.

More Information

Mar
27
Sat
Sussex U11 Girls Team 2021 Online National Final @ Online - Lichess
Mar 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sussex U11 Girls Team 2021 Online National Final @ Online - Lichess

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Apr
1
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Apr 1 @ 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

SJC Coach David Graham is running online tournaments on Thursdays; 5:15 – 6:45pm.

Any Sussex Junior Chess player is welcome to attend.

Join for as long as you wish, you do not have to play the whole 1.5 hours.

You will need a lichess account –  https://lichess.org/ – for safeguarding reasons you MUST contact Dave with both your real name and your Lichess name.

Each week there will be 2 tournaments set-up on lichess – experienced players should play in the Premiership and less experienced players (and players who can only play for part of the time) should choose the Championship.

I will email out the lichess URL for the tournaments on Tuesdays.

If you are not sure which tournament to enter, just get in touch.

More Information