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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.


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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. **

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Aug
31
Sat
DUKSCC – Southern Challengers @ Harrow High School
Aug 31 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
DUKSCC - Southern Challengers @ Harrow High School
ENTRY BY QUALIFICATION FROM THE GIGAFINALS ONLY Organiser’s website: https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/
Sep
2
Mon
Burgess Hill Academy Event @ The King’s Centre
Sep 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm

SUSSEX JUNIOR CHESS BURGESS HILL ACADEMY EVENT – Monday 2nd September 2019 – King’s Centre, Burgess Hill

All day event:- 9.30.am registration; 4.45.pm finish with presentations

A Junior Chess event is to be held at The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR.

This event will be the annual summer championship for the Academy so will involve six rounds of the full game of chess according to the Swiss pairing system, with some coaching on tournament play during. There will be trophies and therefore a competition for each of the year groups, and there will also be a Top School trophy and Top Primary School trophy awarded at the final presentation, as well as the seasonal Rotary Club awards for Top Player and Top School.  This event is suitable to all who can play the game and is open to all junior ages and abilities.

The object of the event is to encourage all levels and ages of junior players to play in and to increase their experience and enjoyment of tournament Chess.

The cost for the event will be £10.  Cheques should be made payable to Sussex Junior Chess.

Sussex Junior Chess are not responsible for transport to/from the King’s Centre and children attending will need a packed lunch and drinks for the day.  Refreshments will not be supplied, although there is a café at the centre.

Disclaimer:   Organisers and helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor or visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

Supervision: Organisers and helpers cannot act ‘in loco parentis’ for juniors. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event.

The deadline for entries is the morning post of Saturday 31st August 2019.

Please send your entry form to:

Mr Brian Stockham, 36 Scarletts Close, Rocks Park, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 2BA.

Entry form

 

Future Dates for your diary:

tbc

Sep
3
Tue
Uckfield Academy Event @ Uckfield Youth Centre
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SUSSEX JUNIOR CHESS UCKFIELD ACADEMY EVENT – Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Uckfield Youth Centre

All day event:- 9.00.am registration; 4.00.pm finish with presentations

A Junior Chess event is to be held at the Uckfield Youth Centre, next to Uckfield Community Technology College (UCTC), Downsview Crescent, Uckfield TN22 3DJ.

This event will be the annual summer championship for the Academy so will involve six rounds of the full game of chess according to the Swiss pairing system, with some coaching on tournament play during. There will be trophies and therefore a competition for each of the year groups, and there will also be a Top School trophy and Top Primary School trophy awarded at the final presentation.  This event is suitable to all who can play the game and is open to all junior ages and abilities.

The object of the event is to encourage all levels and ages of junior players to play in and to increase their experience and enjoyment of tournament Chess and meet others of like mind in this area.

The cost for the event will be £10.  Cheques should be made payable to Sussex Junior Chess.

Sussex Junior Chess are not responsible for transport to/from the Centre and children attending will need a packed lunch and drinks for the day.  Refreshments will not be supplied.

Disclaimer:   Organisers and helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor or visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

Supervision: Organisers and helpers cannot act ‘in loco parentis’ for juniors. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event.

The deadline for entries is the first post on Saturday 31st August 2019.

Please send your entry form to:

Mr Brian Stockham, 36 Scarletts Close, Rocks Park, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 2BA.

Future Dates for your diary:

tbc

Sep
8
Sun
Training Day 1 @ Copthorne Prep School
Sep 8 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 1 @ Copthorne Prep School

Location

Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, Crawley, RH10 3HR

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 at midnight on August 31st 2018 and who is either resident in, or attends school in Sussex.

I’m a beginner, is this for me?

Definitely yes. If you like playing chess, then you’ll love playing better.  Our training sessions are for boys and girls of any level – and we emphasise enjoyment, not just ‘classroom’ learning.

Half day training (2½ hours) is especially suitable for beginners and younger children whose concentration spans may be limited.

Just mention when you enter that you are a beginner and we will make sure that you receive the most suitable trainer.

Do I have to go to all training sessions?

No, but most juniors just love coming to see their friends and working their way towards a place in one of the county teams.

Timetable

Registration 9:45

We will let you know which group you are with and how the day is to be organised.

Morning session 10:00 – 12:30

While concentration levels are good, this is when most of the serious training takes place!

Lunch break 12:30 – 1:30

Afternoon session 1:30 – 4:00

More loosely organised with games and quizzes.  Established favourites are consultation team matches (here 5 juniors and their trainer take on a similar group in a different room!) and simultaneous matches (where some 30 juniors take on a top trainer).

Who are the trainers?

We have several professional chess coaches, and also club players who have been specially selected for their ability to work with young people. All hold enhanced DBS clearance for working with children.

Entry fees

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £12 £16
Family Ticket * £22 £30
Half Day £7 £11
Half Day Family Ticket * £12 £20

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to allocate players to their training groups. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional  late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org

 

Sep
14
Sat
Grand Prix 1 @ Crowborough Community Centre
Sep 14 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 1 @ Crowborough Community Centre

Location

Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1DW

What is a ‘Grand Prix’?

The Sussex Junior Chess ‘Grand Prix’ comprises a series of 6 Open tournaments throughout the year. Tournaments are standalone, but a player’s best four results count towards a Grand Prix final placing at the end of the season.  Prizes are awarded to the top three placed players in each age group with medals for those competing in at least five of the six events.

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 years at midnight on August 31st 2018.

 

Which section should I enter – Under 11 Minor & Major, U18 Minor & Major?

Minor sections are for weaker players and those new to tournament chess.

The U18 Minor is restricted to players graded 100 or less on the most recent ECF grading list.

Players selected to the U9 and U11 County squads will be expected to enter the U11 Major section.

Winners will be expected to move up to a higher section in subsequent events.

The tournament organisers reserve the right to place a player in the major section if they consider this to be appropriate.  A player may enter a higher section if they wish.

In the event of low entries, sections may be merged.

*** Important Note: We are sharing the venue with the all-ages Crowborough Chess Club Rapidplay; if you are an experienced player considering entering the U18 Major you may wish to consider entering the Crowborough CC event. ***

 

Prizes:

U18 Major and U18 Minor:  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes

U11 Major and U11 Minor: Trophies for the top three places in each section. Trophies for the top placed player in each age group from U7 – U10 from either (but not both) of the under 11 sections.

Trophy for the top girl from either (but not both) of the under 11 sections.

Rate of Play

Fischer time control – 25 mins plus 5 secs a move. ECF rapidplay rules will apply.  A brief explanation is always given at the start of the competition for those not familiar with chess clocks.

Timetable

Round 1 10:00 – 11:00 Round 2 11:15 – 12:15
Lunch
Round 3 12:45 – 13:45 Round 4 14:00 – 15:00
Round 5 15:15 – 16:15 Round 6 16:30 – 17:30
Prize giving approximately 5:45

Please note 9:45 registration to ensure a prompt start at 10:00

Unregistered players arriving after 9:45 will miss round 1. A half point bye may be awarded at the organisers’ discretion

Entry fees:

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £12 £16
Family Ticket * £22 £30

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to prepare the tournament. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org

ECF Grading

All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading.

Sep
21
Sat
DUKSCC National Terafinal @ Daventry
Sep 21 @ 9:30 am – Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm
DUKSCC National Terafinal @ Daventry

ENTRY BY QUALIFICATION FROM A GIGAFINAL

Sep
29
Sun
Sussex U14 & U18 Team Event – NYCA Jamboree @ Kenilworth School
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sussex U14 & U18 Team Event - NYCA Jamboree @ Kenilworth School

ENTRY BY SELECTION

Oct
6
Sun
Training Day 2 @ Brighton College
Oct 6 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 2 @ Brighton College

Location

Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 at midnight on August 31st 2019 and who is either resident in, or attends school in Sussex.

I’m a beginner, is this for me?

Definitely yes. If you like playing chess, then you’ll love playing better.  Our training sessions are for boys and girls of any level – and we emphasise enjoyment, not just ‘classroom’ learning.

Half day training (2½ hours) is especially suitable for beginners and younger children whose concentration spans may be limited.

Just mention when you enter that you are a beginner and we will make sure that you receive the most suitable trainer.

Do I have to go to all training sessions?

No, but most juniors just love coming to see their friends and working their way towards a place in one of the county teams.

Timetable

Registration 9:45

We will let you know which group you are with and how the day is to be organised.

Morning session 10:00 – 12:30

While concentration levels are good, this is when most of the serious training takes place!

Lunch break 12:30 – 1:30

Afternoon session 1:30 – 4:00

More loosely organised with games and quizzes.  Established favourites are consultation team matches (here 5 juniors and their trainer take on a similar group in a different room!) and simultaneous matches (where some 30 juniors take on a top trainer).

Who are the trainers?

We have several professional chess coaches, and also club players who have been specially selected for their ability to work with young people. All hold enhanced DBS clearance for working with children.

Entry fees

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £12 £16
Family Ticket * £22 £30
Half Day £7 £11
Half Day Family Ticket * £12 £20

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to allocate players to their training groups. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional  late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org

 

Oct
19
Sat
Grand Prix 2 (LJCC Qualifier) @ Worth School
Oct 19 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 2 (LJCC Qualifier) @ Worth School

Location

Worth School, Paddockhurst Rd, Turners Hill, RH10 4SD

What is a ‘Grand Prix’?

The Sussex Junior Chess ‘Grand Prix’ comprises a series of 6 Open tournaments throughout the year. Tournaments are standalone, but a player’s best four results count towards a Grand Prix final placing at the end of the season.  Prizes are awarded to the top three placed players in each age group with medals for those competing in at least five of the six events.

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 years at midnight on August 31st 2019.

 

Which section should I enter—GP2 (LJCC qualifier) – Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 18

The SJC Worth Open is registered as a qualifying tournament for The London Junior Chess Championships (www.ljcc.co.uk) and the sections reflect this. You should enter the section appropriate to your age. A player may play in an older section if they wish.

 

Prizes:

Prizes—GP2 (LJCC qualifier)

U18 :  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes

U8, U10, U12: Trophies for the top three places in each section. Trophy for the top girl in each section.

No player may win more than one trophy

 

Rate of Play

Fischer time control – 25 mins plus 5 secs a move. ECF rapidplay rules will apply.  A brief explanation is always given at the start of the competition for those not familiar with chess clocks.

Timetable

Round 1 10:00 – 11:00 Round 2 11:15 – 12:15
Lunch
Round 3 12:45 – 13:45 Round 4 14:00 – 15:00
Round 5 15:15 – 16:15 Round 6 16:30 – 17:30
Prize giving approximately 5:45

Please note 9:45 registration to ensure a prompt start at 10:00

Unregistered players arriving after 9:45 will miss round 1. A half point bye may be awarded at the organisers’ discretion

Entry fees:

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £12 £16
Family Ticket * £22 £30

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to prepare the tournament. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org

ECF Grading

All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading.

Oct
26
Sat
Sussex Closed U8 Championship @ Chailey School
Oct 26 @ 9:45 am – 1:45 pm
Sussex Closed U8 Championship @ Chailey School

Location

Chailey School, Mill Lane, South Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4PU

Eligibility

Open to Sussex players who meet the age qualification for the event they are entering. Players may ‘play up’ if they wish.

Sussex Eligibility: resident in, or attend school or chess club in Sussex, or have previously represented Sussex in a chess tournament.

Age Eligibility: players must be under the age at midnight on 31st August 2019

School Teams

Schools with three or more players in an age group and who complete all rounds will be eligible for the school team prizes. The best three scores will be totalled to arrive at the School total. In the event of a tie, the score of a school’s fourth best player will be used as a tie break.

All events—9:45 registration to ensure a prompt start at 10:00.

Unregistered players arriving after 9:45 will miss round 1. A half point bye may be awarded at the organisers’ discretion

Timetable

Each round lasts for 30 minutes. Games unfinished at the end of 30 minutes will be adjudicated.  This is not a knockout tournament – every child plays in every round. Clocks will not be used.

Round 1   10:00 – 10:30 Round 2  10:45 – 11:15
Round 3  11:30 – 12:00 Round 4  12:15 – 12:45
Round 5  13:00 – 13:30
Prize giving approximately   13:45

Prizes

Trophies will be awarded to the top three players. The winner will receive the title of Sussex U8 Champion.
A trophy will be awarded to the top girl.
School Teams: School trophy and individual medals for the three highest placed school teams in each age group.

Entry fees

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £8 £11
2 or more juniors  * £7 each £10 each

* Either same family (third and subsequent siblings free) or same school when booked at the same time

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to prepare the tournament. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org

ECF Grading

This event will NOT be graded.