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

Online Inter-County Chess Battle

Thanks to Alex Holowczak, ECF Director of Junior Chess, for organising this fun, fast and furious online championship. Taking place ...
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2021 – 22 Grand Prix

There are 6 tournaments that make up an annual Sussex Junior Chess Grand Prix (GP), similar to the one in ...
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Hastings Grand Prix 2nd January 2022

Everyone you see helping at our events is a volunteer, so thanks to: Entires: Steve MerchantRegistration: Jonathan TuckTournament control: Sharon ...
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Online Blitz Grand Prix – Autumn 2021

Alongside our full calendar of over the board events we are continuing to run a monthly training sessions online, followed ...
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Sussex Closed Girls’ Championships – 5th December 2021

Thanks to Burgess Hill Girls School for hosting our annual Girls' Championships. Everyone you see at our events is a ...
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Eastbourne Grand Prix 27th November 2021

Everyone you see at our events is a volunteer, so thanks to; Entries and registration: Steve Merchant Tournament Control: Catherine ...
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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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Feb
5
Sat
Online Training & Blitz Tournament (players rated under ECF 1400) @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Open to all Sussex* players who were aged under 18 on 31 August 2021 with an ECF grade under 1400. Timings: Training (zoom) – 9:00 – 9:55am Short break: 9:55 – 10:00am Blitz Tournament (lichess): 10:00 – 10:30am Cost: £3. Trainer: Dave Graham Joining Instructions: Attendees must have a Lichess account (free) – https://lichess.org/ You will be sent the links to Zoom and Lichess the day before the event. *Sussex players are defined as those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event
Online Training & Blitz Tournament (players rated ECF 1300-1900) @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Open to all Sussex* players who were aged under 18 on 31 August 2021 with an ECF grade in the range 1300-1900.

Timings:

Training (zoom) – 11:00 – 11:55am

Short break: 11:55 – 12:00am

Blitz Tournament (lichess): 12:00 – 12:30am

Cost:

£3.

Season ticket to all 4 Autumn Term dates £10.

Trainer:

Dave Graham

Joining Instructions:

Attendees must have a Lichess account (free) – https://lichess.org/

You will be sent the links to Zoom and Lichess the day before the event.

*Sussex players are defined as those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event

Sussex U9 Team inter-County match @ Richmond
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sussex U9 Team inter-County match @ Richmond

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Feb
6
Sun
Grand Prix 5 – Horsham @ Horsham
Feb 6 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 5 - Horsham @ Horsham

Location

Millais School, Depot Rd, Horsham RH13 5HR

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 2021.

 

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.

 

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 £14 £18
Family Ticket * £26 £34

* 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 £7 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.

Feb
12
Sat
Training Day 5 – Hurstpierpoint @ Hurstpierpoint Prep
Feb 12 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 5 - Hurstpierpoint @ Hurstpierpoint Prep

Location

Hurstpierpoint Prep, Chalkers Lane, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 9JS. Please use Chalkers Lane entrance & car park

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 at midnight on August 31st 2021 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 £14 £18
Family Ticket * £26 £34
Half Day £8 £12
Half Day Family Ticket * £14 £22

* 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 £7 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

 

Sussex U11 Team inter-County match @ Richmond
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sussex U11 Team inter-County match @ Richmond

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Mar
6
Sun
Training Day 6 incorporating U9 vs U11 Girls Match @ St Richard's Catholic College
Mar 6 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 6 incorporating U9 vs U11 Girls Match @ St Richard's Catholic College

Location

St Richard’s Catholic College, Ashdown Rd, Bexhill, TN40 1SE

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 at midnight on August 31st 2021 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).

Children selected to the Under-9 and Under-11 Girls County Squads will take part in a practice match under tournament conditions.

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 £14 £18
Family Ticket * £26 £34
Half Day £8 £12
Half Day Family Ticket * £14 £22

* 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 £7 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

 

Mar
12
Sat
Sussex U9 Team South Zone match @ tbc
Mar 12 all-day
Sussex U9 Team South Zone match @ tbc

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Mar
13
Sun
Online Training & Blitz Tournament (players rated under ECF 1400) @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Open to all Sussex* players who were aged under 18 on 31 August 2021 with an ECF grade under 1400.

Timings:

Training (zoom) – 9:00 – 9:55am

Short break: 9:55 – 10:00am

Blitz Tournament (lichess): 10:00 – 10:30am

Cost:

£3.

Trainer:

Dave Graham

Joining Instructions:

Attendees must have a Lichess account (free) – https://lichess.org/

You will be sent the links to Zoom and Lichess the day before the event.

*Sussex players are defined as those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event

Online Training & Blitz Tournament (players rated ECF 1300-1900) @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Mar 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Open to all Sussex* players who were aged under 18 on 31 August 2021 with an ECF grade in the range 1300-1900.

Timings:

Training (zoom) – 11:00 – 11:55am

Short break: 11:55 – 12:00am

Blitz Tournament (lichess): 12:00 – 12:30am

Cost:

£3.

Season ticket to all 4 Autumn Term dates £10.

Trainer:

Dave Graham

Joining Instructions:

Attendees must have a Lichess account (free) – https://lichess.org/

You will be sent the links to Zoom and Lichess the day before the event.

*Sussex players are defined as those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event