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

EPSCA U9 Championship, South Zone, Southampton, 14th March 2020

Congratulations to our U9 team who came equal second in a very closely fought South Zone. They will now progress ...
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EPSCA U11 South Zone, Maidenhead, 7th March 2020

Exciting day for our U11 team as they win a very close zone by just half a point. Team R1 ...
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U11 Girls vs U9 Boys match, 1st March 2020, Bexhill

As a warm up fixture before their EPSCA team matches later this month, our U9 team challenged our U11 Girls ...
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SCCU U18 & U14 League – Richmond vs Sussex, 29th February 2020

Thanks to Richmond for relaunching this competition. This year there are 2 age groups - under 18, and under 14 ...
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Under 11 Girls Inter-County Match, 22nd February, Copthorne

Sussex hosted this friendly match as a warm up for our new U11 Girls squad prior to their National Final ...
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Under 11 Inter-County Match, 16th February, Richmond

First outing for our new Under 11 squad saw them place 4th, just out of the prizes. Full results to ...
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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. **


17th March 2020 – Coronavirus/Covid-19 Situation

Due to the rapidly evolving national situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic we have taken the decision to cancel our next training day at Windlesham House School on 5th April. We apologise for the disappointment this may cause.

Regarding our other events we have temporarily suspended bookings and will monitor the national situation.

The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge have also taken the decision to cancel all megafinals, although it is hoped to reschedule these for the Autumn.


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Apr
5
Sun
Training Day 8 – CANCELLED @ Windlesham House School
Apr 5 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 8 - CANCELLED @ Windlesham House School
Location Windlesham House School, Washington nr Pulborough, RH20 4AY 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 £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 £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  
Apr
18
Sat
NCJS Qualifier – Junior Squad Championships CANCELLED @ Kenilworth
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm

*** This is not a Sussex Junior Chess event. Information on out of county events is provided on a best endeavors basis and should not be relied upon as your only source of information about such events. Please contact the relevant organisers for up to date information ***

Entry Form

 

Event organiser: Peter Purland

 

Apr
25
Sat
NCJS Trial @ Liverpool
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm
NCJS Trial @ Liverpool

ENTRY BY QUALIFICATION ONLY

Sussex U9 Team 2020 National Final CANCELLED @ Warwick School
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sussex U9 Team 2020 National Final CANCELLED @ Warwick School

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Apr
26
Sun
SCCU U14 U130 League – Maidenhead vs Sussex @ tbc
Apr 26 @ 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm
SCCU U14 U130 League - Maidenhead vs Sussex @ tbc

ENTRY BY SELECTION

May
2
Sat
Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Sussex Megafinal POSTPONED @ Hassocks
May 2 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
May
16
Sat
Grand Prix 6 Worthing @ Worthing College
May 16 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 6 Worthing @ Worthing College

Location

Worthing College, 1 Sanditon Way, Worthing, BN14 9FD

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.  Silver salvers 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 – 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 £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.

 

Jun
7
Sun
Sussex Closed U7 Championship @ Priory School
Jun 7 @ 9:45 am – 1:45 pm
Sussex Closed U7 Championship @ Priory School

Location

Priory School, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XN

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 U7 Champion.
A trophy will be awarded to the top girl.
School Teams: School trophy and individual medals for the three highest placed school teams.

Entry fees

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £10 £14
2 or more juniors  * £9 each £13 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.

Training Day 9 – Lewes @ Priory School
Jun 7 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 9 - Lewes @ Priory School

Location

Priory School, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2XN

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 £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 £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

 

Jun
20
Sat
ECF U18 Jamboree @ Warwickshire
Jun 20 all-day
ECF U18 Jamboree @ Warwickshire

ENTRY BY SELECTION