Sussex Junior Chess

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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.

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Ttraining 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.

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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 Sussex Events

How to enter an event

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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Calendar Key:

  Sussex Tournaments
  Sussex Training Days
  Sussex Team Events

Dec
20
Thu
Uckfield Academy Event @ Uckfield Youth Centre
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

SUSSEX JUNIOR CHESS UCKFIELD ACADEMY EVENT – Thursday 20th December 2018 – 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.

Details to follow, more information from:

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

 

Entry Form

 

 

Future Dates for your diary:

Friday 22nd February 2019
Monday 8th April 2019
Friday 31st May 2019
Wednesday 24th July 2019

Jan
2
Wed
Burgess Hill Academy Event @ The King’s Centre
Jan 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:45 pm

SUSSEX JUNIOR CHESS BURGESS HILL ACADEMY EVENT – Wednesday 2nd January 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.

The event will be the winter championships for the Academy to further develop players with coaching in tournament play and openings. It is an open event, so children from other Academy areas may attend. The tournament is expected to be dependent on numbers attending a 6-round Swiss format and chess clocks will be used, on which coaching will be given, expected 30 minutes for each player in each of the rounds.  There will be trophies and medals 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.

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 Monday 31st December 2018.

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

Jan
5
Sat
Grand Prix 4 @ Hastings
Jan 5 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 4 @ Hastings

Location

St Mary Star of the Sea Primary, Magdalen Rd, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6EU

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.

 

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.

Jan
12
Sat
Sussex U9 Team inter-County match @ Twyford, Berks
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sussex U9 Team inter-County match @ Twyford, Berks

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Jan
19
Sat
Training Day 5 @ Aldrington Primary School
Jan 19 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 5 @ Aldrington Primary School

Location

Aldrington Primary School, Eridge Road, Hove, BN3 7QD

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

 

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