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

SJC Players welcome to join Worthing Knights Online Tournaments

SJC Coach David Graham is running online tournaments on Thursdays; 5:15 – 6:45pm. Any Sussex Junior Chess player is welcome ...
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Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Terafinal

Congratulations to Arjun Kolani - runner up in the Terafinal Under 14 section. Following the national cancellations of over the ...
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Sussex Juniors feature in latest issue of Sussex Chess News

Thanks to Mick Plumb of Bognor & Arun Chess Club for producing another fine round up of chess in Sussex ...
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Delancey UK Chess Challenge Blitz

Congratulations to Avyanna who finished as the 'Top U8 Girl' in the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Blitz tournament last weekend ...
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Glorney-Gilbert Cup 2020

This year, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Glorney-Gilbert Cup was hosted by England as an online event. Participating nations ...
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Sussex runners-up in Div 1 of the 5th Inter-County Online Chess Battle

Nearly 50 players represented our Sussex squad in the 5th online Inter-County blitz but it wasn't quite enough to knock ...
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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. **


16th May 2020 – Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

We have temporarily suspended bookings for our traditional events and will monitor the national situation.

Our schools Primary and Butler Cups are also cancelled for the 2019/20 season.

However, we are putting together a programme of online training sessions via the Zoom app. More sessions will be added – so please do keep checking our calendar. We will also be running more online tournaments after our successful pilot – more info soon.

The Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge have also taken the decision to cancel all megafinals; the 2019/20 DUKSCC will continue online – more information will be available on the format direct from the organisers https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/


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Sep
24
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Sep 24 @ 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
Oct
1
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Oct 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

Oct
5
Mon
Inter-County Online Chess Battle
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Fun, fast and furious online championship on the Lichess platform – time limit 5/3 – the whole event lasting 90 minutes.

Sussex compete in Division 1.

If you are under 18, and live or attend school in Sussex, you are eligible to join our squad – contact us for joining instructions.

Oct
8
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Oct 8 @ 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

Oct
15
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Oct 15 @ 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

Oct
22
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Oct 22 @ 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

Oct
29
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Oct 29 @ 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

Nov
2
Mon
Inter-County Online Chess Battle
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Fun, fast and furious online championship on the Lichess platform – time limit 5/3 – the whole event lasting 90 minutes.

Sussex compete in Division 1.

If you are under 18, and live or attend school in Sussex, you are eligible to join our squad – contact us for joining instructions.

Nov
5
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Nov 5 @ 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

Nov
12
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Nov 12 @ 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