Sussex Junior Chess

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About Us

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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for schools

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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Have you qualified for the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Sussex Megafinal? Find out more about what to expect on the day.....

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

Sussex U9 Team National Final @ Grace Academy, Solihull
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sussex U9 Team National Final @ Grace Academy, Solihull


4NCL Sussex Martlets 1 @ Telford
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – May 7 @ 6:00 pm
4NCL Sussex Martlets 1 @ Telford

Entry by selection

4NCL Sussex Martlets 2 & 3 @ Reading
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – May 7 @ 6:00 pm
4NCL Sussex Martlets 2 & 3 @ Reading

Entry by selection

Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge Sussex Megafinal @ Hassocks
May 12 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Grand Prix 6 @ Worthing College
May 19 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 6 @ Worthing College


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.



Open to anyone aged under 18 years at midnight on August 31st 2017.


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.



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.


Round 1 10:00 – 11:00 Round 2 11:15 – 12:15
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.


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


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

ECF Grading

All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading.


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