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

U12 and U14 England vs Wales, Bristol, 25th May 2024

A few Sussex players played in U12s and U14s England vs Wales international match in Bristol and won! The picture ...

Worthing Grand Prix, 18th May 2024

Everyone you see at our events is a volunteer so thanks to: Tournament Control: Sharon Merchant, Sammie Finlay, Nick Brown ...

Under 11 Team National Final, Northampton, 11th May 2024

The under 11 team managed a fantastic performance to finish in 5th place, behind Kent, Barnet, Oxfordshire and Essex in ...
Sussex u9 team

EPSCA Under 9 Final, 20th April 2024

With one player missing from our zonal winning team and after struggling with 6/12 in round 1 we scored 7 ...
Sussex under 14's at sevenoaks

Under 14’s Match vs Kent at Sevenoaks 14th April 2024

On Sunday the 14th the Sussex U14 team took on the Kent team at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks. We had ...
Sussex 2023 girls final

EPSCA U11 Girls’ Final, Oxford, 13th April 2024

On 13th April 2024, Sussex under 11 girls team travelled to Oxford for the finals. Despite coming 5th place, the ...

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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