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

Sussex has two Online British Champions

The ECF recently organised the inaugural Online British Championships, featuring a bewildering array of events. Congratulations to Max Wilton and ...
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1st Place for Crowborough Juniors & Friends in Worldwide Junior Team Battle

Crowborough Chess Club juniors, supported by several Sussex Juniors and Worthing Knights players have been competing in a fortnightly online ...
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3rd place in the Worldwide Junior Online tournament for Crowborough Juniors and Friends

Crowborough Chess Club juniors, supported by several Sussex Juniors and Worthing Knights players have been competing in a fortnightly online ...
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East Grinstead Bookshop vs Crowborough Juniors – Round 2

Following last Sundays pioneering event, this afternoon 10 more SJC juniors representing Crowborough online club and East Grinstead Bookshop had ...
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Sussex’s Rhys Cumming gains his first IM norm

Congratulations to ex-Sussex junior FM Rhys Cumming who has just taken his first step towards the International Master title. Rhys, ...
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New Online Tournaments Scheduled

We will be running the Sussex Closed Girls Championships and the Sussex Closed U9/11/13/18 Championships online during November. The girls' ...
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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. **


Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

All Autumn ‘in person’ events are cancelled, however we are running a reduced programme of online training and tournaments.


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Jan
21
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Jan 21 @ 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
Jan
23
Sat
Online Training with Dave Graham – Advanced, ECF 120+ @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This is an advanced session – suitable for experienced players.

Sussex players only (those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event).

Online Training with Matthew Forster – Under 9s @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Open to Sussex players who were aged under 9 on 31 August 2020

Sussex players only (those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event).

Online Training with Amy Hoare – Girls @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Jan 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Sussex girls only (those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event).

Online Training with Gary McCulloch – Beginners @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Jan 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

Suitable for younger players and beginners.

Sussex players only (those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event).

Online Training with Dave Graham – Under 11s @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Open to Sussex players who were aged under 11 on 31 August 2020

Sussex players only (those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event).

Online Training with Gareth Anthony – Year 7 and above @ Online - Zoom & Lichess
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Open to Sussex players who were aged 11 or over on 31 August 2020

Sussex players only (those who live in, attend school in, or belong to a chess club in Sussex; or who have represented Sussex in a team event).

Jan
25
Mon
Sussex U11 Squad vs St Albans Juniors @ Online - Lichess
Jan 25 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

Invitation Only.

 

Jan
28
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Jan 28 @ 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

Feb
4
Thu
Worthing Knights Online Tournament @ Online - Lichess
Feb 4 @ 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