About Chess Academies
Sussex Junior Chess established the Chess Academy concept as a way of encouraging wider participation in chess.
The programme seeks to liaise with schools within a geographic area and then to tailor fun, innovative, and age and experience appropriate chess events to suit that community. It is hoped that this will bring chess to a new audience, encouraging them to learn to play chess and offering them a path for progression through local clubs to County and even National level events.
Brian Stockham, a coach with many years experience in junior chess is the Academy Director for the Uckfield and Burgess Hill areas.
The Uckfield Academy summer championships saw a low attendance of 15 children from 10 local schools, with Uckfield CTC winning Top School, and Rocks Park Top Primary School and the individual champion was Benedict Weis of Uckfield CTC
17 children from 7 schools entered the Uckfield Academy Minor Magician event at Uckfield Youth Centre, with UCTC winning Top School and Blackboys Top Primary School, with Michael Stockham of UCTC the individual champion.
27 children from 12 local schools entered the 37th Uckfield Academy event at UCTC, with the hosts retaining Top School with a record score, Rocks Park narrowly retaining Top Primary School from Blackboys, Michael Stockham individual champion and Lydia Munn winning the Easter egg challenge.
41 children from 17 schools entered the Uckfield Academy winter championships at Rocks Park school, with Uckfield CTC retaining Top School, the hosts Rocks Park regaining Top Primary School, and Michael Stockham was the individual champion with an unbeaten 5½/6
17 children from 8 schools entered the Uckfield Academy event at Uckfield CTC, with the hosts winning Top School and Framfield winning Top Primary School, Troy Southall of Uckfield CTC the individual champion.