Worthing Chess Academy

South West Sussex Schools Chess Academy

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.

David Graham, a coach with many years experience in junior chess is the Academy Director for the South West Sussex area.

SW Sussex Academy Event – Worthing – 21st December 2016

SW Sussex Academy Event – Worthing – 21st December 2016

Headline Results

School Teams:

  School Points
1st Broadwater Years 1-4 11
2nd Westbourne House 8 (on tie break)
3rd West Park CE Primary 8
4th= Arundel CE Primary
  Broadwater Years 5-6
  English Martyrs Primary
  Lancing Prep (Worthing)
  Steyning Primary
9th Vale Primary 7


Individual Prizewinners:

Group 1/2  Name School
1st Alex Lloyd Steyning Primary
2nd Zach Hogg Vale Primary
3rd= Emerson Purvis
Quinn Stephenson
Arundel CE Primary
Broadwater CE Primary
Group 3  Name School
1st James Bashford Broadwater Primary
2nd Emma Forester Our Lady of Sion
3rd= Zac Casebow
Joel Hogg
Toby Ralph
Nathan Smith
Petra Szabo-Garay
Arundel CE Primary
Vale Primary
Lancing Prep (Hove)
Westbourne House
Broadwater CE Primary
Group 4  Name School
1st Cameron Cooper Broadwater Primary
2nd= Forest Purvis
Alex Witcomb
James Zheng
Arundel CE Primary
Westbourne House
Broadwater CE Primary
Group 5  Name School
1st= Samuel Harrison
Andrew Martin
Joseph Zheng
English Martyrs Primary
West Park Primary
Broadwater CE Primary
Group 6+  Name School
1st= Alice Johnstone
Ellie Vyse
English Martyrs Primary
Davison CE High School
2nd n/a  
3rd= Loic Mason
Henry Shephard
Lancing Prep (Worthing)
Lancing Prep (Worthing)
Elite  Name School
1st Alex Littlehales Lancing College
2nd Tom Howeson Westbourne House
3rd Thomas Dan
Callum Vyse
Orchards Primary
Broadwater CE Primary

Arbiter’s Awards:



Zac Casebow Arundel CE Primary
Oliver Chapman-Smith Steyning Primary
Madison Cox Vale Primary
Mathilda Dunne-Nguyen Steyning Primary
Shaugn-Jay Griffith Chesswood Primary
Henry Heryet Lancing Prep (Worthing)
Danny Lloyd Steyning Primary
Ben McKay Vale Primary
Peter O’Donnell Elm Grove Primary
Harry Richardson Lancing Prep (Worthing)
George Solomon Chesswood Primary
Kian Sparks-Williams Steyning Primary
Ella Thornburg Arundel CE Primary
Alex Wood Arundel CE Primary



This was the 7th Academy event and we had a bumper turnout – 67 players, 10 school teams (3 or more players from one school) and an amazing 24 schools represented in all. 

The aim of the event is to give children experience of playing outside of their home and school chess club – it is seen as a stepping stone into the main Sussex Junior Chess tournaments.

Behaviour, sportsmanship and concentration from the children was terrific and the tournament was played in a great spirit.

The children in years 1 to 5 were split into groups based on age. The older children were split into 2 groups based on ability and experience.

School chess clubs have only recently been established at Lancing Prep (Worthing), Steyning Primary and Westbourne House and they were well represented with Westbourne House taking 2nd place!

Congratulations to the Broadwater years 1-4 team who romped to victory in the schools team event. After them it was incredibly close. West Park were very unlucky to miss out on 2nd on tie-break but took away the 3rd place trophy. Arundel, Broadwater years 5-6, English Martyrs, Lancing Prep (Worthing) and Steyning Primary were all within a point of 3rd place.

Congratulations also to St. Margaret’s who scored 3 points with just 2 players after they lost a member to illness after round 1.

A tournament like this is not possible without support from the parents and helpers who give up their time to bring the children along, a big thanks to everyone. Thanks also to Durrington Community Centre for providing a great venue. I was also very fortunate to receive excellent support from Ken Haworth, Chris Jones and various members of my family for running the tournament and providing refreshments.

Dave Graham