British Chess Championships, Leicester, 20th-30th July 2023

Nearly 30 Sussex Juniors and their families made the trek up the M1 to compete in the British Chess Championships – the flagship congress of the ECF (English Chess Federation) comprising a myriad of events catering for all ages and standards. Joining them in competing were a dozen ex-juniors and coaches, and one brave parent.

Congratulations to Under-16 Jacob Wynn who achieved 4 out of 7 in the Under-16 section, earning his second half-norm and therefore qualification to the NCJS (National Chess Junior Squad). In normal times he would have qualified at a younger age, but over the board qualification events ceased during the pandemic.

Well done to everyone who took part – many of the junior events were very strong and the 2-year age groups made it challenging for some. Bella found herself in the under 12 section, missing eligibility for the under 10s by 4 days!

There were also several fun events, rapidplays and blitzs. Well done to Aditya Gupta who won one of two best game medals in a simul held by GM Keith Arkell.

If anyone would like to contribute an anecdote or a game please get in touch.


Major Open: SJC coaches Callum Brewer and Calum Salmons both scored 6/9, qualifying to play in the main British Championship next year

Weekender Atkins Open: U16 Arjun Kolani 4/5, 2nd=

Afternoon U1450 Section: U12s Liam Finlay and Avyanna Singh both 4/6, 3rd=

Under 16: Jacob Wynn and Louis Buckland, both 4/7, half norms towards NCJS qualification

Under 14: Kit Blades 5/7 4th=

Under 12: Henri Blin (U12) 4/7, half norm towards NCJS qualification;

Full results are here