Sussex Junior Chess Event Calendar

Events organised by Sussex Junior Chess (colour coded blue or pink)

Grand Prix tournaments are open to all aged under-18 on 31st August 2017 – Sussex Grand Prix Tournaments 2017-18

‘Closed’ tournaments are open to those who live or attend school in Sussex only – Sussex ‘Closed’ Tournaments 2017-18

Training Days are open to those who live or attend school in Sussex only – Sussex Training Days 2017-18

You do not need to be a member to enter our events, and you do not need to commit to more than one event at a time.

Events not organised by Sussex Junior Chess (colour coded yellow)

Information on events that are not organised by Sussex Junior Chess is provided on a best endeavors basis and should not be relied upon as your only source of information about such events. Please contact the relevant organisers for up to date information.

SJC Bursary Fund

SJC believe that no-one should be denied the opportunity to participate in chess on the grounds of cost. The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses. We welcome enquiries which will be dealt with in strict confidence – please contact us for details.

How to enter Sussex events – Book online

Browse our calendar below. When you are ready to book, click on the ‘Book Online’ button above to be taken to our online booking system where you can select the events you are interested in and pay by Paypal, credit card or debit card.

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.


Calendar Key:

  Sussex Tournaments
  Sussex Training Days
  Sussex Team Events
  Sussex School Events
  Events run by organisations outside Sussex

Download the calendar in pdf format – SJC Calendar 2017-18


Use the ‘categories’ and ‘tags’ links to filter the calendar

Dec
16
Sat
London Junior Chess Championships U10 & U14 @ University of Westminster
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm
London Junior Chess Championships U10 & U14 @ University of Westminster

*** This is not a Sussex Junior Chess event. Information on out of county events is provided on a best endeavors basis and should not be relied upon as your only source of information about such events. Please contact the relevant organisers for up to date information ***

Event website: http://www.ljcc.co.uk/index.html

The U10 section is not a NCJS trial qualifier but is very good experience for younger players but pre-qualification to play is required (eg via the SJC GP2 Worth Tournament).

The U14 Major is a NCJS norm event for older players seeking qualification to the squad – no pre-qualification needed.

Dec
21
Thu
Worthing Academy Schools Tournament @ Durrington Community Centre
Dec 21 @ 2:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Dec
28
Thu
London Junior Chess Championships U8, U12, U16, U18-21 @ University of Westminster
Dec 28 @ 9:30 am – Dec 30 @ 7:00 pm
London Junior Chess Championships U8, U12, U16, U18-21 @ University of Westminster

*** This is not a Sussex Junior Chess event. Information on out of county events is provided on a best endeavors basis and should not be relied upon as your only source of information about such events. Please contact the relevant organisers for up to date information ***

Event website: http://www.ljcc.co.uk/index.html

The U8 is NOT a NCJS norm-seeking event but is prestigious and good experience – this takes place over 2 days only 29th-30th Dec.

The U12 Major section is a NCJS U11 trial qualifier  and a NCJS norm-seeking event but pre-qualification to play is required (eg via the SJC GP2 Worth Tournament). Other qualifying events are listed on the LJCC event website.

The U16 is a NCJS norm event for older players seeking qualification to the squad – no pre-qualification needed.

The U18/21 is part of the British Championship Qualifying Grand Prix.

Dec
29
Fri
Uckfield Academy Event
Dec 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

More info to follow.

Jan
3
Wed
Burgess Hill Academy Event
Jan 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

More info to follow.

Jan
6
Sat
Grand Prix 4 @ Hastings
Jan 6 @ 9:45 am – 5:30 pm
Grand Prix 4 @ Hastings

Location

St Mary Star of the Sea Primary, Magdalen Rd, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6EU

What is a ‘Grand Prix’ ?

The Sussex Junior Chess ‘Grand Prix’ comprises a series of 6 Open tournaments throughout the year. Tournaments are standalone, but a player’s best four results count towards a Grand Prix final placing at the end of the season.  Silver salvers are awarded to the top three placed players in each age group with medals for those competing in at least five of the six events.

 

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 years at midnight on August 31st 2017.

 

Which section should I enter – Under 11 Minor & Major, U18 Minor & Major?

Minor sections are for weaker players and those new to tournament chess.

The U18 Minor is restricted to players graded 100 or less on the most recent ECF grading list.

Players selected to the U9 and U11 County squads will be expected to enter the U11 Major section.

Winners will be expected to move up to a higher section in subsequent events.

The tournament organisers reserve the right to place a player in the major section if they consider this to be appropriate.  A player may enter a higher section if they wish.

In the event of low entries, sections may be merged.

 

Prizes:

U18 Major and U18 Minor:  Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and grading prizes

U11 Major and U11 Minor: Trophies for the top three places in each section. Trophies for the top placed player in each age group from U7 – U10 from either (but not both) of the under 11 sections.

Trophy for the top girl from either (but not both) of the under 11 sections.

Rate of Play

Fischer time control – 25 mins plus 5 secs a move. ECF rapidplay rules will apply.  A brief explanation is always given at the start of the competition for those not familiar with chess clocks.

Timetable

Round 1 10:00 – 11:00 Round 2 11:15 – 12:15
Lunch
Round 3 12:45 – 13:45 Round 4 14:00 – 15:00
Round 5 15:15 – 16:15 Round 6 16:30 – 17:30
Prize giving approximately 5:45

Please note 9:45 registration to ensure a prompt start at 10:00

Unregistered players arriving after 9:45 will miss round 1. A half point bye may be awarded at the organisers’ discretion

Entry fees:

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £12 £16
Family Ticket * £22 £30

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to prepare the tournament. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org

ECF Grading

All games will be submitted to the ECF for grading.

Jan
13
Sat
4NCL Sussex Martlets 1 @ Solihull
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm – Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm
4NCL Sussex Martlets 1 @ Solihull

Entry by selection

4NCL Sussex Martlets 2 & 3 @ Reading
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm – Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm
4NCL Sussex Martlets 2 & 3 @ Reading

Entry by selection

Sussex U9 Team inter-County match @ Twyford, Berks
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sussex U9 Team inter-County match @ Twyford, Berks

ENTRY BY SELECTION ONLY

Jan
20
Sat
Training Day 5 @ Aldrington Primary School
Jan 20 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm
Training Day 5 @ Aldrington Primary School

Location

Aldrington Primary School, Eridge Road, Hove, BN3 7QD

Eligibility

Open to anyone aged under 18 at midnight on August 31st 2017 and who is either resident in, or attends school in Sussex.

I’m a beginner, is this for me?

Definitely yes. If you like playing chess, then you’ll love playing better.  Our training sessions are for boys and girls of any level – and we emphasise enjoyment, not just ‘classroom’ learning.

Half day training (2½ hours) is especially suitable for beginners and younger children whose concentration spans may be limited.

Just mention when you enter that you are a beginner and we will make sure that you receive the most suitable trainer.

Do I have to go to all training sessions?

No, but most juniors just love coming to see their friends and working their way towards a place in one of the county teams.

Timetable

Registration 9:45

We will let you know which group you are with and how the day is to be organised.

Morning session 10:00 – 12:30

While concentration levels are good, this is when most of the serious training takes place!

Lunch break 12:30 – 1:30

Afternoon session 1:30 – 4:00

More loosely organised with games and quizzes.  Established favourites are consultation team matches (here 5 juniors and their trainer take on a similar group in a different room!) and simultaneous matches (where some 30 juniors take on a top trainer).

Who are the trainers?

We have several professional chess coaches, and also club players who have been specially selected for their ability to work with young people. All hold enhanced DBS clearance for working with children.

Entry fees

Entry Fee Early Entry

(5 or more days before the event)

Late Entry

(within 5 days of the event)

1 junior £12 £16
Family Ticket * £22 £30
Half Day £7 £11
Half Day Family Ticket * £12 £20

* Covers 2 – 5 siblings living at the same address

Our volunteers work hard in advance of each event to ensure you have the best possible experience. Entries close at 6pm the day before the event to allow time to allocate players to their training groups. Entries on the day cause considerable disruption and result in the event starting late.

Therefore, players who turn up on the day without prior registration incur an additional  late fee of £4 per player.

Supervision of Children

The organisers and their helpers cannot accept responsibility for juniors.

Children under the age of 8 years will not be allowed to participate unless supervised by a parent/guardian throughout the whole event.

Children over the age of 8 years may be supervised by an adult nominated by their parents (though this cannot be a coach). However, parents/guardians should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children at all times and in all places during this event (including whilst their children are in session with a coach or playing a game during a tournament).

Photographs and Database

Entry to this event is on the understanding that results and photographs may be used for publicity including in the press, and on our website. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let an organiser know at registration. Your details will also be held on  our database for the purposes of advising you of events, and County team selection. We never share your details with third parties.

Catering

A comprehensive range of hot and cold snacks is provided at all SJC events including sandwiches, confectionery and hot and cold drinks.

Disclaimer

The Organisers and their helpers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event.

SJC Bursary Fund

The SJC Bursary fund has been established to assist Sussex families in need with expenses.  We welcome enquiries in strict confidence to bursar@sussexjuniorchess.org