About Sussex 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.
Latest News from the Uckfield Chess Academy:
23rd July 2018
The Uckfield Academy summer championships took place at the Uckfield Youth Centre, with 19 entrants from 9 schools, and 9-year-old Hugo Ullmann of Blackboys emerged as the worthy surprise champion, with Uckfield College retaining Top School and a strong team from Copthorne Prep were Top Primary School.
31st May 2018
26 children from 8 schools entered the 44th Uckfield Academy event entitled Bishop Botherer at the Uckfield Youth Centre, which was a training event, but the competition element was won by Benedict Weis of Uckfield College, with their team retaining Top School and Blackboys CEP Top Primary School.
12th April 2018
26 children from 11 schools entered the 43rd Uckfield Academy special Easter event at the Uckfield Youth Centre, with Oliver Christian of Uckfield College winning the Easter Egg challenge, Daniel Longley of Kings Academy Ringmer the individual champion; Blackboys retained Top Primary School and Uckfield College again Top School.
15th February 2018
29 children from 14 schools attended the 42nd Uckfield Academy event entitled Minor Mayhem at the Uckfield Youth Centre. Anticipating a challenge from Burgess Hill, where the event had to be cancelled, Uckfield College fielded a massive team and easily won the Top School trophy, with Blackboys CEP also retaining Top Primary School, and Michael Stockham of Uckfield College was again the individual champion on 5.5/6.
29th December 2017
18 children from 11 schools attended the Uckfield Academy winter championships held at the Uckfield Youth Centre, with the hosts Uckfield College winning Top School, Blackboys CEP were Top Primary School and Michael Stockham of Uckfield College was the individual champion with 6/6.
27th October 2017
24 children from 10 schools entered the 40th Uckfield Academy event entitled Pawnstormer, with the hosts Uckfield College winning Top School and Blackboys CEP Top Primary School and the individual champion was Michael Stockham of the College.