Sussex Junior Chess

Sussex Junior Chess

Sussex Junior Chess was established in 1995 as a not for profit organisation run by volunteers to promote and popularise chess amongst school age children in the county of Sussex. It offers training days with international chess masters and 10 dedicated coaches and also organises tournaments for individuals and schools.

Sussex Junior Chess runs county teams from Under 9 to Under 18 that compete in national events and are currently Under 12, 13, 14 and 18 National Champions. The president is GM David Howell, who was himself a Sussex Junior.

They have played in international events in Ireland (twice) and Holland (three times).

Our team for this event comprises of 7 boys and 1 girl. All of the team live in Sussex and all are current members of Sussex Junior Chess representing the County in National Championships.

Players

Callum Brewer

Callum is 15 and started playing chess at the age of 7, was selected for the England National Junior Squad aged 11 and has taken part in many international tournaments including in France, Wales, Brazil, Czech Republic, Greece and captained the England team in visits to Poland and Belgium.

This year he played in the top section of the British Championships in Bournemouth. His best result to date was beating GM Alexander Cherniaev in a Rapidplay in London.

Otto Pyper

Otto is 17 and started playing chess with his brother at the age of 6 winning the London Junior Under 8 Championship in 2008 and finishing second in the British Under 9 Championship the following year. Most of his early training was with the Sussex Junior Chess Club and he has won many Sussex tournaments at all ages and has been a regular competitor at the British Chess Championships.

He was selected for the England National Junior Squad, one year early, at the age of 9 and has taken part in many international tournaments, including in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Matthew Forster

Matthew is 15 and has been a regular in the Sussex teams after playing in the Under 9 team that captured the National title. He has been a Sussex Junior champion at Under 7, Under 13, and Under 14 age groups.

He won the British Junior Rapidplay champion as an 11 year old shortly before being selected for the England National Junior Squad. Last year he became a Southern Gigafinal ultimo in the UK Chess Challenge and in July this year represented England in the Glorney Cup.

Thomas Finn

Thomas is 15 and started playing chess at the age of 5 playing in his first Sussex tournament as an 8 year old. He was selected for the England National Junior Squad aged 12

He has played in many Sussex National title winning teams in various age groups and is the current Sussex U18 champion.

He represented England in Serbia in 2013 at the European Schools tournament and has also played in tournaments in Czech Republic and Poland.

Amardip Ahluwalia

Amardip is 12 and has represented England since 2013. He has played for Sussex since he was 9 captaining each Sussex team from Under 9 to Under 14 and is the current Sussex U13 champion.

He was selected for the England National Junior Squad at the age of 10 and has taken part in many international tournaments, including in Serbia, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, the Czech Republic and Poland.

He finished second in last year’s Gibraltar International Junior tournament and third in the final of this year’s UK Chess Challenge. In July this year he played in the British Championships in Bournemouth where he was crowned British U13 Champion.

Lucy Bennet-Stevens

Lucy is 13 and has been playing chess since she was 8 and a year later was selected for the Sussex Under 9 team. She has represented England since 2015 and this year played in Poland and also represented England in the Glorney Cup matches against Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France.

She has won the Southern Gigafinal 3 times and this year finished as equal top girl in the final of the UK Chess Challenge where more than 40,000 children took part.

Alec Hedger

Alec is 11 and has been playing chess since he was 5 winning his first tournament aged 6 and representing Sussex since the age of 7. He captained both the Sussex Under 9 and Under 11 teams and was selected for the England Squad in April aged 11.

He is the current Sussex U11 champion and plays for Worthing Chess Club in the Adult Chess League. He has played regularly in chess tournaments in Belarus and earlier this month represented England in Belgium.

Edward Gray

Edward is 11 and has been playing chess since he was 6 winning his first tournament aged 7 and representing Sussex since the age of 8. He has been a member of both the Under 9 and Under 11 Sussex County Teams and represented his new school Brighton College in the recent ECF schools tournament.

He played in the England Under 11 team against Wales in 2015 and 2016 and has participated in the annual British Junior Chess Championships since 2104. This year at Bournemouth he obtained a half norm and part qualification to the England Under 12 Junior Chess Squad.