Book now for chess on the beach!

The booking system is now up and running for chess on the beach! Remember, if you just want to play casual chess, there is no charge and no need to book. Just come along and have fun! But if you want to play in either the Bughouse cup or the Beach Blitz, you can book online now. We will be taking entries on the day if spaces remain, but numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!


Grand Prix prize giving

A few photos from our prize giving the other night for our Grand Prix season of events. In order: Mark Rich (Overall winner), Janis Petersons (3rd place overall), Bill Luxton (U1800 winner), Steve Merchant (U1600 winner), Mike Chapman (Unrated 3rd place), Sebastian Merchant (U1400 3rd place) and Harry Morter (U1400 2nd place.)


Junior handicap tournament

Congratulations to Harry Morter who was the winner of this years Junior Handicap tournament! Well done, Harry!


Blitz 2024

On Friday evening we held our annual Blitz competition. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Mark Rich.


Junior adventures

Noah and Rose travelled up to Nottingham for the National Junior Chess Championships on 5th January. A highly competitive 3 day FIDE event with a packed schedule including ongoing training and analysis with FIDE trainers and titled coaches; the pair from Bexhill had a fantastic weekend.

Noah was in the U10s and came away with 3.5 points, Rose was in the U14 section and finished the weekend on 2.5 points.

On Saturday night, the organisers hosted 4 simul games which Rose took part in; selecting to play against IM Lorin D’Costa, coach for the England Women’s Team and a challenge she had been looking forward to for 3 years.

She was very happy to be the last player in the hall, battling for 2 hours 45 mins and coming away with a draw.

Rose also won a training prize of £50

Both of our juniors are looking forward to next year already. A highly recommended weekend.


The Grand Prix season concludes

Last friday saw our 8th and final Grand Prix event of the season. Thank you to everyone who turned up to support this and all our events. Full results for this event, can be found below.

Full results for the season our now up on the Grand Prix page.


Bexhill beginners:

Steve is going to be running an introductory chess course over the summer in place of the junior meeting. Please share if you know anyone who may be interested. Details are as follows:

New to chess? Not played since you were a kid?

Bexhill chess club will be running a 6 week beginners/ refresher/ introduction to chess course.

The price for the course is just £30 and includes 6 one hour coaching sessions as well as access to up to 3 hours a week of free play to give you a chance to practice what you have learned. Also plenty of tea and biscuits!

The course will include:
The pieces – How do they move? Where should they go? How to talk to your army?
The opening – What to do in the first 10 moves?
The middle game – Tactics, Strategy and a mixture of the two.
The ending – How to finish off your opponent?
Chess and the computer – How to use a computer to access chess and improve your game.
Bexhill beginners cup 2024.

The course is open to anyone 16+.

The sessions will be held at St.Marks community centre on a friday evening from 6pm till 7pm, starting on July 26th and running on consecutive weeks for 6 weeks, finishing on August 30th.

For any questions or to book, email


Bexhill Handicap 2024

Congratulations to Andrew Fleming for winning this year’s Handicap event. With a solid 5 wins out of 5. Well done, Andrew and thank you to everyone who came down and played some fun chess!


GP7 – May

Thank you to everyone who came down and played in our 7th Grand Prix event of the season. Congratulations to our winners Andrew and Janis! The updated scores for the season are now up on the Grnad prix page. Look forward to seeing you all at the season finale on June 28th!


End of the Sussex Junior Grand Prix season 2023/24

Last weekend, many of our juniors headed over to Worthing for the sixth and final Grand Prix of the Sussex junior chess season. It was a great day and all the juniors did us proud!

In the under 11 minors we had three players, two of whom were playing in their very first county tournament. Hudson scored a fantastic 3 out of 6 in his first event, an amazing achievement! Sebastian S, also playing in his first event, scored an incredible 3.5 out of 6! Amazing! Zach had a really good day scoring 4.5 out of 6 and came joint third. Unfortunately he just missed out on a trophy due to tie-break, but was awarded an arbiters award for his excellent performance.

In the under 11 majors, the top two seeds were Bexhill juniors Harry and Noah. Harry scored 3.5 out of 6, and Noah finished in 3rd place with 4/6. Well done boys!

In the under 18 majors, Sebastian M was playing for the first time in the major section. He scored 2 out of 6 and kept his chin up during what is often a very tough transition from playing in the minors to the majors. Rose and Samuel both finished on respectable 3/6, but the man of the moment was our Luke Chapman, continuing his rapid progression who scored 5.5 out of 6 and won the section!

Once the tournament was wrapped up it was time to announce the age group winners for the 2023/24 season:

Timmy Nguyen won the under 8 age group.

Noah Pearson won the under 9 age group.

Luke Chapman won the under 13 age group.

Sebastian Merchant came 2nd in the under 15 age group.

Well done to everyone for a fantastic season. Thanks to everyone at SJC that makes these events happen. Look forward to doing it all again next season.

The 2024/2025 season will begin in September in Crowborough.