The Mid-Sussex Chess League

is a flourishing organisation, with a current membership of 14 clubs fielding 33 teams playing in all-play-all divisions with promotion and relegation between them. It is primarily a weekday evening league.

Membership is open to chess clubs throughout Sussex, though as its name suggests, its origins were in the geographical centre of the original county (officially divided into East and West Sussex in 1974), and that is where most of its member clubs are located. Since Sussex is a broad but narrow coastal region (approximately 70 miles east to west by 25 miles north to south), clubs from the extreme western and eastern reaches are generally admitted on condition that they can travel to other clubs or play matches at a half-way-house venue.

Planning for each season starts in September, with matches being played between mid-October and mid-May. Applications from new clubs to join for the next season are always welcome and should be made to the League Secretary [You are recommended to read the League Rules but particularly see rules 1.4 and 3.1]

The normal playing session is 3 hours and 10 minutes and matches are usually arranged for 7.30 to 10.40pm but some clubs can offer weekend fixtures. Standard play games not completed in that time, and where the players cannot agree a result within a week, are sent for adjudication. The league also runs a knock-out competition on a handicap basis; .

The League charges annual team fees to cover its running costs, usually about £4 per team, plus Game Fees charged by the English Chess Federation for non-members.The MSCL is affiliated to the Sussex County Chess Association.

Nominated players can be found on the main website, as can the most recent version of the rules.

A list of teams incurring default penalty points can be found on our main website.

Latest Results

Lewes  1½ - 2½  Sussex University  Tue 26th Nov 2019
I am the KO captain for Lewes but can't enter this result. There is an error message at th
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Eastbourne 3  1 - 4  Hastings & St.Leonards 4  Fri 6th Dec 2019
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Eastbourne 1  1 - 4  Hastings & St.Leonards 1  Fri 6th Dec 2019
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Horsham 2  3½ - 1½  Haywards Heath 1  Tue 3rd Dec 2019
Board 2 is now a draw as the tablebase has confirmed it.
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