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Founded 1978

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3Cs Chess Club

St.Edward's RC Parish Hall

Spring Lane


Oldham,  OL4 5AJ


Thursdays 7pm - 9pm

The next weekly 3Cs' club night is tomorrow, Thursday, 1 December (7pm)

For anyone interested in joining 3Cs either come to one of our weekly club nights or see contact details in our "Club Officials" section via the drop-down box of the main "Who We Are" page.

Updated  10.45am         Wed 30 Nov 2022


Thank you all for your support of the club


Recent updates:

Who We Are  (ECF Membership)

WHo We Are  (ECF Ratings)

News  (3Cs On Tour)

Fixtures  (Main Page)

Fixtures (Future Events)

Coaching  (Main Page)

Chess Links  (Main Page)

Puzzle Board  (Play Computer)

Puzzle Board  (Daily Puzzle 1 - 7)



Selected details from Phil Adams's most recent 3Cs' Newsletter (29 November) can now been seen on our main "Coaching" page. The full content of the fortnightly newsletter (available only to 3Cs' members) include several tactical problems. If any current or former 3Cs' members do not currently receive the newsletter but would wish to do so then please e-mail Phil at "phil1948a@hotmail.com"

Several 3Cs' players represented Greater Manchester in County Championship fixtures at varying levels against Yorkshire.  Kyle Pelling achieved a fine draw as board 1 for the under 2050 team, while there was a win by Vic Pelling on board 9 for the under-1450 side, for whom the quartet of Abdul Qadeer, Hasan Adnan, Hafa Riaz and Ibrahim Riaz all made their first appearance at this higher level.

Despite fielding a somewhat weakened side, 3Cs 1 maintained their unbeaten record in the top division of the Manchester League with a 3-3 draw away to Chorlton 1. The result actually demonstrated the strength in depth of 3Cs as none of our first team seeded players played in the match and with the points for 3Cs coming via wins from Phil Adams and Mischa Tebelev as well as draws by Kyle Pelling and Andy Lewis.

3Cs 2 progressed into the next round of the Wahltuch Trophy by virtue of a 4-2 away win against Chorlton 2 and with the points for 3Cs coming via wins by Kyle Pelling, Mischa Tebelev and Mikhail Ali as well as draws by Andy Lewis and Vic Pelling - the latter playing his first ever game for the club and having only stepped in at the last minute due to an illness of the originally selected player.  3Cs 2 now play Swinton & Worsley 3 in the 1/4 finals.

Our 3rd team lost 4.5-1.5 away to Eccles 2 in C Division of the Manchester League with Andy Lewis, Marlon Espiritu and Hunain Malik all having drawn their games.

Our 5th team won 5-3 away to Swinton & Worsley 6 in the Rapidplay Division. The rapidplay league has players facing each other twice, once as white and once as black, with John Walton and Declan Johnston (playing his first match for the club) winning both their games while James Marshall secured the other point for 3Cs.

Welcome to the 3Cs' website

To access any of the pages just click on the appropriate heading at the top or alternatively place your cursor over the heading to see a drop-down box giving further options.

3Cs, or to use its official name "The Childrens' Chess Club of Oldham", is dedicated to providing the opportunity for local youngsters to learn and play the game of chess.

The club is recognised as one of the most successful production lines of young talent throughout the country with both the club itself and many of its individual members having gained major honours at both national and international level.

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Proving that 3Cs is a very close-knit club; pictured are four of our players next to each other while playing for the Greater Manchester under-1450 team in their County Championship fixture versus Yorkshire.
Left to right - Abdul Qadeer,  Hasan Adnan,  Hafsa Riaz,  Vic Pelling.



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Pictured are our 5th and 6th teams in action during their "local derby" encounter in the Manchester Rapidplay League.

The rapidplay division is for players rated under 1451, with each match contested over four boards and with each player facing the same opponent twice - once as white and once as black.

On this occasion the match ended as a 4-4 draw.
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If you are new to chess then click on the following links for various information which may be of use

3Cs have two online clubs via "chess.com" and "lichess.org" and which can be seen via the following links ...

Try our SEVEN daily chess puzzles and THREE play the computer games via the drop-down box of the main "Puzzle Board" page.

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Just a typical night at a local chess club ???


However, the photograph shown is at a 3Cs' weekly club night and the "typical kind of members" include Grandmaster Stephen Gordon (seated) as well as International Master Andy Horton (second left) and Women's International Master and six times French women's champion Sophie Milliet (third left).


Also in the picture are Helal Ahmed (extreme left); Michael Tebelev (third right) and 3Cs' head coach Phil Adams (extreme right).

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3Cs' very own Grandmaster STEPHEN GORDON who joined the club while still at primary school and has since progressed to become one of the World's elite group of players.

The photographs above show Stephen in action (left) during the 2019 British Championships and also in conversation with Victor Korchnoi, one of the greatest players of all time.

Despite his talent often being sought by various teams both home and abroad, inluding regular appearances in the lucrative German national chess Bundersliga, Stephen continues to play for 3Cs in the 4NCL, where the club compete among the very best teams in Britain.

He has twice won the English Championship, in 2007 and 2012, as well as the 2019 British Rapidplay title while in 2005 he triumphed over more than 1,500 other competitors to win the UK Chess Challenge title.

Away from the board Stephen has also excelled with his ability in promoting the game of chess and for several years hosted "The Full English Breakfast", a chess podcast often highlighting the lighter side of the game. He is also regularly in demand to provide expert analysis of games played at the very top level.

                      IT'S CHESS - BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT

A recent 3Cs' club night saw some of our young players testing their positional and tactical skills while playing on a variety of alternative-style boards (ie 5x5; 16x12).  (Click on any photo for a larger image)
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Founded in 1978 to promote and develop chess in Oldham Primary Schools and the surrounding districts, 3Cs has grown since then into one of the largest and strongest junior chess club in the country.  Any child is given a welcome, although most are recruited from the Oldham Primary Schools and join by invitation, while they are then encouraged to continue attending once they reach secondary-school age.


The club also has adult members of course who usually fall into one of three categories: ex-juniors who have since grown up; parents of juniors; player-coaches. However, any adults are also made welcome on condition that they actively support the aims and ethos of the club, whose main focus is the development and welfare of the children.


The overall achievements of the club have twice resulted in it receiving the English Chess Federation's "Club of the Year" award - the only club throughout the country to achieve the honour on two occasions - whilst in 2017 the club gained a place among the very best by qualifying to play in the European Club Cup, a feat they repeated in 2018.


However, despite these successes locally, nationally and Internationally, both as a club and for many of its members individually, 3Cs' greatest satisfaction - and forever the main focus of the club - is still seeing local youngsters coming through the door on their weekly club nights (Thursdays 7pm - 9pm) to just enjoy learning and playing the game.