Welcome to 3Cs Chess Club ...

Founded 1978


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Miners Arts and Music Community Centre, Moston, Manchester.

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3Cs Chess Club

St.Edward's RC Parish Hall

Spring Lane


Oldham,  OL4 5AJ


Thursdays 7pm - 9pm

The next 3Cs' club night is tomorrow, Thursday, 19 May (7pm)

Updated  10.15am       Wed 18 May 2022


Thank you all for your support of the club


Recent updates:

News  (Junior Events)

Fixtures  (Future Events)

Fixtures  (Junior Congress - 28 May)

Manchester League  (Main Page)

Club Honours  (Main Page)

Club Honours  (Internationals)

Coaching  (Main Page)

Puzzle Board  (Daily Puzzle 1 - 7)


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

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Our first team gained a 4-1 away win against Chorlton 1 in Division 1 of the Manchester Spring League and will now face Blue Club in a championship decider on 28 May.  The victory over Chorlton was achieved due to wins by Joao Rita, Mitchell Burke and Andy Lewis together with draws from Kevin Ye and Kyle Pelling. However, our second team lost 1.5 - 3.5 at home to a strong Stockport 1 team in Division 3 with the points for 3Cs coming from a win by Hunain Malik and a draw by Karl Moorcroft.

Details from Phil Adams's most recent 3Cs' Newsletter (10 May) can now be seen on our main "Coaching" page. The full content of the fortnightly newsletters (available only to 3Cs' members) include several tactical problems. If any current or former 3Cs' members do not already receive Phil's full newsletter but would wish to do so then please e-mail Phil at "phil1948a@hotmail.com".

Crystal Ashton and daughter Alannah played in the Durham congress with Crystal finishing on 2/5 in the Open section while Alannah scored 3/5 in the Major section as well as receiving a trophy as the player who gained the most ECF rating points in the entire congress.

Kyle Pelling has become the latest 3Cs' player to gain International recognition by representing England at the World Youth Rapidplay and Blitz Championships in Rhodes, Greece.  Further details of the events are in our "Junior Events" section (via the drop-down box of the main "News" page).

Greater Manchester have reached the quarter-final of the open-age County Championships and are searching for players interested in playing.  For details click on the main "Manchester League" page of this website.

A list of the entries received so far is shown in our "Junior Congress 28 May" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Fixtures" page)

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.

Attendances at the 3Cs' Thursday club nights are gradually on the increase following the recent health crisis, including several new members, as can be seen on the photographs shown below.
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Club Night Mar22 (1)
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3Cs have two online clubs via "chess.com" and "lichess.org" and which can be seen via the following links ...

If you are new to chess then click on the following links for various information which may be of use

                    Forthcoming 3Cs' Matches

           Manchester Spring League  (7.30pm)

Mon 23 May     Division 1      Blue Club 1   v   3Cs 1

Wed 25 May     Division 3      3Cs 2   v   Blue Club 2
Stephen Gordon
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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.

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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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.