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Welcome to 3Cs Chess Club ...

Founded 1978

As seen on BBC1's "The One Show"
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Miners Arts and Music Community Centre, Moston, Manchester.

Details via "Sponsors" section of drop-down box on "Welcome" page

The next 3Cs' weekly club night takes place tonight, Thursday, 22 February (7pm - 9pm) 


Updated  12.50am        Thr 22 Feb 2024

Thank you all for your support of the club


Recent updates:

Who We Are  (All Our Chessterdays)

News  (Junior Events)

Fixtures  (Main Page)

Fixtures  (Teams)

Fixtures  (Match Diary)

Future Events  (Main Page)

Club Honours  (External Awards)

Club Honours  (Titled Players)

Coaching  (Main Page)

Coaching  (Quotes 1)

Puzzle Board  (Daily Puzzle 1 - 7)

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3Cs Chess Club

St.Edward's RC Parish Hall

Spring Lane


Oldham,  OL4 5AJ


Thursdays 7pm - 9pm

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Several photographs and news articles from 3Cs' past have been discovered and can be seen  -  along with other items from the club's history  -  in our "All Our Chessterdays" section (via the drop down box of the main "Who We Are" page.
3Cs feature prominently in the December issue of the English Chess Federation's monthly newsletter "Chess Moves".

A five-page article (pages 39-43), including several photographs, tells the story of 3Cs' formation and history while also detailing how the club has maintained an ongoing conveyor belt of young talent for many years.

Pages 47-48 also report on Steve Rigby's recent "Points of Light" National Honour while pages 4-5 feature the recent British Blitz Championship at which 3Cs' International Master Andy Horton became the 2023 English Blitz Champion.

The December 2023 newsletter can be seen by clicking on the following link...
                        NATIONAL AWARD FOR 3Cs' FOUNDER

3Cs' founder Steve Rigby has been personally honoured by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who recommended him to receive a "Points of Light" award which is a National Honour bestowed upon individual volunteers whose efforts have made a difference to their community.

The Prime Minister's personal award is in recognition of the 45 years Steve has spent encouraging youngsters to play chess since forming the 3Cs chess club in 1978.

Steve becomes the first person to receive the award for services to chess while further information is in our "External Awards" section, via the drop-down box of the main "Club Honours" page.
3Cs Chess Club featured on the BBC1 primetime television programme "The One Show" on Friday 13 October 2023.

The section of the programme involving 3Cs can be seen by clicking on the box (below) while photographs taken when filming at the club are in our "BBC at 3Cs" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Who We Are" page).

The BBC have kindly given permission for 3Cs to reproduce the broadcast on this website.
                  Forthcoming 3Cs' Matches

         Thursday 22 February 2024  (7.30pm)
B Division                  Eccles 2      v     3Cs 2
Milner Trophy (SF)   Swinton/Worsley 5 v 3Cs 5
       Wednesday 28 February 2024 (7.30pm)
C Division                 Ashton 1  v  3Cs 3
Rapid Division         3Cs 6  v  Swinton/Worsley 6   
3Cs' first major honour of 2024 has come via FIDE - the World governing body of chess - awarding the title of Candidate Master to Edward Jackson.

Photographs of all our players who have achieved Masters titles are in our "Titled Players" section, via the drop-down box of the main "Club Honours" page.
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3Cs' players have recently been in action throughout the country with Ibrahim Riaz and Kytle Pelling at the Swinton Handicap event while Claire Kerton and Mo Rohman played in the Lancaster Rapidplay. For details of how they performed go to our "3Cs On Tour" section, via the drop-down box of the main "News" page.

The Glorney Cup - a four home national junior International team event - will be in Hull from 23-25 July and for which more details, plus an application form for a place on the England team, are in our "Junior Events" section via the drop-down box of the main "News" page.

The 2024 British Championships are to take place in Hull. Further details are in our "British Championships" section via the drop-down box of the main "News" page.

Bolton is staging its annual Easter Congress, starting on Good Friday, 29 March 2024. For more information and for details of other forthcoming competitions go to our main "Future Events" page.

Valentine's Day appears to have massacred our first team's chances of lifting the Manchester League A Division title for a ninth consecutive season.  Missing several regulars due to "other commitments" on 14 February, 3Cs 1 lost 4-2 at home to Bolton 1and now rely on others to slip up to have any chance of another championship. The points for 3Cs came via draws by Kyl;e Pelling, Phil Adams, Marlon Espiritu and Alannah Ashton.

In a top of the table clash in C Division, 3Cs 4 drew 3-3 at home to Bury 1 but maintain their position as league leaders. Mo Rohman and Suleiman Nisar won their games for 3Cs while Hunain Malik and Charlie Locke drew.

Selected details from Phil Adams's latest 3Cs' Newsletter (13 February) can be seen on our main "Coaching" page.  The full content of the fortnightly newsletter (available only to 3Cs' members) includes several tactic problems as well as up-to-date news of events both local and afar.  If any current or former 3Cs' members do not receive the Newsletter but would wish to do so, please e-mail Phil at ""

Several 3Cs players took part in this year's Blackpool Congress for which more details can be found in our "3Cs On Tour" section (via the drop-down box of the main "News" page).

3Cs 3 gained a 5.5 - -0.5 win in their C Division match at home to Blue Club 2,; the visitors having been deducted a game point due to arriving a player short.  Wins for 3Cs came from Mischa Tebelev, Hunain Malik,  James Marshall and Karl Moorcroft while Helal Ahmed drew.

Our rapidplay team - 3Cs 6 - maintained their unbeaten record this season with a 7-1 league win at home to Chorlton 6, The rapidplay division involves team of 4  with each player facing the same opponent twice but with alternate colours. Charlie Locke, Sam Owen and Noah Hicks won both their individual games with Suleiman Nisar providing the other 3Cs' point.

3Cs' founder Steve Rigby has started a new chess club in Welshpool where he now lives. Further information can be seen by clicking on our main "News" section in the menu at the top of this page.


3Cs have officially become the top chess club in the country after winning the ECF National Club Championship.

Further details are in our "2023 National Champions" section (via the drop-down box of our main "Club Honours" page).
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Welcome to 3Cs' website

To access any of the main pages for each section shown in the menu at the top of this page just click on the appropriate heading. Alternatively just place your cursor over the heading to reveal 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.

The main "Future Events" section of this website includes details of several forthcoming chess tournaments at various levels and which may be of interest for any 3Cs' members wishing to enter.

Just click on the "Future Events" heading at the top of the page.
3Cs have won the 2023 British Chess Educational Trust award for outstanding achievement and encouragement of chess at junior level and is the most prestigious national honour specifically for the promotion of junior chess.

The club have received an engraved chess board, boxed pieces and clock (shown below). More details are in our "ECF Awards" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Club Honours" page).

7 chess puzzles - updated every day - plus 3 "Play the Computer" options are available via the drop-down box of our main "Puzzle Board" page.

22 July 2023

The news of the BBC's visit to the 3Cs' headquarters attracted 174 hits to this website during the following 24 hours ... a new daily record !!!

If you are new to chess then click on the links below for some useful information.

Go to our "Who Else ?" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Q&A" page) to see which celebrities also play chess.
3Cs' founder Steve Rigby alongside one of the club's coaches, Crystal Ashton.

Although now living near the Welsh border, Steve regularly attends the club and is still actively involved in much of the behind the scenes organisation for 3Cs.

As well as her coaching duties, Crystal also organises the 3Cs' Junior 4NCL team and has also recently passed an arbiters' exam.
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9 year old James Kaliski, one of the current group of up-and-coming 3Cs' young players. recently displayed his skills on the open-air chess set in Manchester city centre, receiving plenty of praiseworthy comments from people who stopped to watch as he took on adult opponents.

Yes, James won and was even rewarded with free ice cream courtesy of a vendor who was delighted that James has attracted a large crowd near to her van on such a hot afternoon.
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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, including regular appearances in the lucrative German national chess Bundersliga, Stephen continues to play for 3Cs.

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.

Much of the 3Cs' success for several years is due to many of its juniors continuing to play with the club in their later years ... with the photo (below) providing such examples.

From left to right, Dale James, Andy Lewis and Adam Ashton, all began playing chess for 3Cs while at junior school and are all still involved with the club.
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3Cs have two online clubs via "" and "" and which can be seen via the following links ...
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                    ALANNAH ASHTON
  2023 British Girls' under-12s' Champion
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Images from a recent 3Cs' club night showing some junior members (above) and those with more experience (below).

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


However, the photograph (left) is from 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 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.

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