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Welcome to 3Cs Chess Club ...

Founded 1978

Website sponsored by ...

Miners Arts and Music Community Centre, Moston, Manchester.

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

The next 3Cs' club night is this Thursday, 2 February 2023 (7pm)

51 young players took part in the latest 3Cs' junior congress - Details and photographs of the event can be viewed in our "Club Competitions" section (via the drop-down box of the main "News" page).
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3Cs Chess Club

St.Edward's RC Parish Hall

Spring Lane


Oldham,  OL4 5AJ


Thursdays 7pm - 9pm

Updated  5.55pm         Sun 29 Jan 2023


Thank you all for your support of the club


Recent updates:

Who We Are  (ECF Membership)

Who We Are  (In Memoriam)

News  (3Cs On Tour)

News  (Club Competitions)

News  (British Championships)

Fixtures  (Main Page)

Fixtures  (Teams)

Fixtures  (Future Events)

Coaching  (Main Page)

Chess Links  (Main Page)

Puzzle Board  (Main page)

Puzzle Board  (Daily Puzzle 1 - 7)

           Forthcoming 3Cs' Matches

         Manchester Chess Federation

         Monday 30 January  (7.30pm)
                          B Division
                Blue Club 2   v   3Cs 2

       Wednesday 1 February  (7.30pm)
                          D Division
                  3Cs 4  v  Chorlton 4

Click the following link for this season's Manchester League fixtures, match results and current league tables ...


Greater Manchester lost to Northumberland in both their Open (7-5) and u-2050 (7.5 - 4.5) fixtures.  3Cs were represented by Adam Ashton, Alan Walton, John Bentley and Kyle Pelling in the open team and Vic Pelling for the u-2050s.

3Cs 1 gained an outstanding 4-2 away win against Swinton & Worsley to maintain their unbeaten record in the Manchester League's A Division despite fielding only three regular first team players. Alan Walton led the way with an excellent draw against Grandmaster Nigel Davies while Sarah Longson, Dale James and Kyle Pelling all won their individual games and Andy Lewis gained a draw.

Selected details from Phil Adams's most recent 3Cs' Newsletter (24 January) can now 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 ""

Claire Kerton finished on 2.5 / 5 in the Lancaster Rapidplay competition while her sister Becky along with Kyle Pelling both scored 2.

The 2023 British Championships are to be held in Leicester from 21-30 July. Further details available in our "British Championships" section (via the drop-down box of the main "News" page).

A good night for 3Cs with our third team having a 3.5-2.5 home win against Chorlton 3 in the Manchester League's C Division while our 5th achieved an outstanding 4-4 draw away to Ashton 2 in the Raipdplay Division despite their opponents having an superior average of more than 200 rating points per player.  The 3Cs' points for our third team came via wins by Mischa Tebelev, Nathan Butterworth and Jade Drummond, along with a draw by Mikhail Ali, while Jack Gladwin won both of his games in the rapidplay fixture,  James Marshall scored  1.5 / 2 and Declan Johnston gained a draw.

A chess-based question was recentl;y on the BBC television programme "Pointless" ... Click on our main "Puzzle Board" page for the question to see if you would have won the jackpot.

Kyle Pelling finished 3rd in the Hull rapidplay u-1900 section. Further details can be seen in our "3Cs On Tour" section via the drop-down box of the main "News" page.

3Cs 2 maintained their unbeaten record for the season with a 3-3 home draw against Swinton & Worsley 2 in B Division of the Manchester League.  The points for 3Cs were scored by Robert McLean, Crystal Ashton and Mischa Tebelev.

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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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.

The 3Cs' 2023 calendar (as per the specimen below) is now available and can be purchased from the club shop on match and club nights at £2 each.
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If you are new to chess then click on the following links for various information which may be of use

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 have two online clubs via "" and "" and which can be seen via the following links ...

Our "Puzzle Board" section includes
7 new positional problems every day
   3 "You versus Computer" games

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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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