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3Cs on tour ...

Reports of 3Cs' players in competition, both home and abroad.

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26 February 2023

Becky Kerton was joint winner in the intermediate section of the Leyland Rapidplay with a score of 5 out of 6 despite having having been ranked in 18th position out of the 26 entrants. Becky's only defeat was to the other joint-winner of the competition.

Details of the event can be seen via the link below
15 January 2023

Kyle Pelling finished equal third (out of 45) in the under-1900 section of the Hull rapidplay event, scoring 4.5/6.  Further details can be seen via the following link  ...  
12 February 2023

Several 3Cs' players were at the seaside this weekend taking part in the Blackpool chess congress - which is annually the largest regional competition in the country.

Adam Ashton and Kyle Pelling were in the Open event with Alannah Ashton competing in the Major (u-2050) section.

Jade Drummond competed in the Intermediate (u-1850) tournament while sisters Becky and Claire Kerton were both among the entries for the Standard (u-1550) section and Hunain Malik in the Minor (u-1700) tournament.

The final scores of the 3Cs' players (out of 5 rounds) are as follows ...
Open                 Adam Ashton 3.5,   Kyle Pelling 2.5
Major                Alannah Ashton 2
Intermediate   Jade Drummond 3
Standard          Claire Kerton 3.5,  Becky Kerton 2.5
Minor                Hunain Malik 3
13 January 2023

Ibrahim Riaz scored 3 out of 6 while sister Hafsa finished on 1.5 at the latest Swinton rapidplay  competition
30 December 2022

Adam Ashton along with daughter Alannah took part in the annual Hastings congress between Christmas the the New Year. Details of how they fared can be seen via the following links ...
27 December 2022

Kyle Pelling, Jade Drummond and Ibrahim Riaz represented 3Cs at the Swinton Academy Christmas Rapidplay in which Kyle scored 5 out of 6 and finished runner-up in the u-1850 section, during which he faced Jade in an all-3Cs encounter, while Ibrahim took part in the u-1450 tournament.

The photos will rotate to show all the 3Cs' players in action during the event while clicking on any photo will show a larger image.
26 November 2022

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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13 November 2022

3Cs were well represented at the Greater Manchester junior trials for both the under-11s and under-9s teams.

Alannah Ashton finished joint top of the 30-player older section with a score of 4.5 out of 5, while other young club members taking part were Ivan Elisseev-Siuda, Maeve Martiniere, Aaron Lewis and Seb Kearns.

Twenty-nine players were in the under-9s' tournament including 3Cs' Charlie Barnes, Ibrahim Riaz, Tom Kearns and sisters Savannah and Vanessa Ashton.

4 December 2022

Three 3Cs' players took part in the Bolton Rapidplay.  Kyle Pelling finished in =5th position (out of 35) in the Major (u-1950) event with a score of 4/6 and having played all those who were in the top 4 places,  while sisters Becky and Claire Kerton competed in the Knights (u-1650) tournament, ending on 2.5 and 1.5 respectively.

3 December 2022


3Cs' Jonathan Miller maintained a somewhat unique personal record when drawing his individual game for Greater Manchester in their under-1850 fixture away to Yorkshire.  Despite Yorkshire winning the match 8-4, Jonathan continued his run of not having lost in a County game since playing in his first over 40 years ago.

11 November 2022

Five 3Cs' players competed in the Swinton & Worsley Blitz competition as shown in the photograph.

Back (l to r) Kyle Pelling, Mohammed Rohman, Hafsa Riaz
Front (l to r) Abdul Qadeer, Ibrahim Riaz

In the six round event, Kyle finished with 4 points while the others scored as follows .. Abdul(3), Mohammed (2), Hafsa (2), Ibrahim (1.5) 
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30 October 2022

Adam Ashton and Sarah Longson both finished unbeaten on 4/5 and in equal 3rd position (out of 71) in the Open section of the Scarborough congress while Edward Jackson scored 2 out of 5.  Alannah Ashton competed in the Major section, scoring 3/5 and finishing in equal 9th position (out of 41).
18 Sep 2022

Not only did Crystal, Kyle and Mitchell all finish on the same score at the Ilkley congress, it appears they were just as close to each other while playing their matches ... as can be seen by the photo in which Mitchell is shown stood up in the green shirt, while Kyle is top right in black and Crystal middle right in red.
29 August 2022

Sisters Becky and Claire Kerton took part in the Leyland congress for which details can be seen via this link ...
18 Sep 2022

3Cs were well represented at the Ilkley Congress which began with a Open section "local derby" in which Adam Ashton drew with Kyle Pelling.  Adam went on the finish on 3 points in equal 10th position (out of 45) while Kyle, along with Mitchell Burke and Crystal Ashton all ended on 2.5 points and equal 16th.  Alannah Ashton also scored 2.5 points in the Major section and was equal 24th out of 54 players.
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30 August 2022

Having defeated 5 players who were more than 350 FIDE rating points above him, including a Grandmaster, 3Cs' Edward Jackson finished the Northumberland Masters tournament with a score of 5.5/9 and in 12th position, despite having started the event ranked 54th out of 67.  In doing so Ed gained a massive 194 ranking points and by far the best increase by anyone at the tournament.

More details are available via the following links ...
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2 July 2022

Rebecca Correa won the Warrington Junior Congress, finishing unbeaten on 4.5/5.  Ivan Elisseev-Siuda, also in the Open section, scored 1 point, while Hafsa Riaz and her brother Ibrahim gained 3.5 and 3 points respectively in the Knights section.  The Pawns section saw Aaron Lewis and Abdul Qadeer both scoring 3 points and Maeve Martiniere ending on 2.5.

Pictured are (left to right) Abdul Qadeer, Aaron Lewis, Hafsa Riaz, Ibrahim Riaz, Rebecca Correa, and Maeve Martiniere.  (IvanElisseev-Siuda also played in the competition)
5 June 2022

Ahmed Abbas, who went to live in Cumbria a couple of years ago, celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by entering his first event since then - the South Lakes Congress - and won the minor section !

It was nice to see that Ahmed still registered himself as a 3Cs' player as he will always be welcomed at the club if ever he is in the area.

3Cs were also successful in some of the other sections, with mother and daughter Crystal (open) and Alannah Ashton (major) winning their respective grading prizes.
22 May 2022

Adam Ashton scored 4.5/7 in the English Open Championship, finishing in equal 4th position (out of 33 entrants) and only behind 2 Grandmasters and 2 International Masters.

Click this link for details of the event ...   
8 May 2022

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.
13 March 2022

Hunain Malik (pictured below) won the Standard section of the 2022 Blackpool congress outright after gaining four wins and a draw to finish unbeaten on 4.5/5.

Crystal Ashton finished on 3.5/5 in the Open section; the same score being achieved by her daughter Alannah in the Intermediate event while Paul Keech, also in the Intermediate section, ended on 2.5

Details via this link ...
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20 February 2022

Kyle Pelling entered the open section of the Nottingham rapidplay where despite being rated 27th of of the 31 entrants he scored 2/5 with a win and two draw all against higher-rated opponents.  More details via this  link ...
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12 March 2022

A draw by 3Cs' Daniel Abbas helped Oxford to a 4.5 - 3.5 win in the 140th annual Varsity match against Cambridge.
However, Cambridge still have a 60-58 overall lead (with 22 draws) since the event began in 1873  Details of the 2022 fixture, including Daniel's game, can be seen via the following link ...
27 February 2022

Adam Ashton played in a 9-round all-play-all event at Ilkley specifically for players such as Adam, currently a FIDE Master, aiming to achieve International Master status. Adam drew all 9 of his matches, including three against current IMs, and thus finished with a score of 4.5.  He was also one of only two players to end the tournament unbeaten. Further details via this link ....
20 February 2022

Edward Jackson took part in a FIDE-rated event in Oxford specifically for young players who are aiming to achieve a FIDE title and with the tournament featuring 20 players, 17 of whom were rated over 2000.

Despite being ranked 13th, Ed finished 6th scoring 3.5/6 and had an excellent win over top seed and FIDE Master Yichen Han while he also gained over 100 FIDE rating points.  Further details can be seen via the link below ...
27 February 2022

Nathan Gittens (pictured below) scored 2.5/5 in the open section of the Doncaster Congress.

Although now based in Stevenage, Nathan is another product of the 3Cs' junior system and always visits the club on his journeys back north as well as playing for 3Cs in online competitions.  Details of the Doncaster congress can by seen via the following link

       (Photograph courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman)

5 February 2022

WFM Sarah Longson returned to over-the-board chess action (after some time away due to Covid ... and the birth of two children) by entering the Harrogate Congress.  Below is a link to a report on her weekend including analysis on each of her five games ...

30 August 2021


3Cs' Ed Jackson won the u-2000 event at the Northumbria chess congress with a score of 7.5 / 9 and having remained unbeaten throughout the competition. His performance saw Ed gain 186 FIDE rating points, having started as the 51st seed among the 60 entrants.

24 May 2021


3Cs' International Master Andy Horton was selected to represent England in the European Hybrid tournament and which acted as a qualification for the FIDE World Cup.  

The hybrid event had International teams from across Europe playing online matches but with each team being designated a venue in their own country which has been apporoved by FIDE in order to prevent any cheating.

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