UK Chess Challenge ...
Details of 3Cs' juniors in the annual Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge
27 October 2022
3Cs are very sad to learn of the death of International Master Mike Basman, the founder of the UK Chess Challenge. Mike's inititive in creating a national junior chess competition in 1996 has provided the opportunity for many young players to take their first steps into the world of competitive chess, with many going on to achieve even greater accolades in their later years, one of which being 3Cs' Stephen Gordon who won the 2005 UK Chess Challenge and since progressed to gain Grandmaster status.
3Cs send their condolences to all Mike's family and friends with grateful thanks for all the work he did to promote youth chess in the country.
16 October 2022
3Cs' Edward Jackson finished in 6th position, scoring 6/11 in the under-18s' section of the 2022 Delancey UK Chess Challenge at Blenheim Palace near Oxford. Edward's results can be seen via the following link ...
Edward had qualified for the final stage of the National event by winning the under-18s' Challengers competition the second year in row and when scoring an unbeaten 8/9.
The Delancey UK Chess Challenge website can be accessed via the link below...
3Cs' Stephen Gordon was the overall winner of the UK Chess Challenge in 2005. Click on the link below for a report of his victory in the final
29 May 2022
Sisters Alannah (under-10s) and Savannah Ashton (under-8s) both qualified for the next phase of the UK Chess Challenge, the Gigafinal, with scores of 5/6 while their younger sister Vanessa, also in the under-8s' event, scored 3/6.
Three of the top four players in the u-18s' section were from 3Cs - Edward Jackson, Kyle Pelling and Kevin Ye - while the club were represented in the under-14s' competition by Hunain Malik and Tim Ye.
The u-18s' section actually included a mini 3Cs' competition with all three of our players being paired against each other. In round 3 Edward defeated Kevin who then drew against Kyle in round 4, while Edward won against Kyle in round 5.
Edward ended with a perfect 6/6, while Kevin scored 4 points and Kyle 3.5.
In the under-14s' section Hunain Malik finished with 3.5 while Tim Ye scored 2.5.
The photo below (left) shows Edward (as white) and Kevin waiting to face each other with Kyle in the background while the other photograph is of Hunain Malik competing in the u-14s' section. All four players qualified for the next stage of the tournament.
10 July 2022
The 2022 Northern Gigafinals saw Kevin Ye finish with 4.5/7 in the under-18s' tournament while Rebecca Correa scored 3.5/7 in the under-14s' event.
Despite being seeded 21st (out of 42) in the boys' under-12s' competition, Edward Correa scored 4.5/7 and finished 6th, with his only losses being against the top two seeds while also drawing against seed three.
Alannah Ashton finish as runner-up in the girls' Under-10s' event with a score of 6/7 while her sister Savannah ended with 4/7 and fourth position in the girls' under-8s' competition.
9 October 2021
3Cs' Edward Jackson finished fourth in the under-18s' section at the 2021 UK Chess Challenge Terafinal with a score of 7.5/11, gaining 117 FIDE rating points. Further details can be seen via this link
19 September 2021
3Cs' Edward Jackson has won the under-18s' Challengers competition at the Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge. Ed was the only entrant from the North of England and finished a full point ahead of the runner-up.
Edward is shown receiving his trophy while the details of the tournament can be seen via this link ....
Sarah Longson, one of our coaches at 3Cs and who, along with her husband Alex (another product of the 3Cs' junior system), organises the annual UK Chess Challenge, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's "Today" programme with regard to the effect on chess via "The Queen's Gambit" drama series which is currently being shown on Netflix.
22 September 2019
Ethan Gardiner finished 5th in the under-10s' competition at the 2019 Terafinal and is shown receiving his prize from Sarah Longson, organiser of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge.
A booklet titled "Chess Battle Manual" has been produced for the 2019 Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge including top tips, puzzles, chess trivia, chess quotes and an A-Z of chess terms.
Some of the tips can also be found on the "Tips, Strategies" page on the 3Cs' website, accessed via the drop-down box of the "Coaching" section and which also gives access to an "A-Z of Chess"
1 May 2020
Grandmaster David Howell and Sarah Longson, the organiser of the UK Chess Challenge, have produced a video to try and prevent any cheating while playing chess online.
Chess is an honourable game and we don't want any kids to succumb to temptation and pick up a bad reputation. Cheat moves are often quite noticeable to high graded players and algorithms can kill your chess.com account if there is suspicious behaviour.
The video can be seen via this link ......
7 July 2019
Alannah Ashton (pictured rbelow) has qualified for the 2019 Terafinal by virtue of winning the girls' under-7s' Midlands Gigafinal with a 100% score of 6/6.
17 July 2018
3Cs have four players through to the Terafinal of the UK Chess Challenge.
The photograph on the left shows 3Cs' 2018 Terafinal qualifiers Alannah Ashton and Kevin Ye while on the right is pictured Ethan Gardiner and Ben Newton along with event organisers Sarah and Alex Longson.
12 May 2018
The local Megafinal took place at Saddleworth School on Saturday 12th May 2018
The photo shows Megafinal organiser Steve Rigby with some of the 3Cs' trophy winners.
Back (l-r): Edward Correa, Rebecca Correa, Adam Booth, Alicia Custy, Jacob Shanker
Front: Alannah Ashton
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