Welcome to 3Cs' Chess Club ...

Founded 1978

Website sponsored by ...
Official Staunton Chess Company & Chess4Schools
Details via "Sponsors" section of drop-down box on "Welcome" page

Club of the Year

Breaking News 1 ...

Defending champion Ju Wenjun of China has retained her women's World Championship by defeating Russia's Aleksandra Goryichkina in a tie-break.

More details on our "World Championship" section via the drop-down box of the "News" page.

Updated 1.00pm Sat 25 January 2020

The 3Cs' website has so far had 2,475 hits since 1st January 2020

Thank you all for your support of the club.

Recent updates:
News (3Cs on Tour)
News (World Championships)
Calendar (3Cs 2020)
Manchester League (Main Page)
Manchester League (2019-20)
4NCL (Junior 4NCL)
Coaching (Main Page)
Coaching (Games)
Puzzle Board (Daily Puzzle 1, 2, 3, 4)

Website Hits: 2018 - 16,340
2019 - 29,040


The annual Gibraltar Chess Festival is currently being played with Stephen Gordon and Mitchell Burke representing 3Cs.

The tournament lasts a fortnight with both players being involved each afternoon in the main Masters event while during the first week Mitchell also took part in the morning Challengers competition.

Details of the event - and photos of Stephen in action - can be seen on our "3Cs on Tour" section via the drop-down box of the "News" page.

3Cs' Next Matches:

Monday 6th team away to Bolton 6 ("F" Division)
Thursday 5th team at home to Bolton 5 ("E" Division)

3Cs have produced their own calendar for 2020 which will be avilable for purchase on club and match nights in exchange for a donation to the club.

A specimen copy of the calendar can be seen on the "3Cs 2020" section of this website, via the drop-down box of the "Calendar" page.

Breaking News 3 ...

3Cs 2 lost 5-2 at home to Stockport 1 in the Manchester League's "A" Division although there was an excellent win for our 4th team who gained a 3-2 victory against Eccles 1 in "D" Division.

Go to the "2019-20" section via the drop-down box of our "Manchester League" page for further information and photos.

Stephen Gordon


On the drop-down box of the main "Coaching" page is now a section titled "Games" where we hope to include interesting encounters by any of our players.


Coaching sessions for the Oldham schools' under-9s' town-team are to be held at the 3Cs' headquarters and consucted by Dale James.

For further information go the main "Coaching" page of this website.

Go to the "Puzzle Board" page and click onto a "Daily Puzzle" via the drop-down box to access new chess puzzles every day.

Other puzzles are also on the main "Puzzle Board" page while you can play your own game versus the computer by clicking on "Play Computer" via the same drop-down box as above.


Welcome to the 3Cs' website.

To access any of the pages just click on the appropriate heading at the top of the page or alternatively place your cursor over the heading and a drop box may also appear giving further options.

3Cs - or to use its official title, "The Children's 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 in the game at both national and international level.

3Cs' very own Grandmaster STEPHEN GORDON, shown in action at the 2019 British Championships, having joined the club while still at primary school and who has since become one of the World's elite group of players.

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 and in 2005 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 photo showing some members in action at a typical kind of 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 (exterme right).

19 Sep 2019 (4)

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.

3Cs Chess Club
St.Edward's RC Parish Hall
Spring Lane
Oldham, OL4 5AJ
Thursdays 7pm - 9pm