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2018 - 19 40th Anniversary Season

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Updated 6.55pm Tue 14 August 2018

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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 many of its members having eventually gained major honours in the game both nationally and Internationally

Stephen Gordon-S

3Cs' very own Grandmaster STEPHEN GORDON who joined the club whilst still at primary school and 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 and in 2005 triumphed against more than 1,500 other competitors to lift 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.

3Cs' 40th Anniversary

The 3Cs' 2017-18 season may have just ended but we are already looking forward with excitement to 2018-19 which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 3Cs chess club being formed. We hope to make it a season to remember and ask anyone with an interest in the club, especially any former players whether or not they are still actively involved in the game, to maybe attend the club at sometime during the anniversary season to see the legacy of what their efforts have helped to achieve, not only locally but both nationally and Internationally.

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 achivements 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 have 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.

Photgraph courtesy of Brendan O'Gorman