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


Details from Phil Adams' weekly 3Cs' Newsletter as now on the main "Coaching" page.

The ECF have issued guidelines concerning online Fair Play which can be seen on our "Chess Rules OK" section via the drop-down box of the "Coaching" page.

Also on that same page are three articles issued by the Huddersfield Rugby League Club to their young supporters teaching them about how cheating at sport is not the way forward - good advice for youngsters in any activity.

The main "Manchester League" page has some information about forthcoming online events which may be of interest to some of our young players.

Club of the Year

Updated 12.05am Thr 4 June 2020

The 3Cs' website has so far had 13,836 hits since 1st January 2020

Thank you all for your support of the club.

Recent updates:
News (Main Page)
News (UK Chess Challenge)
News (Club Competitions)
Calendar (Future Events)
Manchester League (Main Page)
Coaching (Main Page)
Puzzle Board (Daily Puzzle 1, 2, 3, 4)
Q & A (Who Else ?)

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


An online 3Cs chess club, currently with 73 members, has been created via the "chess.com" website with the aim of providing club members an opportunity to continue playing the game during the current health crisis.

Online competitions take place each week - on Wednesdays for members with an ECF grade of under 125, while an open event is every Thursday.

For more details click on our "Club Competitions" section via the drop-down box of the "News" page.


Tonight (4 June) 7.30pm Open Online Blitz


The Manchester Chess Federation have suspended all operations until further notice while 3Cs have similarly cancelled their weekly club nights.

British Championships

South Lakes, North Wales, South Wales, Bradford

Delancey UK Chess Challenge.
Go to our "UK Chess Challenge" page for more details.


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.

Stephen Gordon

The Thursday night training sessions organised by Sarah and Alex Longson have ended. However, there are alternative daily sessions now available - for further details go to the "UK Chess Challenge" section of this website via the drop-down box of our "News" page.

Information is also on that page for the forthcoming "Summer Festival of Chess" as advertised on this poster > > > >

An interesting article by former Manchester League President Mohammad Amin about his life in chess can be seen on our main "Manchester League" page

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.

To keep in chess mode while not playing over-the-board games there is always our "Puzzle Board" page to go to.

Click on the main heading to access some chess-related brain-teasers while the drop-down box also offers a variety of daily puzzles as well as a "Play the computer" feature.

Our "Chess History" section (via the drop-down box of the "News" page) includes a feature regarding all the 16 World Champions and asks where you might place them on the board if they were used as the pieces ?

News from Phil Adams' latest 3Cs' newsletter (20 May) are on our main "Coaching" page while lots of good advice can be obtained by reading the comments of many leading players on our "Quotation" pages.

A new series of chess instruction has also opened on YouTube with the first involving 3Cs' International Master Andy Horton. To access the video go to our "Games" section via the drop-down box of the "Coaching" page.

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