3Cs Chess Club

St.Edward's RC Parish Hall

Spring Lane


Oldham,  OL4 5AJ


Thursdays 7pm - 9pm


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' very own Grandmaster STEPHEN GORDON who joined the club while still at primary school and has since progressed to become one of the World's elite group of players.


The photographs above show Stephen in action (right) during the 2019 British Championships and also in conversation with Victor Korchnoi, one of the greatest players of all time.


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.

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.

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Updated   2.10am       Thr 21 October 2021


The 3Cs' website has now attracted 21,364 hits since 1st January 2021


Thank you all for your support of the club


Recent updates:

Who We Are  (ECF Members)

News  (British Championships)

News  (Around the World)

Fixtures  (Main Page)

Fixtures  (Teams 21-22)

Manchester League (Main Page)

Manchester League (MCF Register)

4NCL  (Junior 4NCL)

Coaching  (Main Page)

Coaching  (Term Time)

Puzzle Board  (Daily Puzzle 1, 2, 3, 4)

Q&A  (Who Else)



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Founded 1978

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Just a typical 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 (extreme right).

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                      3Cs' ONLINE CHESS CLUBS


3Cs have online clubs with both "chess.com" and "lichess.org", and which can be accessed via the following links ...

3Cs - chess.com 3Cs - lichess.org

Although restrictions regarding the health situation have now eased 3Cs still ask anyone attending the club to continue trying to prevent any further problems.  In that respect, the following still applies ...


Numbers will currently be restricted to 2 training groups with a maximum of 15 participants each.

With the space available to us it will be possible to enforce social distancing

Hand sanitisers will be available for use on entry, every 60 minutes, and on leaving

Face masks will be worn in accordance with Government guidelines

All desks, equipment etc will be wiped down before and at the end of each session

Presently there is no league chess; if it starts we will let you know of any other arrangements required



3Cs have opened their 2021-22 season in the Manchester League with a 3-2 away win by their second team against Swinton & Worsley 1 in Division 2.


If anyone is confused as to how their new ECF 4-digit rating compares to that of the previous 3-digit system then go to our "ECF Ratings" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Who We Are" page) where there is a link to a conversion table.


Details from Phil Adams's most recent 3Cs' Newsletter (12 October) can now be seen on our main "Coaching" page. The full content of the fortnightly newsletters (available only to 3Cs' members) include several tactical problems.  If any current or former 3Cs' members do not already receive Phil's full newsletter but would wish to do so then please e-mail Phil at "[email protected]"


The "Chess in Schools and Communities" organisation are holding a one-day junior congress at Ashton on Sunday 24 October.  Any young players wishing to take part can find further details  - including an entry form - in our "Future Events" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Fixtures" page).

        3Cs Charmanders  -  Junior 4NCL Division 2 Champions


The 3Cs' Junior 4NCL team - the 3Cs Charmanders - have won the Second Division title with a 100% record from their five matches.  Further details can be found in our "Junior 4NCL" section (via the drop-down box of the main "4NCL" page).


Pictured (l to r) are the members of the 3Cs' team

Edward Correa, Hunain Malik, Rebecca Correa, Alannah Ashton

3Cs 1 have retained the Reyner Shield - the Manchester League's premier knockout trophy - with a 5-2 victory in the final against Chorlton 1.


This is the 17th occasion that 3Cs have won the event and puts them just one behind Bolton's record of 18.  However, whereas 3Cs only entered the League in 1981, Bolton have been competing since its inception in 1892.  


Pictured with the Reyner Shield are three of 3Cs' winning team - Helal Ahmed, Dale James and Phil Adams. The other four team members were Robert McLean, Edward Jackson, Joao Rita and Kevin Ye.

The fixtures for the 2021-22 Manchester League have now been published. The full list of matches for the various 3Cs' teams can be seen on our main "Fixtures" page while those for each individual team are on our "Teams 21-22" section (via the drop-down box of the main "Fixtures" page).

2021 Reyner win Junior 4NCL



 Wednesday 27 October 2021 (7.30pm)




                3Cs 1     v     URMSTON 1