3Cs Chess Club

St.Edward's RC Parish Hall

Spring Lane


Oldham,  OL4 5AJ


Thursdays 7pm - 9pm


Closed until further notice


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 stil at primary school and has since progressed to become one of the World's elite group of players


The photos 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 - the photo being from the chess documentary "Closing Gambit" which recalled the 1978 World Championship match between Korchnoi and Anatoli Karpov.


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  1.20am          Tue 20 April 2021


The 3Cs' website has now attracted 8,260 hits since 1st January 2021


Thank you all for your support of the club


Recent updates:

Who We Are  (ECF Grades)

News  (World Championship)

Fixtures  (Main Page)

Manchester League  (Main Page)

4NCL  (2021-22)

4NCL  (Junior 4NCL)

Coaching  (Main Page)

Coaching  (Chess Rules OK)

Puzzle Board  (Main Page)

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



Website Hits:   2018  -  16,340

                         2019  -  29,040

                         2020  -  29,155

Website sponsored by ...

Miners Arts and Music Community Centre, Moston, Manchester.

Details via "Sponsors" section of drop-down box on "Welcome" page

Welcome to 3Cs' Chess Club ...

Founded 1978

19 Sep 2019 (4)

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).

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 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.

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           * * *     LIST OF CANCELLED EVENTS      * * *


The Manchester League have suspended all their over-the-board chess while 3Cs have also cancelled their weekly  club nights until further notice.


Congresses cancelled ....  Durham

                                                 Hull Rapidplay

                                                 South Lakes

                                                 British Championships

                      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

The enforced break due to the Covid pandemic has given 3Cs an opportunity to work on some of the facilities at the club's headquarters.   As well as new carpet having been laid in the match room and a full repainting of the building, a retractable screen has been installed for use with a projector when coaching lessons are taking place.


Furthermore, another batch of books have been donated to the club by chess author Aiden Woodger including several bound volumes of the "British Chess Magazine" while to accommodate these some further shelves have been installed.  See our main "News" page for a photo of Aiden presenting the books to Steve Rigby.


Click on any of the photos below to see larger images.



Over 8,000 hits have now been registered on the 3Cs' website since the beginning of the year and once more we wish to extend our thanks to all of you for continuing to show your interest in the club.  Your ongoing support certainly gives a tremendous boost to everyone at the club knowing that our efforts are worthwhile.


The FIDE World Candidates tournament - to decide who will face Magnus Carlsen for the World title - has restarted. Details can be seen in our "World Championship" section (via the drop-down box of our "News" page).


The first Junior 4NCL over-the-board event of the 2021-22 season is hoped to take over the weekend of 25-26 September at Woodland Grange, Leamington Spa.  If so then 3Cs might consider entering a team if enough interest is shown by potential players.  If any 3Cs' juniors are interested then please contact our team manger Crystal to let her know.


Well-known and highly respected arbiters Lara Barnes and Alex McFarlane have achieved their own checkmate by virtue of a civil ceremony on 12 April. See further details in our "Chess Rules OK" section (via the drop-down box of our main "Coaching" page).


A hat-trick of wins for 3Cs in the latest matches of the Manchester Online League !   3Cs 1 maintained their 100% record in Division 1 with a 7-1 success over Chorlton 1 while our second team stay unbeaten at the top of Division 2 after a 6-2 win against Northenden 1 and 3Cs 4 inflicted the first defeat of the season on Division 4 leaders Ashton 2 by 5.5 - 2.5 thus moving to just one point behind them in the table.  The next matches for all four of our teams in the league are on Wednesday 28 April.


The English Chess Federation have announced details for this year's British Online Championships.  A link to the information as well as an entry form can be seen in the "British Championships" section (via the drop-down box of our main "News" page).


Details from Phil Adams' weekly 3Cs' Newsletter (13 April) are now on our main "Coaching" page and where there are now direct links to some of the websites recommended by Phil in his newsletters.  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]"


A new "Videos" section is now on the 3Cs' website (via the drop-down box of the main "Chess Links" page). If any members wish to suggest a video to show then they should forward the details onto 3Cs' head coach Phil Adams for consideration of inclusion on the website.