3Cs in Europe ...

October 2017

The 3Cs' first team played for the first time in the European Club Championships to which they qualified by finishing in the top 4 of last season's national 4NCL league.

Qualification itself was an outstanding achivement for 3Cs, whose team mostly comprised of players who have come through the club's junior ranks yet were competing against opposition to whom some of the country's top players had been enticed to represent them.

Even greater opposition faced 3Cs in the European event, staged at Antalya, Turkey, with the very strongest teams fielding full squads of Grand Masters, one of whom being former World Champion Vladamir Kramnik.

Of the 34 teams involved in the competition 3Cs began as 23rd seed yet several outstanding individual performances saw the team winning 4 of the 7 matches they played to finish 14th, thus being the top English club in the tournamewnt and just 4 points behind the eventual Champions, Globus of Russia.

Euro (2)

3Cs' players (foreground) Adam Ashton, Gary Quillan, Alan Walton and Sarah Longson

Euro (5)

Daniel Abbas (right) ... Dazzling his opponent !!!

Rd 1 SHSM Legacy Square Capital Russia L 0.5 - 5.5
Rd 2 Viking Chess Club Iceland W 4.5 - 1.5
Rd 3 Nice Alekhine France L 1.5 - 4.5
Rd 4 Hasan Pristina Kosovo W 5 - 1
Rd 5 Fjölnir Chess Club Iceland W 3.5 - 2.5
Rd 6 Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü Turkey L 2.5 - 3.5
Rd 7 Dardania Chess Club Kosovo W 3.5 - 2.5

Won 4 Drawn 0 Lost 3 Pts 8 14th / 36 21 - 21

3Cs Team

Board 1 FM Daniel Abbas
Board 2 FM Alex Longson
Board 3 FM Adam Ashton
Board 4 IM Gary Quillan
Board 5 CM Alan Walton
Board 6 WFM Sarah Longson

Euro (3)

Womens' FIDE Master SARAH LONGSON in action for 3Cs at the 2017 European Club Cup in Turkey.

Sarah's husband Alex was also one of team members, having come through the 3Cs' junior ranks and in 1997 won the British under-14s' Championship.

Sarah, herself the British Ladies' Champion in 2013, is also the organiser of the annual Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge in which many of our 3Cs' youngsters compete.

3Cs Chess Club

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

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