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 tournament and just 4 points behind the eventual Champions, Globus of Russia.

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Courtesy of "The Telegraph" and "Sunday Telegraph"

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SARAH and ALEX LONGSON who both played for 3Cs in the 2017 European Club Cup in Turkey.

FIDE Master Alex is one of the many players to have progressed from the 3Cs' junior ranks and having also won the 1997 British under-14s' Championship.

His wife Sarah is a Womens' FIDE Master and won the 2013 British Ladies' Championship whilst she also organises the annual Delancey UK Schools' Chess Challenge in which many of our 3Cs' youngsters compete.

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3Cs in action during the 2017 European Club Cup in Turkey.

Some of the team are shown here - facing the camera in the foreground
(left to right)
Adam Ashton
Gary Quillan
Alan Walton

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 Kulüb 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

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

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Courtesy of "The Guardian"