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Reports of 3Cs' players in competition, both home and abroad.

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15 May 2020

3Cs' Andy Horton finished as runner-up in the English online blitz championships, losing to Marcus Harvey in the final but only after an excellent semi-final victory against Grandmaster Gawain Jones.

Sarah Longson also qualifed for the finals of the women's event but lost in the round of the last 16.

7 March 2020
3Cs' Daniel Abbas captained Oxford University against Cambridge in the 138th annual Varsity chess match at the RAC club, Pall Mall, London.

Another former 3Cs' junior player Joris Gerlagh was also on the Oxford team although it was Cambridge who were the favourites as they outgraded their opponents on all 8 boards and eventually won the game 5.5 - 2.5 thus maintaining their overall lead with 60 wins to Oxford's 56 and with 22 games having been drawn.

15 March 2020

Jade Drummond took part in the Intermediate section (under 155) at the Blackpool congress scoring 2.5 out of 5 while in the Standard section (under 115) Hunain Malik finished on 3.5 and Rebecca Correa on 2.5

16 February 2020

Rebecca Correa and Ivan Elisseev-Siuda competed in the minor section of the Leyland rapidplay with Rebecca scoring three points and Ivan two but only after facing each other in an all-3Cs' clash during the competition.

22 January 2020

3Cs' Grandmaster Stephen Gordon at the Gibraltar Masters when playing the top seed and world number 8 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ... also shown live on the internet.

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30 January 2020
Grandmaster Stephen Gordon along with Mitchell Burke represented 3Cs at the annual Gibraltar Chess Festival with both playing in the Masters event which included most of the world's top players. The strength of the tournament is actually reflected in the fact that although Stephen is currently ranked 11 in England he was seeded in 70th position out of the 250 entrants.

As well as the Masters tournament there are various other levels of competition with Mitchell having also played in one of the Challengers events where he scored 2.5 / 5 and gained 10.2 FIDE rating points.

Stephen ended on 5.5/10 in the Masters, a performance that has put him back in England's top 10, while Mitchell scored 3.5 and won another 9.2 FIDE points.

2 February 2020
At the Frodsham congress Crystal Ashton scored 1.5/5 in the open section while Alannah Ashton ened on 3/5 in the u-120 competition.
Daniel Abbas took part in the Kedlington open where he finished as runner-up with a score of 4 out of 5.

26 January 2020
Sixteen 3Cs' players took part in the Stockport Rapidplay with Adam Ashton finishing third in the open competition while Alannah Ashton and Neil Jackson were joint runners-up in the minor section.

22 December 2019

Stephen Gordon played in the Open section at the Sitges Chess Festival near Barcelona in Spain and where over 50 Grandmasters were taking part from a total of 311 entrants.

Stephen's final match of the event saw him draw against 7th seed Romain Edouard of France who was over 160 FIDE points above him and therefore finished on 6.5/10 as well as gaining 10 FIDE rating points which put his FIDE rating back over 2500.

30 December 2019

Ethan Gardiner, although still an u-11s' player, competed in the u-12s' section of the London Junior Championships which features several of the country's top young players.

Against a very powerful field Ethan performed excellently to win 5 and draw 2 of his games, finishing with 6/9 and in equal 9th position (out of 81 entrants), gaining 11 FIDE points and was just 2 points behind the eventual winner.

A photo of two apes on the rock of Gibraltar and one of 3Cs' Stephen Gordon and Mitchell Burke while at the 2020 Gibraltar Chess Festival.

You decide which is which !

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15 December 2019

Edward Jackson scored 2.5 / 5 and finished equal 7th in the u-1900 section of the Leyland FIDE event and despite being the lowest ranked player of the 17 entrants.

6 December 2019
The London Chess Classic also took place with Grandmaster Stephen Gordon in the FIDE Open event and in which he finished in =14th position (out of 166) with a score of 6/9 while Crystal Ashton and Ethan Gardiner played in the under-2050 competition, both scoring 2/5 and Alannah Ashton ended on 1.5 in the under-1600 tournament.

7 December 2019
After his success in the British Rapidplay last month Stephen Gordon lifted another quickplay title by winning the London Chess Classic Rapidplay event with an unbeaten score of 6/7

2 December 2019
International Master Andy Horton came joint second in the qualifying event of the British Knockout competition and thus went through to the main competition in which 8 players took part, including many of England's top Grandmasters, namely Michael Adams, Gawain Jones, Luke McShane, David Howell and Nick Pert. The quarter-finals consisted of opponents facing each other in two games on opposite colours but although Andy drew with David Howell as white he lost as black as was eliminated.

1 December 2019
3Cs' main coach Phil Adams showed that he can practice what he preaches by scoring 4/6 in the Bolton Rapidplay and finishing just half a point behind the three joint winners, gaining him the u-180 grading prize. In the under-125 event Ben Newton finished on 3.5 / 6.

24 November 2019
Grandmaster Stephen Gordon added another British Championship to the 3Cs' Honours Board by finishing joint first at the 2019 British Rapidplay event. Stephen scored 8.5/11 to tie for first place with IM David Eggleston while 3Cs' other entrant in the main tournament, Mitchell Burke, claimed the u-190 grading prize by scoring 6 points.

In round 2 Mitchell was paired with Bernard Hare of Leeds - which produced the "gruesome" combination of "Burke and Hare" !!!

In the Minor section Rebecca Correa ended on 5 points while both Lucas Chan and Ethan Gardiner achieved junior norms by scoring 3 and 3.5 points respectively in the u-11s' England qualifying event.

30 November 2019
Daniel Abbas recently travelled to China to play for Oxford University in the "Prestigious University Chess Invitational" tournament. Universities from the UK, Canada, USA, Japan and China featured in the event celebrating the centenary of Nankai University in Tianjin. Teams consisted of 3 players, including Grandmasters, with Daniel finishing the event as Oxford's leading scorer in gaining 5 points from 11 games.

Alan in Laos

13 November 2019
Pictured left is Alan Burke awaiting his opponent for another 3Cs' away game, this time in Cambodia.

However note that the home team decided to play their own version of the game with a 10x10 board !

28 November 2019
Edward Jackson made his England debut in Estonia at the European Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships. Details of Edward's performance can be seen on our main "News" page.

23 November 2019
Adam Ashton finished joint 3rd in the Malta Open (out of 225 entrants) with a score of 7/9. Graham Burton ended on 5 points with Alan Walton on 4.5

20 October 2019
Rebecca Correa finished joint runner-up in the English Girls' under-14s' Championship with a score of 4.5 / 6 and with her only defeat being to the top seed and eventual winner .

A simultaneous exhibition also took place in which Rebecca gained a draw against Women's FIDE Master Sarah Longson.

1 September 2019
Crystal Ashton and Sarah Longson both finished on 3/5 and in equal 6th position in the English Women's Championship. Sarah's last round game against Woman Grandmaster (and eventual competition winner) Toma Katarzyna lasted over 6 hours, ending with a win for Toma on move 154.

17 November 2018
Four 3Cs' players competed in the Standard section of the Preston Congress with Ben Newton and Alannah Ashton ending on 3 points while sisters Becky and Claire Kerton both scored 2/5.

6 October 2019
3Cs' International Master Andy Horton was joint winner of the Northumberland Open and remained unbeaten in scoring 4/5.

17 August 2019

It was good to see a return to competitive chess of Jade Drummond (formerly Stirrup) at the Manchester congress. Jade is another product of the 3Cs' junior system and can be seen in the photos on the "3Cs in Europe" page of the club's 2009 junior tour to Spain .

1 September 2019
Aisha Benhamida was joint winner of the Minor competition (u-110) at the Darnall & Handsworth (Sheffield) Rapidplay with an unbeaten 5/6 while sister Jude (Minor section) and brother Mohammed (Intermediate) both scored 3/6.

28 September 2019
Crystal Ashton (Open), Alannah Ashton (Minor) and Lucas Chan (Minor) played in the Crewe Congress with Crystal scoring 3, Alannah 3.5 and Lucas 2.5.

23 August 2019
3Cs' head coach Phil Adams has been reigning in Spain during the past couple of weeks - firstly he won the veterans' prize at the Pontevedra International Open and has followed that with an equal 4th place finish at a similar event at Mondariz despite missing the first three rounds due to a cold.

The photos show him after the two events with his .. err, trophies ! (Click on the photos to enlarge).

11 August 2019
Ethan Gardiner played in the Major section of the Midlands Championships in Telford and finished with 2.5 / 5 as well as gaining 15 FIDE points.

15 September 2019
Adam Ashton was joint winner in the open section of the Bradford congress, finishing unbeaten with 4/5 while Mitchell Burke was also in the open section, scoring 2.5.

1 July 2019

Several 3Cs' players took part in the Leyland rapidplay. Crystal Ashton was in the Major section, finishing with 2.5 / 6, while Edward Jackson scored 4/6 playing in the Intermediate section. Alannah Ashton and Neil Jackson were both in the Minor competition, scoring 3 and 3.5 respectively.

1 September 2019
Stephen Gordon, Andy Horton and Graham Burton played in the Sants International Open near Barcelona, Spain. Stephen ended on 6.5 / 10, Andy scored 5.5, while Graham finished on 4.

13 July 2019

Grandmaster Stephen Gordon played in the annual international open event at Benasque in northern Spain where he finished =9th out of 430 players, 39 of whom had a FIDE rating over 2400.

21 July 2019

FM Adam Ashton finished joint runner-up and unbeaten on 4 out of 5 in the 4NCL congress at Telford, including a win over International Master James Adair and draws against Grandmasters Keith Arkell and Mark Hebdon.

Alan Walton also played in the event, scoring 2 out of 5.


22 June 2019

Kevin Ye finished in third place on 4 points out of 5 at the Salford International rapidplay having drawn with FIDE Master and top seed Paul Macklin in the final round. The other 3Cs' players scored as follows: Mischa Tebelev (pictured left) 3, Ben Newton 3, Tim Ye 1.

28 June 2019

Adam Ashton was joint winner of the North Wales Open with a score of 4 out 5 and being unbeaten throughout the competition.

30 June 2019

Phil Adams and Andy Horton played in a FIDE-rated International competition in Sanxenxo, a pleasant holiday resort on the coast of Galicia in North-West Spain with Andy scoring 6.5 out of 9, just one point behind the eventual winner, while Phil finished on 4.5.

16 April 2019

Daniel Abbas, Ahmed Abbas and Alan Walton competed at the Reykjavik Open in Iceland.

The 3Cs' players scored as follows (out of 9) :
Daniel - 5, Alan - 4, Ahmed - 3.

21 April 2019
3Cs' Joao Rita with three wins and a draw was runner-up, scoring 3.5 / 5 and gaining 21 FIDE points, in the open section of the 2019 Bolton Easter Congress and with his only defeat being in round 1 to the eventual tournament winner, IM Joseph McPhillips

26 May 2019

3Cs' Mitchell Burke had a very long way to travel to play in the open section of the Huddersfield Congress ... the venue was 100 yards from his house. He finished the competition on 3/6 achieving an average ECF grading of 189.

7 April 2019

3Cs' Grandmaster Stephen Gordon won the Chester Chess Club's rapidplay tournament which was held as part of the club's centenary celebrations.

Chester Chess Club - Club's Centenary Celebrations. Ideal that a 3Cs player won it, especially as "Three Cs" is an anagram of "Chester" !

22 April 2019

Nathan Gittens played in the FIDE u-2050 event at the 4NCL Easter congress at Stevenage finishing in 8th position (out of 45) with a score of 4 out of 7.

20 April 2019

It seems that, just like buses, winning chess events comes in twos .... Having been successful in the Chester rapidplay event earlier in April, GM Stephen Gordon finished as joint winner of the Bolton "Busy Persons" event, comprising of eight games of 10 minutes per player. Stephen finished level with Joe McPhillips on 7/8.

7 February 2019

3Cs' Alan Burke playing another away game for the club - versus Punta Arenas in Chile ... a long way to travel if your opponent doesn't turn up !

2 March 2019

3Cs' Daniel Abbas helped Oxford defeat Cambridge in the 2019 varsity chess match played at the RAC Club, Pall Mall, London. With scores level at 3.5-3.5, Daniel won the deciding game to clinch Oxford's win.

The photo shows Daniel (facing camera) in action and being watched by eager spectators during the final moments of the crucial game.

(Photograph by courtesy of John Saunders)


24 February 2019

Congratulations to 3Cs' Edward Jackson for winning the Leyland rapidplay minor section with a score of 5.5 / 6, being unbeaten throughout the competition. Indeed it was a good event for the Jackson family as Edward's dad Neil ended in 5th position out of 25 players with a score of 4/5.


2 December 2018

Adam Ashton finished unbeaten and as joint winner of the Preston congress with a score of 4/5 while Crystal Ashton scored 2.5 and her friend from China, Ran Song, ended on 3/5.

The congress also saw the welcome appearance of sisters Becky and Claire Kerton, both of whom came through the 3Cs' junior system but have been away at university for a while.

25 November 2018

3Cs were well represented at the British Rapidplay Championships with Mitchell Burke finishing on 5.5/11 in the main Open event while Kevin in the Major section and Everson Correa in the Minor section also achieved that same score.

In a very strong under-11s' event, Ethan Gardiner came third with 4/5 while Lucas Chan and Rebecca Correa scored 2 and 1.5 points respectively

16 December 2018

Daniel Abbas played in the 9 round FIDE Open event at the London Chess Classic scoring 4.5 / 9.

Andy Horton was also at the London Classic taking part in the Weekend Open event and finishing on 3.5 / 5.

25 November 2018

3Cs' Nathan Gittens put in an excellent performance to finish 4th, scoring 3.5 out of 5, in the u-2200 section of the Hampstead congress in London, gaining 26 FIDE ranking points in the process.

Crystal Ashton also entered the event along with her friend from China, Ran Song, who is visiting the UK with her family and who has also played for 3Cs during her visit (see "Manchester League" page). Having often faced each other in events in China the two players also had to come face-to-face in the last round of the Hampstead event. The game was drawn with Crystal ending on 2.5 points and Ran unbeaten from one win and four draws on 3.

18 November 2018

There was a very welcomed surprise entrant among those at the Bolton Rapiplay event with Jade Drummond (formerly Stirrup) competing in the Major section. Jade began as a junior with 3Cs and played for many years before other aspects of her life (having 3 children) began to take up much of her time. However, in her first competition for over 5 years Jade began with a win in her first game and ended with a creditable 2/6.

28 October 2018

Mischa Tebelev played in the Open section of the Scarborough congress - two sections above for which he could qualify - yet despite being seeded 44th out of 48 he achieved a creditable 2/5 and gained 12 FIDE points.

21 September 2018

3Cs' Grandmaster Stephen Gordon finished joint winner of the inaugural event to celebrate the life of Peter Poobalasingham who died at such a young age last year having previously twice won the UK Chess Challenge (2007 & 2008), a tournament which Stephen himself also won in 2005.

17 June 2018

Heywood Congress - Ethan Gardiner and Ben Newton
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19 August 2018

Adam Ashton finished runner-up in the Manchester congress open competition with 4/5, just 1/2 point behind the winner. Mischa Tebelev ended with a creditable 2/5 having started as the 34th seed out of 37.

In the major tournament, Crystal Ashton scored 3.5 / 5 and was placed =7th out of a total of 70 players.

19 August 2018

Kevin Ye went to Gibraltar to take part in the Junior Chess Festival, playing in the under-16s' event in which he finished in =12th postion out of 49 with a score of 3.5 / 6. Kevin was also the winner of the Best game prize for the entire under-16s' tournament while he also played in a blitz event, ending on 4/6 and in =14th position out of 88 entrants.

30 June 2018

Andy Horton has been playing in the Pula open event in Crotia where he finished with a score of 6.5 / 9 just 1/2 point behind the eventual winner - and included a draw and a win against Grandmasters.

A report in the Guardian of the young English players in the event, including Andy, can be seen via this link:

25 July 2018

Stephen Gordon played part in the Paleochora tournament in Crete where in the nine round event he finished joint second with 7 points and just 1/2 point behind the eventual winner.

9 April 2018

Kevin and Tim Ye were among the Greater Manchester junior squad who competed at the Irish Junior Championships in Shannon.

Kevin finished equal 3rd in the under-16s' event with a score of 4/6 while Tim ended with a creditable 3/6 in the under-10s' event and finished as equal 15th out of 36 players.

Kevin and Tim are pictured below.

20 July 2018

Ahmed and Daniel Abbas competed in the Vaujany Chess Festival in France.

Daniel was in the "Prinicpal" FIDE open tournament, ending with 5 points out of 9 while Ahmed was in the "Accession" FIDE u-1900 competition scoring 3.5.

7 April 2018
Alan Burke playing an away game for the club while on his recent visit to the frozen southern continent.
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