3Cs versus Grandmasters...

3Cs always encourage their young players to take on tough challenges and have therefore often invited the best in the World to visit the club.

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Kevin Ye v Arkell

3Cs' Kevin Ye (left) getting ready to face Grandmaster Keith Arkell in the blitz competition at the 2019 British Championships in Torquay.

Keith's experience not only saw him victorious in this particular game but he went on to win the tournament.

27 February 2020

3Cs' Grandmaster Stephen Gordon played 20 of the club's members in a simultaneous exhibition with a two hour time limit.

Seven players lasted until the end of the time period (Stephen having won the other 13 games by then) and while Jude Benhamida, Edward Jackson and Neil Jackson were by then in losing positions, Alannah Ashton, Crystal Ashton, Shaked Nussbaum and Kevin Ye all still had plenty of play left in their games.

The 3Cs' players were all able to choose their colour ... with Shaked being the only one of the twenty to choose black.

(The photos on the slideshow will change every six seconds. Click on the button at the top of the photos to pause the slideshow and then again to restart it).

30 November 2017

Nine year old 3Cs' member Ethan Gardiner was one of just 20 youngsters who were invited to the offices of Google in London for a chess masterclass given by four of the World's top Super Grandmasters, namely Vishy Anand, Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin.

Ethan played a game against former World Champion Vishy Anand who then spent a hour with Ethan giving coaching advice (pictured top). A further hour followed of interactive coaching from Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana presented via Chessbase on a big screen to all of the kids whilst at the end of the day the GMs played each other but with the kids deciding on their moves whilst the GMs asked questions for them to consider before their final decision.

Finally, Ethan met the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Pictured on the lower photograph on the right).

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Gordon Simul

0n 18 September 2007 another Grandmaster - this time 3Cs' very own Stephen Gordon - took on 20 of the club's members in a simultaneous challenge. However, unlike David Bronstein Stephen had not written a book to give away as a prize (see further down this page) although that actually proved not to be a problem as he won all 20 games !

OK, OK, in 2007 Stephen was "only" an International Master but we all knew what the future held in store for him !


In 1989 Russian Grandmaster David Bronstein was visiting Britain for a Young Masters tournament in London but also accepted an invitation to come to 3Cs where he played a simultaneous challenge against 30 club members, four of whom achieved draws and were presented with a signed copy of Mr.Bronstein's new book, "The Chess Struggle in Practice". Mr.Bronstein also gave each of the 30 players individual tuition on their game and said that a good way for young players to learn the game is for sometimes to take more risks rather than just always playing safe.

The photos show Mr.Bronstein taking on his 3Cs' opponents as well as the report of the event in the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

Current 3Cs' members might see if they can recognise at least three people who are still regulars at the club. A clue - look at the main "Who we are" page of this website !

1989 Bronstein (3)
3Cs v GM

Hungarian Grandmaster Janos Flesch came to 3Cs in 1982 for a simultaneous exhibition against 23 of our youngsters, one of whom, Ian Whitworth was victorious while James Wallace and Stuart Clarke - now a FIDE Master and member of the 3Cs' 4NCL team - achieved draws.

David Norwood

Having achieved the title of Grandmaster in 1989, Lancashire-based David Norwood also accepted the challenge of taking on several of the 3Cs' juniors in a simultaneous exhibition in January 1991.

David was also captain of the England International team and has since then written many chess books, including "Chess with Steve Davis" (yes, the 6-time snooker World Champion) which can be found in the 3Cs' library at the club.

Why Steve Davis ? Steve is also a chess enthusiast and a past President of the English Chess Federation.