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Paul Keech

A news article (left) from the Oldham Evening Chronicle in 1986 reporting on the success of 17 year old Paul Keech who had won one of the top prizes at the annual Bolton rapidplay event.

Paul is still a regular player for 3Cs and is now also a qualifed coach for the "Chess in Schools and Communities" organisation.


A look back to the late 1980s and 3Cs' chief coach Phil Adams (the one with the beard ... although a different shade these days), facing Phil Whitworth, another product of the club's youth system and who won the 1988 British under-16s' title as well as gaining International honours for England.

Phil Adams appears to be wondering why he again taught another youngster to play so well - and will using "The Stodge" be any good against this one ?

In 1984 Dale James became the first 3Cs' player to win a British title with victory in the under-14s' event. However, he had shown his ability two years earlier when aged just 12 he won the prestigious Lloyds Bank u-14 tournament in London.

Dale is pictured (far right) in a report of that event from the Manchester Evening News while another article about his success can be seen on the "3Cs v GMs" page of this website.


In 2002 the National Junior Squad Championships were held at North Chadderton School, Oldham and in which 30 of the 160 players attending were from the local area - more than any other town in the country.

3Cs dominated the main under-21s event with Robert Taylor winning the Championship while Stephen Gordon and Paul Plant finished equal second.

The report shown below was in the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

The 3Cs' players shown are Jason Wright (top left, making his move), Stephen Gordon and Robert Taylor (top right), Robyn Smith (middle right and third from right on the bottom centre picture), Katie Martin (bottom right); Stephen Gordon (middle left and bottom left).

2002 Nat squad (3)

3Cs were honoured in November 2010 with a visit to one of their club nights by the then President of the English Chess Federation, although most people knew him better from his regular appearances as a panelist on the television quiz show "Eggheads", namely CJ de Mooi.

The club had taken up CJ's offer of visting as many clubs as he could while in office and had therefore invited him to their presentation evening. CJ also took the time to play a few games against some of the 3Cs' junior players as well as actually providing some additional prizes of his own which he presented to several of the 3Cs' youngsters.

The photographs (below) show part of the 100+ attendance at the 3Cs' club as well as CJ in chess-playing action and presenting some of the trophies won by the club that year. The two trophies shown are for the Manchester League's A Division and B Division Championships which the 3Cs' first and second teams had won in 2009-10.

The newspaper article (below) from the Oldham Evening Chronicle in 1986 reports on the regular successes for the Oldham junior chess town-teams at various age-groups.

Chess Oldham Chronicle 1986
2006 Club of Year

3Cs take centre stage !

In 2012 three of our young players - brothers Jake, Daniel and Ben Manton - were asked to take part in a theatre performance which recreated the historic 1972 chess World championship encounter between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.

2012 On stage

A report (below) in the Oldham Evening Chronicle on 7 July 2000 highlighting the success of the 3Cs' chess club. The players shown include Craig Bowyer, Thomas Dalton, Karen Bradley, Victoria Crompton and Sarah Robinson


3Cs v Berlin

An under-21s' German team from Berlin visited the 3Cs' club in 2010 as part of their tour to the North-West of England.

Despite having previously defeated a Greater Manchester side, the visitors found the 3Cs' youngsters - all of whom were under 16 - to be a much stronger proposition and with the Oldham team taking the victory.

A report is shown from the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

2010 Berlin