Manchester Chess Federation

The Manchester Chess Federation provides the main league and knockout trophy competitions in our region and includes teams from throughout Greater Manchester. The organisation was founded in 1890 and although 3Cs have had quite some success since they joined in 1980, it is the ability to introduce many of their youngsters to competitive chess by playing them in the lower divisions, yet against some experienced opposition, which gives the club even greater satisfaction from their involvement with the association.
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12 October 2019

The Manchester County under-160 team returned from their away game at Derbyshire with a 12.5 - 3.5 win although the home side defaulted six boards. 3Cs' Edward Jackson won his game although Karl Moorcroft was one of the Manchester players whose opponent did not appear.

3 October 2019

Having opened their season with a win in the "derby" match against 3Cs 7, our 6th team maintained their 100% record in the Rapidplay Division with a 6-2 success over Bolton 6.

3Cs 4 lost 2-3 to Bolton 4 in D Division. However the result has been reversed to a 3Cs' win after it was discovered Bolton played someone out of board order.

The league rules only allow someone to play on a lower board if they are within 20 grading points of their fellow team member. The Bolton board 3 was graded 123 with the two above him being 98 and 101

26 September 2019

3Cs 1 began their defence of the Reyner Shield with a 4.5 - 2.5 away win at Bolton 2 and will now face Blue Club 1 away in the semi-final.

9 October 2019

3Cs 4 gained another excellent victory in D Division with a 3-2 home success against Worsley 2. The 3Cs' points came from wins by Jude Aisha Benhamida, Ben Newton and Edward Jackson who defeated an opponent almost 20 points more than himself on board 1.

Unfortunately 3Cs 7 lost their Rapidplay Division match 3.5 - 4.5 at home to Worsley 3.

6 September 2019

The full list of fixtures for the 2019-20 Manchester League season are now on the League's website. Click on the link below to access the website and then on "Future Fixtures" to see the list.

30 September 2019

Heywood 4 have withdrawn from D Division and therefore the club's two teams below them (5 and 6) will now be renamed 4 and 5.

30 May 2019

The 3Cs' 5th team, who were already guaranteed the runners-up spot in Division E, ended the club's 40th anniversary season with a 3.5 - 1.5 home win against Worsley 2.

25 August 2019

3Cs will have six teams operating in the 2019-20 Manchester League. Our 1st and 2nd teams will be in the top "A" division; 3Cs 3 will play in "B" Division, with 3Cs 4 in "D" Division.

Our 5th team will take part in the grade-restricted (u-120) "E" Division while we will have two teams in the Rapidplay Division ("F" Division) for players graded under 100.

7 May 2019

The divisional MCF Champions for the 2018-19 season are as follows:

A Division 3Cs 1
B Division Great Lever
C Division Bolton 3
D Division Heywood 4
E Division Northenden 2

6 July 2019

3Cs have won the inaugural Manchester League rapidplay division in which they finished unbeaten.

18 July 2019

The rate of play has been changed for MCF fixtures, with quickplay finishes being replaced by an incremental time system.

Each player will now start with 1 hour, 20 minutes on their clock and will have 15 seconds added after each move.

2 May 2019

In the MCF rapidplay division 3Cs won 4-2 at home to Worsley therefore maintaining their 100% record.

2 May 2019

3Cs 5 gained a 3.5 - 1.5 win at home to Ashton 2 in E Division therefore guaranteeing them the runners-up spot with still one game to play. Their only defeat this season was a 3-2 away loss to eventual champions Northenden 2.

22 May 2019

3Cs 1 defeated Blue Club 1 by 5.5 - 1.5 to retain the Reyner Shield - the Manchester League's premier knockout trophy - therefore also completing the League's "double" for a record fourteenth occasion in the past nineteen years.

In the final 3Cs won four and drew three of the 7-board contest, therefore claiming the trophy without having lost any individual games throughout the entire competition.

10 April 2019

While the 3Cs' first team have won the "A" Division Championship, our second team have unfortunately been relegated and will play next season in the League's second division.

23 April 2019

3Cs won their opening fixture of the newly-created Manchester League's rapidplay division with ba 5-3 away victory at Worsley.

Teams are of 4 players - 3 of which must be juniors - with matches consisting of two games for each player, one with the white pieces and the other with black.

The remaining fixtures for the 3Cs' team can be found on the "Teams 18-19" drop-down page of the "Calendar" section on this website.

21 March 2019


By virtue of the 3Cs' second team preventing Heywood 1 from achieving a 7-0 win in their recent encounter, 3Cs 1 are now assured of once again winning the Manchester League's "A" Division Championship - the 17th time the club has won the title in the past 19 years. 3Cs 2 put up a fine display in going down 5-2 especially as the team included two of our 6th team players.

3Cs 1 have now become the first team in the 117 year history of the Manchester League to win the Division A Championship outright for 7 consecutive seasons - the only other team to win it in 7 successive years were Bolton (1971-77) although two of those were shared.

30 April 2019

The 3Cs' 3rd team won their last match of the season with a 5-2 sucess away to Bury 1 and which guarantees them finishing third in B Division, just one point behind the runners-up.

26 March 2019

The 3Cs' first team, having already won the Manchester League championship, lost their first game of the season with a 4-3 defeat away to Chorlton although the team's performance was encouraging for the club's future as it included just two regular first team players.

24 April 2019

3Cs4 ended their season with a home win against Bolton 4 while our 3rd team also gained a victory against Denton but due to the visitors defaulting the match.

20 December 2018

Match of the season ... 3Cs 1 v 3Cs 2 in the Manchester League's A Division

The 3Cs' first team won the encounter 6.5 - 0.5 with Karl Moorcroft (left of the centre photo) gaining the draw for 3Cs 2.

The strength of the club can be judged by the fact that the average grade of the competing players on the night was 178 even though, due to several of the club's higher graded players being unvailable for the match, some of the players could still be eligible to play for the 3Cs' fourth team in the Manchester League.

Click on the individual photographs for a larger image.

12 December 2018

Our 6th team travelled away to play Heywood 6 in the opening round of the Milner Trophy and included three players making their debuts for 3Cs. Despite this the team gained a draw although Heywood progress into the next round due to the board count rule. Father and son, Shahed and Zayeem Alam both achieved excellent wins in their games while Mo Rohman, playing on top board, achieved an impressive draw against a much higher graded and experienced opponent.

The photo shows 8 year old Zayeem in action and on his way to victory

28 November 2018

The 3Cs' second team gained a 4.5 - 2.5 home win against Altrincham in the top division of the Manchester League while 3Cs' 4 drew in their D Division home game versus Heywood 5 and our 6th team were 3-2 winners in their E Division fixture away to Eccles.

These games took place on the same day that Magnus Carlsen retained his world title - with the 3Cs' 2 win including victories by Mitchell Burke and Kevin Ye.

Why mention just these two players from the team of seven ?
Magnus, Mitchell and Kevin were all born on 30 November !

Another player on the 3Cs' second team was Ran Song from China who is a friend of Crystal Ashton and currently visiting the UK with her family. Ran and Crystal often used to compete against each other when in China.

x Zaheem


Although it is probably not the usual practice to advertise other clubs, this is an exception ...

Manchester Social Chess Club has been formed to provide people in Manchester city centre with an opportunity to play chess in a non-competitive environment and just for the fun of it.

The club have no plans to enter any league but just want to give people a chance to play some casual games of chess in a friendly atmosphere and is ideal for those who work or live in Manchester or can travel easily to the city.

The club meet every Tuesday (7pm) at The Crown & Anchor pub, Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EE and welcome anyone interested in the game irrespective of their level of play - players who actually play in the Manchester League are also welcome to just have a night-off from playing in their usual competitive mode. There is no charge and also no commitment to attend regularly while free informal training is available from stronger players.

The club have also been honoured with the 2018 English Chess Federation's "Small Club of the Year" award.

View the club's website via this link ...

21 November 2018

In B Division of the Manchester League the 3Cs' third team won 5.5 - 1.5 away to Heywood 2.

Following on from Jade Drummond (formerly Stirrup) returning to the game after a 5 year absence with her appearance in last weekend's Bolton rapidplay event, the 3Cs' team also included another player coming back to the club after several seasons with Helal Ahmed playing his first game since 2005 and showing he had not lost his ability by winning his game against a higher graded opponent.

19 November 2018

Despite fielding only 3 of their actual first team squad, 3Cs' won 4-5 - 2.5 away to Blue Club to maintain their 100% record in the Manchester League's A Division. The 3Cs' team actually included two third team players, Mischa Tebelev and Ahmed Abbas, both of whom achieved draws against much higher rated opponents.