2 September 2018

The 3Cs' library has once again been increased thanks to another donation of books, this time from well-known chess author Aiden Woodger, who was impressed with how 3Cs allow their junior members to borrow books free of charge from their library and then just return them whenever they have found any information which may be of use to them.

Aiden, who is based in Halifax, has written books on many various aspects concerning the game of chess and is shown presenting his donation to 3Cs' founder Steve Rigby who had travelled across to Yorkshire in order to personally thank Aiden for his support of the club.

19 July 2018

The club had a pleasant surprise at their recent club night with the visit of former player Karen Bradley who gained International honours in 2000 and also won the British Girls' under-15 and under-16 Championships both in the same year of 2002. Karen visited in order to donate some of her chess books to the 3Cs' library and is photographed next to the 3Cs' British Championship Roll of Honour at the club on which she is named.

With 2018-19 being 3Cs' 40th Anniversary season it is hoped many other former players might visit the club during that time so they can view the legacy of their efforts from previous years.

Bentley John

13 July 2018

One of 3Cs' longest-serving players John Bentley (pictured left) has won the Manchester Chess Federation's Bramley-Harker Award as player-of-the-year in the League's top division. It is the second time in three years that John has won the award having also done so in 2016 while it is the fourth consecutive season that a 3Cs' player has lifted the trophy.

The winning of the award also means that 3Cs' players have been the top division's player-of-the-year on 12 occasions as well as a total of 24 such awards throughout the League's various divisions - both of these figures are now Manchester League records for one club.

11 July 2018

Ethan Gardiner is the latest 3Cs' player to achieve International honours after representing England in the Under 11s' European Schools Championships in Poland.

For British school year tournaments Ethan qualifies as an Under 9, whereas under the system used for international events (Jan to Dec) he is an Under 10, so playing against the top European juniors at Under 11 was a tough challenge, however it was certainly a great experience for Ethan and one he certainly enjoyed.

Ethan finished with an excellent score of 4.5 out of 9 and in 28th position out of 49 despite having been 47th seed. For further details click this link and then the "Open 11" section.

The photo shows Ethan in action during the event in Poland and in his new England shirt.


9 May 2018

Stockport 3 defaulted their league game against 3Cs 3 which means our third team have won the C Division Championship with a 100% record.

In winning the title 3Cs 3 have therefore matched the club's first team who had already secured the Manchester League's A Division championship.


3Cs 1 won the Manchester League's Reyner Shield by defeating last season's winners Chorlton 1 in the 2018 final. Although the match ended drawn 3Cs won by a superior board count and therefore also achieved the MCF league and cup double for a record 13th occasion, having been tied with Bolton on twelve apiece.

3Cs' achievement is even more impressive as their first double was in 2001 (ie 13 in 18 years) while Bolton's last such success was in 1997 and had taken them 101 seasons to gain their dozen wins.

The victory also increases 3Cs' record of the most trophies won by one club in the Manchester League (73) since its formation in 1892 - the nearest challengers being Bolton and Stockport, both on 59.

4 May 2018

The national governing body, the English Chess Federation, have announced their membership fees for next season (2018-19).

For details go to the "ECF members" page on this website (a drop-down box of the "Players" page) ... you might be surprised !!!

9 May 2018

Congratulations to 3Cs' Andy Horton who has gained a second International Master norm by virtue of his results in this season's 4NCL.

Norms are achieved by gaining good results in a competition against opponents of a particular standard and a player requires three Norms to be able to receive the title.

6 April 2018


3Cs received a surprise visitor at last night's weekly club night. Maurice Richards from Cornwall, who had donated over 50 chess books to 3Cs after reading an article about the club in "Chess" magazine, was in Oldham visiting his in-laws over the Easter holidays and came to the club with father-in-law Frank Bolger.

The club were delighted to have the opportunity to thank Maurice in person for his generous donation while he was also very much impressed with the organisation of the club and especially the enthusiasm for chess both from those behind-the-scenes and especially from our young players themselves. Maurice and Frank will always be welcomed to the club whenever he visits Oldham anytime in the future.
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23 November 2017

After reading an article concerning 3Cs in the October 2017 edition of "Chess" magazine which mentioned that the club had its own chess library and that its' junior members were able to borrow books free of charge to assist with their chess development, Mr. Maurice Richards of Cornwall wrote to 3Cs offering to donate many of his own books to the library in order to further help the club's young players.

Mr.Richards has a connection with Oldham in that his in-laws live in Springhead and on a visit by them to Cornwall they collected well in excess of 50 books which they then delivered to our headquarters. The books include many classic chess publications which will be extremely useful to our young players.

Pictured in the centre of the back row is Frank Bolger (Maurice Richards' father-in-law) along with 3Cs' officials Phil Adams and Dave Monaghan as well as some of the club's young players.

3Cs wish to thank both Mr.Richards for his kind donation as well as his in-laws, Carol and Frank Bolger for their part in making the delivery.

11 April 2018

The 3Cs' 1st team have won the Manchester League's A Division Championship for the 15th time in 17 years as Stockport 2 defaulted their last match of the season. Although 3Cs 1 and Stockport 1 have ended with equal points in the division, the superior number of individual games won by the 3Cs' players this season gives them the title.

This season's victory also equals 3Cs' best performance of having won the A Division title for six consecutive seasons (2013-18) - they also achieved that feat from 2006-11.

An incentive for next season ??? To equal the Manchester League record of 7 top division Championships in a row, currently held by Bolton (1971-77).


9 April 2018

3Cs ROCKS !!!
A recent craze on Facebook to now hit the UK is for children to paint small rocks, hide them in local parks and then put a photo on Facebook just to give people something to smile about and give it worldwide publicity. If anyone then finds the rock they too can download a photo of it.

Therefore, on a visit to Chadderton Park in Oldham, 3Cs' Ben Newton hid a small rock he had painted depicting the 3Cs' club - we now await a finder !


8 January 2018

Click onto the link below to see an article in tonight's Manchester Evening News which features 3Cs and especially Yaoyao Zhu (known to all at the club as Crystal Ashton) along with her daughters who are also among our up-and-coming young players.

3Cs wish to thank Beth Abbit of the Manchester Evening News for her work in publishing this article

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. 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 current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

28 December 2017

Grandmaster Stephen Gordon was back in town for the Christmas period and made a visit to the 3Cs' weekly club night. He is photographed here with one of the club's up-and-coming youngsters Ben Newton.

By the way, Stephen is the one on the left .... although it's hoped that Ben might well be in that seat in a few years' time.