News at 3...cs

4 July 2020

3Cs' International Master Andy Horton took part in an online simultaneous event against 16 top juniors including two winners of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge Terafinal and many 140+ ECF rated opponents.

Andy set himself a very tight time challenge of 20min+15sec increment for the players and 80min+15sec increment for himself. He then made it even harder for himself by giving a live commentary on his twitch channel as well as advice and tips for the players. Ultimately Andy gained 14 wins, no losses and 2 draws, those being against 3Cs' Edward Jackson and Kevin Ye.

The event can be seen on Andy's online channel via this link ...

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28 June 2020

In their section of the online County Championship 3Cs finished just one point behind the winners Hull who had lost just one game throughout the event - against 3Cs ! Competition details via this link ...

8 June 2020 (Update)

After having also won 14 February and 8 March, "Three Cs" had a long lay-off due to the health criisis but eventually ran again on 8 June ... and won !

That made it three wins in a row and also four victories and two as runner-up in its last six races.
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7 February 2020

"Three Cs" winning yet again ..... on the horse racing track !!!

A race at Southwell today was won by a horse named "Three Cs"

Out of the 10 runners "Three Cs" was only 7th favourite yet ran home to win by 3.5 lengths at odds of 12/1.

Pictured is the race result - showing that Three Cs' jockey wore chequered colours - the only one in the race to have done so !

3Cs Horse

15 May 2020

The 3Cs blitz events have been a very successful innovation but are mainly for fun. However 3Cs are considering an additional, more serious on-line event along these lines:
Six rounds
One game a week
A rapidplay rate of play, rather than blitz (to be decided after consultation)
Either grading sections or one big Swiss with grading prizes
No entry fee
Money prizes at the end, maybe 5 x £20, provided out of club funds.

We do not know if and when the physical 3Cs club will be able to reopen. If normal 3Cs' Thursday coaching cannot be resumed in September, Phil is happy happy to set up on-line coaching one night per week, similar to that provided by Sarah and Alex while also even considering two groups on different nights, split according to current playing strength.

Manchester League
The league is hoping to resume at the end of September, but of course this may not happen, due either to government regulations or simply to players being unwilling to play over the board until they feel that is safe to do so. (The age-profile of the MCF suggests that the latter will be a big factor.)

If things can’t return to something like normal for the MCF by the end of September then 3Cs propose suggesting to the League the creation of an MCF on-line league and cup structure but at a faster time limit than for over-the-board play (being in front of a screen playing one game of chess chess from 7.30 to 11 pm is not a good idea) and hosted at a website that has good cheating detection (to at least deter, if not prevent, cheating).

Further information on all the above will be given once details have been finalised.

1 May 2020

Grandmaster David Howell and Sarah Longson, the organiser of the UK Chess Challenge, have produced a video in order to try and prevent any cheating while playing chess online.

Chess is an honourable game and we don't want any kids to succumb to temptation and pick up a bad reputation. Cheat moves are often quite noticeable to high graded players and algorithms can kill your account if there is suspicious behaviour.

The video can be seen via this link ......

3 December 2019

Edward Jackson made his England debut in Estonia playing in the European Rapid and Blitz Youth Championships, competing at under-14s' level and scoring 4.5/9 in both events, while he also played for England "A" in the team competition and was his side's top scorer with 5/7. His performances also gained Edward a total of 184 FIDE rapidplay rating points.

Edward (in the cap) is shown at the Championships with some of his England colleagues. (Click on any of the photos for a larger image).

19 December 2019

3Cs held their pre-Christmas evening at which they also played their "local derby" Manchester League matches involving 3Cs 1 versus 3Cs 2 in "A" Division as well as the 3Cs' 6th and 7th teams facing each other in the rapidplay league ("F" Division).

With pizzas, chessecakes, apples pies and a variety of other fayre on offer, the slideshow does seem to indicate that not everybody's mind was actually on the chess.

The slideshow photgraphs will change every seven seconds. Click "pause" above the main photo if you wish to do so and then "play" to resume". To go through the photos manually click on the forward or reverse arrows at the top


9 July 2019

Alan Walton has won the 2019 Bramley-Harker award as the player-of-the-season in the Manchester League's "A" Division. It is the third time that Alan has won the award, having also done so in 2004 and 2010, while this is the fifth consecutive season that it has gone to a 3Cs' player. Alan also won the "B" Division award in 1994.

The award extends 3Cs' MCF record to 13 occasions that the top division player-of-the-year has been won by a club member as well as the overall total of 25 for all divisions.

19 September 2019

Andy Horton has now had his name added to the 3Cs Roll of Honour board at the club in recognition of his recent achievement in gaining the title of International Master.

The board shows one other International Master - Stephen Gordon, who went on to achieve the ultimate title of Grandmaster - while also inscribed are the names of six FIDE Masters, one Candidate Master and 36 England Internationals.

Andy Horton Interntnl Master

10 October 2018

Andy Horton's promotion to International Master has now been verified by FIDE, the governing body of world chess, with Andy becoming the second 3Cs' player to achieve the honour - the first being Stephen Gordon who of course went on to gain the ultimate accolade of Grandmaster.

A brief explanation of how players are awarded such honours is shown on our "Titled Players" page on this website, with Andy having achieved the third International Master norm he required while playing in July at the Pula open event in Poland

27 June 2019

The ECF have announced the winners of their annual awards including the "Website-of-the-Year" which has deservedly been won by the Battersea chess club ...

The Battersea club actually held a simultaneous exhibition earlier in the season featuring 3Cs' very own Grandmaster, Stephen Gordon, as can be seen via their advertisement for the event.

So, as well as a Grandmaster, it seems as though we also have our own Mona Lisa !

Stephen Gordon

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 above next to the 3Cs' British Championship Roll of Honour at the club on which she is named.


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.

Aiden Woodger
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.

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.


9 April 2018

3Cs ROCKS !!!
A recent craze on Facebook to 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 !

Ben's artistic talents don't end there .. he also designed the 3Cs' club logo.


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 story.