News at 3...cs

Andy Horton Interntnl Master

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.

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

21 March 2019

The 3Cs' first team have won the 2019 Manchester League Championship and in doing so have become the first team in the 128 year history of the League to win the title outright for 7 consecutive seasons. It is also the 17th time they have won the Championship in the past 19 years.

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

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.

Bentley John

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 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 story.

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 on the left .... although it's hoped that Ben might well be in that seat in a few years' time.

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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.


22 May 2019

3Cs 1 completed the Manchester League double by defeating Blue Club 1 in the Reyner Shield final therefore extending their League record to 14 doubles and repeating the feat they achieved the previous season.

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

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.


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.


23 November 2017 A new addition to the trophy room at 3Cs is a specially commissioned honours board featuring a list of all the club's British Champions at various levels as well as club members who have been President of the Manchester Chess Federation. Pictured are 3Cs' founder Steve Rigby (right) along with the club's chief coach Phil Adams, himself on the board as a former MCF President. The board, which matches an exisiting one already on display at 3Cs showing the club's International players, was once again produced by "CSG Sign Makers" of Welshpool, who have actually donated it free of charge to the club in recognition of 3Cs' achievements in promoting junior chess and producing regular quality youth players. 3Cs are very grateful to "CSG Sign Makers" for their kind donation.