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Another Win for Three Cs

Posted by ian on February 10, 2020 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)



"Three Cs" gained another victory .... but this time on the track rather than the chess board.


A horse named "Three Cs" won the 4.40pm race at Southwall on Friday (Feb 7). Despite being 7th favourite out of the 10 runners it ran away to win by 3.5 lengths at odds of 12/1 .... and yes there were some members of the 3Cs chess club who profited from it.


Pictured is the result card which also shows that Three Cs' jockey appropriately wore chequered colours ... the only one in the race to have done so.


Stockport Rapidplay Jan 2020. Congress Report.

Posted by ian on February 5, 2020 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

Crosstables for each event  can be found here.

The Individual Rapidplay was held at the Guildhall Stockport on 26th January 2020 as part of the 34th Rapidplay organised by Stockport Chess Club.

There were 138 players which was comparable to the previous year, with an impressive turnout in the Minor and Intermediate Sections, along with some very highly rated players in the Open Section. Most pleasing was the large junior contingent (22 players under 18) with a junior player winning each of the lower three sections.


In the Open there were 15 players. First place was shared by Paul Macklin of Chorlton, and Joshua Pink of Stockport with 4.5 points.


The Major was won by Junior player Sam Davies of Tiger Chess with an impressive 5.5 points, in a field of 18 players. Dan Sheppard of Stockport finished 2nd with 4.5 points and took home the Stockport League Trophy.


A huge Intermediate Section contained 50 players and finishing in 1st place, dominating in this packed field was Junior player Sam Parry of Cheddleton & Leek who won out and finished on 6/6. Raven Morrello of Chorlton and Philip Cattermole of Macclesfield shared 2nd place on 5 points.


There were 55 players in the Minor Section, which saw Dawn Supatan of Ashton finish 1st with 5.5 points. Dawn won the U12 prize last year in the Minor and her brother Denzel was last year's winner!


Second place in the Minor was shared between Alannah Ashton (another talented junior) and Neil Jackson, both of 3C's, Talakalukoppa Amarnath of Chesterfield, and Dax Bale of Chester who all finished on 5/6.


Junior prizes in the Minor were won by Bradley Triffitt of York RI on 4.5 and the U-12 prize was won by U12  was won by Thisumi Jayawarna  of Heywood  4/6


The Organisers would like to thank those players who gave donations towards the costs of running the Congress, to everyone who participated for helping the day run smoothly, and to the Controllors: Rod Middleton in the Open, Fiona Green in the Major, John Wain in the Intermediate, and Gareth Griffiths in the Minor. Special thanks must be extended to Peter Taylor for another year ensuring the Congress can go ahead and overseeing all the details and preparation.


The next SRP is provisionally scheduled for Sunday 31st January 2021 at the Guildhall and we hope many of you will return.

Greater Manchester under 160 team beat Notts 8.5-7.5 on Saturday to qualify for the ECF National stages.

Posted by ian on February 3, 2020 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Greater Manchester under 160 team beat Notts 8.5-7.5 on Saturday  to qualify for the ECF National stages (in May I guess TBC). A big thanks to all the car drivers, and to the team captain John Reyes, who arranged the venues and picked the team's. also to all the player's who took part in reaching the goal of qualifying for the national stages.

Manchester Junior Chess Junior 4 Nations Chess League 18/19th January 2020

Posted by ian on January 23, 2020 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Manchester Junior Chess

Junior 4 Nations Chess League

18/19th January 2020

South Normanton

Manchester entered two teams in the J4NCL, one each in the FIDE rated A Division and one in the ECF Rated B Division.

The A Team came third which was an outstanding result given that we were including two very new players to the FIDE rated tournament.

Sam Parry Leek & Cheddleton

Kyle Pelling Heywood

Edward Jackson Three C’s

Ethan Gardiner Three C’s

Darcy Casserly Worsley

Rowan Eccleston Bolton

Best result must go to Edward Jackson with 100% but good results from Rowan and Darcy who acquitted themselves well at the deep end!

The B Team came second and the most consistent players were Lewis Sheehy who got 100% in his matches and William Fairclough who got100% on Board one.

William Fairclough Bolton

Bryony Eccleston Bolton

Sam Hunt Bolton

Lewis Sheehy Bolton

Josh Seet London

Stephen Nagai Bolton

All results can be seen at

Finally a word for the Three C’s Team in the FIDE rated A Division

A big ask for a young team but they stuck to their tasks and should be applauded for their efforts over the weekend. Best score Alannah Ashton.

Next Match 15/16th February, Daventry. Want to play? Grade over 60? Contact

Gibraltar Masters 2020 is underway.

Posted by ian on January 22, 2020 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Gibraltar Masters 2020 starts Many top English GMS in action including Adams and Jones. Also 3Cs GM Stephen Gordon is playing.  Commentary live daily from 2pm GMT. with GM David Howell and WIM Fiona Stelli Antoni.

Twitch TV Live commentary

Live Commentary

Live games


Pairings Round 2

Stockport Rapidplay this coming Sunday. More details below.

Posted by ian on January 21, 2020 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)


OPEN Open to all

MAJOR For players graded below 170

INTERMEDIATE For players graded below 140

MINOR For players graded below 110

 Each player will be allowed 30 minutes for all moves. Players can have a First Round ½ point bye if requested at time of entry.

In each there will be prizes of £140, £90 and £40 along with grading prize of £40.

The highest scoring Stockport League registered player in the Major, Intermediate and Minor sections will be awarded an individual trophy.

A Veteran prize will be awarded to the highest scoring player over 65 years in the whole tournament.

Enquiries should be directed to

Manchester EPSCA Team Trial Saturday 1st Feb 2020.

Posted by ian on January 14, 2020 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)



Manchester EPSCA Team Trial


Every year Manchester enters teams in the EPSCA Associations Championships. There are three teams, Under 11, Under 9 and an Under 11 Girls team. Children who wish to represent Manchester need to either attend the Manchester Trials or register to play.


Manchester Juniors Trial


Where: Cleveland School


425 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5DH


When: Saturday 1st February 2020


10.30 a.m. to 4.30p.m. Bring a packed lunch


Who: Children who are under 11 years old and who are ether resident


in the Greater Manchester area or attend a school in the Greater Manchester area


Apply: Send Name, Address, Date of Birth, School and email address to


Important. If you cannot make 1st, Feb register as above and ensure you are considered.


Children from Tameside and Oldham have their own Association Teams and should contact Steve Rigby ( or Steve Mason ( accordingly.

Wijk aan Zee Tata Steel 2020. World Chess Champion GM Magnus Carlsen back in action.

Posted by ian on January 11, 2020 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Super strong 13 round all play all starts to day.  Games start 12:30 pm GMT

Live games Masters

Livw games Challengers

Players in the Masters

Players in the Challengers

Live Commentary GM Jan Gusti and GM Peter Svidler

Photo Credit @ Official website.

Manchester Junior Chess Tour. Shanghai July 2020.

Posted by ian on January 9, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)




Following successful visits over the last ten years to Poland (x2), Germany, Eire (x2) Spain and Russia (x2), Manchester Junior Chess has agreed with the Shanghai Ex Pat Chess Academy for a summer tour to Shanghai in July 2020.

The itinerary would include chess matches against children in Shanghai, an open Rapidplay and some social chess against our hosts. There will also be opportunities for seeing Shanghai.

Travel arrangements will be organised by Howards Way Travel who have done excellent service for us in the past. Their unconfirmed itinerary would be as follows.

5 July Manchester/Doha/Pudong Shanghai

0940/1950/2145/1035 on the 6 July (twelve hour plus flight)

11 July (But checking in 10 July) Shanghai/Doha/Manchester



Staying 4 nights Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis

£799pp based on 2 to 3 sharing a room.

Flying with Air France Manchester/Paris/Pudong Shanghai

All children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Want to know more or book a place, email