Hamden Chess Club


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Chess Classes
for Kids

*One hour per week

*Beginner and Intermediate Classes

*Engaging learning, tournament play within each week's group

*Online and In-Person Options

*Includes HCC membership & option to participate in weekly tournaments

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Summer Chess Program

*Week 1 - Jul 5- 9
*Week 2 - Jul 12-16
*Week 3 - Jul 19-23
*Week 4 - Jul 26-30

*Mornings, 9am-Noon
*In-Person; limited to 10 participants; ages 8-13

*Standard Chess, popular Chess Variants, Foosball, Table Tennis and Strategy-based board games!

*Engaging learning, casual play and optional tournaments

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Hamden Chess Club

* Casual and Tournament Play with fellow club members each week

* Join HCC, participate in our weekly online tournaments and win a prize:

Monday Madness 7pm
Wild Wednesday 8pm Saturday Skirmish 3pm

*In-Person Adult Casual Mondays and 3rd Mon Little Open Tournaments

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Registration Now Open: Adult Chess Classes - Winter/Spring 2021

  • Chess 101 - Beginning Chess
    #2819A Begins Mar 3: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm (Mar 3, 10, 17)
    #2819B Begins May 5: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm (May 5, 12, 19)

  • Chess 102 -Chess Tactics
    #2841A Begins April 14: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm (Apr 14, 21, 28)
    #2841B Begins Jun 2: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm (Jun 2, 9, 16)

  • Chess Club -"See if I Like it"
    #2846A Begins Mar 1: Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm (Mar 1, 8, 22, 29, Apr 5, 12)
    #2846B Begins May 3: Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm (May 3, 10, 31, Jun 7, 14, 21)

    Sign up for Adult Chess Classes at Hamden Adult Education web site:

Upcoming Hamden Chess Club - Little Open (In-Person Adult Quad Tournaments-3rd Mondays):

Little Open Details:
Time Control/format:
G/20, d3; Round-robin quads; Equipment provided
Entry fee: $15 HCC members; $25 non-members
Prizes: $30 1st each quad; one six player swiss group if necessary, with $20 2nd place prize
Eligibility: USCF membership is not required. Adults of all levels (high school age and up) are welcome. Elo (club rated games) not USCF
Entry deadline: 12:00pm (Noon) on day of tournament. No signups at door. Refund/credit available until entry deadline
Defaults: Players not checked in prior to start time may be defaulted. Clocks will start promptly
Byes: No byes due to round-robin format. All participants must play all three rounds
COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Please see list of requirements on Sign Up page


  • Congratulations to our recent 1st Place Tournament Winners:

    • May 10: Amanda Jiang
    • May 8: Daniel Ben Esti
    • May 5: Todd Kearns
    • May 3: Roberto Frunzio
    • May 1: Luannie Wang
    • Apr 28: Todd Kearns
    • Apr 26: Amanda Jiang
    • Apr 24: David Lewis
    • Apr 21: Todd Kearns
    • Apr 19: Amanda Jiang
    • Apr 19: Brandon Ahl (April Little Open)
    • Apr 17: David Lewis
    • Apr 14: Todd Kearns
    • Apr 12: Roberto Frunzio
    • Apr 10: Michael Pepper
    • Apr 7: Todd Kearns
    • Apr 5: Mark Sifrovich

As of May 11, 2021, over $3,840 has been distributed in cash and prizes at the adult and kids tournaments (OTB and online), since our tournaments began in 2017. Join the HCC, participate in our next tournament, and win a prize! Here is a List of all first place winners of our past Tournaments (PDF).

Hamden Chess Club hosts online tournaments each week for both Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced players in our group. They are open to HCC Community Members, including currently enrolled students of Play More Chess Academy. A $20 prize, (usually an Amazon gift card) goes to the first place winner for tournaments that have at least four participants. If less than four participants, online tournament will automatically cancel and no prize will be awarded. HCC Community Membership status must be current (in good standing) to receive a prize. Upcoming tournament links are listed here:



  • Our Location and Chess Programs were featured in this article in The Daily Nutmeg!

  • Best wishes to all of you and thanks so much for supporting our classes and other chess programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay safe! Play More Chess Academy is open for retail/store purchases only (books, chess sets, chess clocks, etc). In-person studio classes for kids are currently on hold due to COVID-19. HCC members currently play casual chess and tournaments each week on our platform ( In-person Adult Casual Play has resumed for HCC community members on Mondays, with COVID-19 safety protocols. Capacity is currently being limited. Join us Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm. No pre-registration necessary for casual play. However the 3rd Monday of the Month is reserved for the monthly Little Open, which does require pre-registration and an entry fee.


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Play More Chess Academy
1227 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
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