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
(Mornings in July)

*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!

*Complimentary t-shirt for each participant

*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 monthly Little Open Tournaments

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

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


  • Congratulations to our recent 1st Place Tournament Winners:

    • June 19: John Freeman
    • June 16 Mahmoud El Chamie
    • June 14: Amanda Jiang
    • June 12: Wyelin Newell
    • June 9: Jordan Groff
    • June 7: Henry Schlag
    • June 5: Luannie Wang
    • June 2: Asher Luszcz
    • May 31: Daniel Ben Esti
    • May 29: Roberto Frunzio
    • May 26: Todd Kearns
    • May 24: Luannie Wang
    • May 22: Mark Sifrovich
    • May 19: Todd Kearns
    • May 17: Ted Burt, Cole Markham, Tomas Gordon (May Little Open)

As of June 20, 2021, over $5,090 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:

Adult Chess Classes - Fall 2021

  • Chess 101 - Beginning Chess
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (Oct 6, 13, 20)

  • Chess 102 -Chess Tactics
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (Oct 27, Nov 3, 10)

  • Hamden Chess Club "Test Drive"
    Mondays 6:30-8:30pm (Oct 4, 11, 25; Nov 8, 15, 29)

  • Chess Openings You Need to Know (NEW)
    Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (Dec 1, 8, 15)

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


  • 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!


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