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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Hamden Chess Club

* Casual and Tournament Play with fellow club members each week

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

Monday Madness 7pm
Wild Wednesday 8pm Saturday Skirmish 3pm
(Online, eligibility based on blitz rating - open to kids and adults - all ages)

Casual Mondays and monthly Little Open Tournaments (adults - hs age and older)

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Chess Classes for Adults
(Fall, Winter, Spring)

*Classes meet one evening
(two hours) per week

* Chess 101 - Chess for Beginners

* Chess 102 - Chess Tactics

*Chess Club - (Six week sample)

* Chess Openings You Need to Know

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Classes at Hamden Adult Education web site:

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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:

    • July 28: Todd Kearns
    • July 26: Henry Schlag
    • July 24: Ewan Brown
    • July 21: Jordan Groff
    • July 19: Luannie Wang
    • July 19: Ted Burt (July Little Open)
    • July 17: Amanda Jiang
    • July 14: Todd Kearns
    • July 12: Daniel Ben Esti
    • July 10: Wyelin Newell
    • July 7: Asher Luszcz
    • July 5: Mark Sifrovich
    • July 3: Luannie Wang

As of July 29, 2021, over $5,430 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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