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Play More Chess Academy

Play More Chess Academy was founded in 2011 to promote the game of chess and provide chess instruction to students of all ages. We are based in Hamden, CT but we have students who live around the world. Students can choose either in-person or online chess instruction.

Our programs offer students from kindergarten through adult a chance to learn chess and improve their chess skills. We teach all ability levels, from beginners to advanced players. Since 2011, we have offered after-school and in-school enrichment chess programs at schools in New Haven County.

Over 6,000 children and adults have participated in classes, private lessons and chess events offered by Play More Chess Academy since it was founded and over 120 students and club members participate in classes, lessons and other events on a weekly basis.

Play More Chess Academy was founded by Rod Groff, a USCF Certified Chess Coach and Certified Club Tournament Director with the United States Chess Federation.

Hamden Chess Club

Hamden Chess Club is an official affiliate of US Chess. The club has a permanent home at Play More Chess Academy and meets weekly for casual play. Tournaments and special events for kids and adults are held on a regular basis. In addition to scheduled events, HCC members can meet up with friends and play chess during open hours.

Store Hours:

Day of Week


12:00-4:00pm and 6:30-8:30pm


By Appointment Only - text 203.680.0657

*Online tournaments: Monday Madness (Beginners) 7:00pm, Wild Wednesday (Advanced -Open to All Rating levels) 8:00pm; and Saturday Skirmish (Beginners/Intermediate) 3:00pm.

*Additional afternoon and evening hours for Classes, Lessons, Appointments and Special Events. Confirm hours or item availability by texting number above or emailing:

*2021 Holiday Closures:

-Jan 1, 2021
-Jan 18, 2021
-Feb 15, 2021
-May 29-31, 2021
-July 4, 2021
-September 6, 2021
-October 11, 2021
-November 25, 2021
-December 23-30, 2021

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



Space Rental for Private Events:
Facility: Our facility (1928 square feet) is available for rent for parties and events involving chess, table tennis and foosball. Eight tournament-quality chess sets and clocks, Stiga table tennis equipment and a Tornado foosball table are available for your group. Six tables and plenty of chairs are available for serving food and eating. A kitchen with refrigerator, microwave other appliances are available for your use.

You may bring any food or drink you like, play music from your playlist through the built-in sound system. Parking for up to eight vehicles on the premises with additional public/street parking available.

Base cost: $300 for two hours and up to 20 guests (kids or adults). For kids birthday parties there must be one adult present per five children.

Add-ons: Additional guests, up to total of 25, at $15 per additional guest. Additional hour (or part there of) over 2 hours is $50.

Optional Tournament: A Staff Member can conduct a chess tournament for your group for $50. The winner receives a Hamden Chess Club trophy. A staff member is required for parties that have 15 or more kids.

Rental Responsibilities: Rental party will be responsible for any damages. Trash must be placed in trash bags at the conclusion of event.

For Further Information or to Request a Party Date:
Email: or call 203-680-8456.

We have chess books for kids and adults, chess sets, clocks, gifts and supplies. We have a full selection of affordable chess sets, clocks and books that make excellent gifts for chess players.


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Email: | Phone: 203.680.8456 | Hamden, CT