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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 Holidays & Other Closures:

-Jan 1, 2021 (New Year's Day)
-Jan 18, 2021 (Martin Luther King Day)
-Feb 15, 2021 (President's Day)
-May 29-31(Memorial Day)
-July 4, 2021 (Independence Day)
-Aug 9, 2021
-September 4-6, 2021 (Labor Day)
-October 9-11, 2021 (Columbus Day)
-November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving)
-December 25-26, 2021 (Christmas)

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



Chess Store:
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.

Age/Skill Level for Classes:
Studio classes are designed for students ages 5-13. Our curriculum guides students from beginner to advanced levels. Progress for each students is tracked allowing students to move at their own pace within each level.

Adult classes are offered each semester through the Hamden/North Haven Adult Education Program and are taught at the Play More Chess Academy location. Classes are offered for both beginning students (Chess 101-Chess for Beginners); and more advanced students (Chess 102 - Chess Tactics); as well as (Chess Club "Test Drive" and Chess Openings You Need to Know).


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Email: | Phone: 203.680.8456 | Hamden, CT