Hamden Chess Club


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A variety of chess events take place throughout the year. These include our Summer Chess Program, Tournaments (online and in-person), Casual Play Events-(most Monday evenings except tournament nights), Chess Movie Nights, and Open House days.

Hamden Chess Club - Little Opens (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: One day (24 hours) prior. No signups at door! Refunds 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

Online Tournaments
Hamden Chess Club hosts up to three online tournaments each week (usually Mon, Wed & Sat). They are open to HCC Members, including current 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 HCC participants.

Upcoming tournaments and links for this week are listed here:

To participate in an online tournament, first join the Hamden Chess Club (or enroll in a class as a student). Then set up a free account Lichess. Click request to join on the HCC page on lichess. Send your real name (for verification of HCC membership or current student status) as well as your lichess username to Once you are verified as an HCC member in good standing you will be able to join any of our online tournaments and be eligible to win a tournament prize. Only HCC current members and current students may join our online club and be eligible to win a tournament prize.


Tournament History
List of all past Tournament (2017 to Present) and names of first place winners (PDF)

A few photos from the past!

Movie Nights and Special Events:

Chess Students and Hamden Chess Club members can attend chess movie nights, simuls and other special events at a free or discounted rate depending on the event. Upcoming movies and special events are listed the monthly email newsletter sent to students and Hamden Chess Club members.

2020 Online Summer Chess Program (Check back in 2021 - hopefully we can offer both online and in-person summer programs)!

Each week will be filled with engaging learning, casual and tournament play within each week's group. We will play standard chess as well as learn/play new variants such as Crazyhouse, Chess 960, King of the Hill, Three-check, Antichess, Atomic, Horde, Racing Kings!

DAYS/TIMES: Monday - Thursday; 1:30PM-3:00PM 


1:30pm-1:45pm: Chess Instruction on a Key Tactic or Strategy and Brief study illustrating a Chess Variant.

Crazyhouse or other Chess Variant: Two 10+3 Rapid games

Five minute stretch/snack/bathroom break

Standard Chess Games: Two 5+3 Blitz games

WHERE: Coach Rod's Virtual Chess Room on and classroom on 
WHO:  Open to all students who understand the basic rules, are comfortable playing complete games of standard chess and have a solid understanding of check and checkmate. 
REQUIREMENTS: Each student will need their own device, a good internet connection and a free account at  It is recommended each device has a camera but not a requirement. 
SIGN UP: Registration is currently closed. Thanks to everyone who signed up for each of the six weeks in June and July. Each week was filled to capacity!

Past Event Photos:


Check out upcoming regional tournaments listed on the CT Chess Association page:



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Email: | Phone: 203.680.0657 | Hamden, CT