Hamden Chess Club


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NOTE: In-person, Over-the-Board events will resume when risks of COVID-19 transmission subside. HCC members can play each other casually and play in our twice weekly Hamden Social-distance Skirmish (10 | 5 tournaments: Open ratings (Open to any rating) Mondays at 7:00pm; Under 1200 rating (Beginner Tourn) Fridays at 7:00pm. Go to: Hamden Chess Club on

Kids' Quad Chess Tournaments (3rd Friday Quads)

What: The Chess Challenge for Kids is a three-game mini-tournament for students of any level. Students are grouped into round-robins according to skill/experience. Top score for each round-robin quad receives choice of trophy or gift card! Participants learn to play using chess clocks and practice notating their games. Please bring your own water bottle. Entry fee includes cookies and milk/chocolate milk in kitchen between games! Please register early as space is limited.

Ages 5-13 (Kids are grouped according to skill/rating)
Winner in each quad can choose to receive a trophy (or cash). 2nd-4th places receive choice of chess medals or other prizes.

Date: See upcoming dates on Sign Up page. 3rd Fridays of most months.
Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: Play More Chess Academy, 1227 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT, 06517.
Register: To Register for the next Kids Chess Challenge please go to the Sign Up page.


Adult Quad Chess Tournaments (3rd Monday Quads):

What: 3rd Monday Adult Chess Tournament - Our main event open to adults. Brush up on your chess skills in a friendly, casual, mini-tournament environment. Usual format: Game/20, +3 sec delay. Elo rated games (not USCF) 4-person round-robin quads (3 games), grouped by rating. One 6-player Swiss section if necessary, with additional 2nd place prize. Ice tea and other refreshments available. Space is limited so sign up early.

Who: Any adult (high school age or older)
Prizes: Cash prize for winner in each quad
Date: 3rd Mondays of each Month
Time: 6:30PM ~ 8:30PM
Location: Play More Chess Academy, 1227 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517
Register: To Register for Adult Chess Night go to the Sign Up page. Registration closes when space is full or at 6:00PM on day of tournament, whichever comes first.

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.

Opportunities for Casual Play:
Chess Players can meet up and play games during any open hours in designated casual playing areas. If a class is in session in the classroom area the casual games must not interfere with the class. Children (12 and under) must have an adult present unless they are enrolled in a class.

Mondays (6:30-8:30pm) are the primary casual play time for adults (high school age and older). No registration required, the first couple visits are free to attend. After the first two casual play visits a Hamden Chess Club membership is required.

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Email: | Phone: 203.680.0657 | Hamden, CT